Theatre Production: IMPURE THOUGHTS (without apology)

Date & Time:
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 8 p.m.
LeFevre Theatre, 1928 St. Marys Road, Moraga, CA 94575
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Following his stunning production of Marcus Gardley's Civil War poem ... and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi (Fall 17), our collaboration with playwright Ken Prestininzi continues. In Impure Thoughts (without apology) the writer finds inspiration in the story of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a brilliant poet and Savannah Williams (Loa) and Alejandra Rivas (Sor Juana).scholar who lived as a nun in Baroque New Spain (now Mexico). This award-winning play, opening April 26th, is receiving its first full production at Saint Mary's as part of our 25th Anniversary season.
Impure Thoughts explores the spiritual and political crisis that overtook Sor Juana at the height of her fame. When Church elders demanded she renounce the writing life, she replied in La Respuesta, a spirited defense of women's talents and intellect as gifts from God. As Dean Sheila Hughes observes, Impure Thoughts "movingly portrays one woman's struggle to think and write freely, in an age when women's minds, as well as their bodies, were subject to complete control by family, society, and the Church."
See promo video at the bottom of the page.

Performances (free parking in Justin Lot):

Thursday, April 26 at 8 pm

Friday, April 27 at 4 pm & 8 pm

Saturday, April 28 at 8 pm

Sunday, April 29 at 2 pm

Running Time: Approx. 2.5 hours

Please join us for these audience-enrichment events:

On Sor Juana: Making Space for Women in the New World

Click HERE for more information.

Meet the Playwright: Saturday, April 28

Click HERE for more information.


Ticket information:

$15 General Admission

$12 SMC Faculty/Staff, Non-SMC students, Seniors

$8 SMC Students

Purchase Tickets Here (Online sales close the night before each show, but tickets are available at the Box Office an hour before curtain.) :

Thursday, April 26 at 8pm

Friday, April 27 at 4pm

Friday, April 27 at 8pm

Saturday, April 28 at 8pm

Sunday, April 29 at 2pm



Tara Sundy

Performing Arts Department Coordinator & Events Manager

Saint Mary's College of California

(925) 631-4670

Additional Dates & Times: 
Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 8 p.m.
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 4 p.m.
Friday, April 27, 2018 - 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 2 p.m.