“And Then Came Tango,” a play inspired by the true story of two male penguins in New York’s Central Park Zoo that raise a hatchling, will be staged by master of fine arts students in UCF’s Theatre for Young Audiences program. The free play will be performed at UCF and the Orlando Repertory Theatre and is open to the public.

Playwright Emily Freeman is an Orlando native whose original work weaves dance, storytelling and music, while teaching diversity and acceptance. Freeman began developing the play in 2010 as an MFA candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. It won the 2013 Outstanding Theatre for Young Audiences Play at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

“And Then Came Tango” is recommended for ages 6 and older, and is an experience designed for intergenerational audiences and all varieties of families. Performances will be:

  • March 23 – UCF Visual Arts Building Auditorium, 2 p.m.
  • April 6 – The REP, 1001 E. Princeton St., Orlando, 3:30 p.m. (includes a post-show question-and-answer session for educators and parents.)
  • April 12 – UCF Performing Arts Center Bldg. 119T Studio 1, 2 p.m.
  • April 13 – The REP, 1 and 3:30 p.m.
  • For details go to www.facebook.com/projecttangotour or contact Ann Kinnebrew, tour coordinator, at akinnebrewucf@knights.ucf.edu.