La Pastorela 2013: "A Sheperdela's Storia"
As it is customary every holiday season for the last 16 years, the Austin Latino Theater Alliance (ALTA) presents its production of the traditional Pastorela in the Black Box of the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC). This year, under the direction of Patricio Villarreal Avila, this old traditional Christmas Latino Pastorela brings to life contemporary characters from Austin's everyday life within a well know story. Gathering people from different origins, races, genders, ages and more, this theater play is an invitation to celebrate the holidays not only as part of the audience, but by participating in the Christmas festivity by accompanying these new shepherds on their way to their sought after destination.
The script for this Chicano tragicomedy, has been edited, enhanced and organized by Patricio Villarreal Ávila based on the original screenplay by Luis Valdes, and with contributions from local authors and artists like Thomas Salas, Marylou Castillo, Marita de la Torre, Kiko Villamizar, Christopher Edwards and Diego Villarreal. Under the artistic direction of Villareal and the musical direction of Kiko Villamizar, twelve enthusiastic actors will give life to this fun Christmas comedy, accompanied by live music and an original stage specially designed by renowned plastic and visual artist Claudia Montero from ArteStudio Austin.
Cast: Arcángel San Miguel: Diego Villarreal Ávila, Cucharón: Alessandro Sánchez, Gila: Ana Luisa Esperón Mudy, Bartola: Norma del Toro, Bato: Víctor Manuel Díaz-Sevilla, Parranda: Frida Isabelle Mack, Tebano: Saturnino Luis Zertuche, María: Eleana Ramírez, Ermitaño: Asdrúbal Gutiérrez,Luzbel: Mario Ramírez,Pecado: Erika Sánchez Zertuche, Astucia: Francisco Villamizar
The Pastorela is an interactive bilingual comedy for the whole family! The performances run from Thursdays through Sundays, beginning December 12 and ending on December 22.
General admission $ 15, $10 children under 13. Tickets for all shows are available through www.altateatro.com, www.eventbrite.com, or at the theater entrance.
ABOUT THE AUSTIN LATINO THEATER ALLIANCE (ALTA):
The Austin Latino Theater Alliance (ALTA) believes that the art of theater is a cultural force with the capacity to transform the lives of individuals and the community at large. ALTA’s work seeks to challenge the preconceptions of what is Latino theater, and become a source of inspiration and redemption that goes beyond activism and folklore. This commitment stems from a desire to bring Hispanic/Latin American plays and productions whose language, be it Spanish or English, speaks to the universal emotions and beliefs that transcend cultural, social and geopolitical barriers, and are rooted in the commonality of the human experience. With an intention of uniting and supporting Latino and Hispanic theater groups in Austin, the Austin
Latino Theater Alliance (ALTA) was born in 1998. The organization has contributed to maintaining the tradition of La Pastorela, a traditional nativity play, while fostering the development of new talents in the theater arts, promoting collaborative productions among local and international artists, and bringing high-quality theater to Austin. For more information, visit www.altateatro.com
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
600 River St
Austin Latino Theater Alliance
La Alianza de Teatro Latino de Austin (ALTA) nació hace 14 años como una organización artística sin fines de lucro, con el propósito de unir y apoyar el desarrollo del teatro latino e hispano en la comunidad de Austin