ACE opens Tuesday with ‘Palenque Rojo’

“Palenque Rojo” will be presented at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Western Carolina University’s 2012-13 Arts and Cultural Events Performance Series opens Tuesday, Sept. 11, with a presentation of “Palenque Rojo” at 7:30 p.m. in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The contemporary drama was inspired by a clash between two major Mayan city-states that took place in 711 B.C., when the dynasty of the Cranium of the Snake, Tonina, decided to attack Palenque and take ruler Kan Joy Chitam II into captivity. Featuring 20 Mayan actors from Chiapas, Mexico, and live pre-Hispanic music, the performance re-creates the priests, servants, warriors and rulers of the time.

Ticket prices are $5 for students, $10 for WCU faculty and staff, and $15 for all others.

Tickets are available at the Bardo Arts Center box office by calling 828-227-2479 or visiting

For more general information about the Sept. 11 presentation and other ACE series events, contact Lori Davis at 828-227-3622 or visit