Written by Lina Montalvo
Based on the Book Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto. Text copyright @ 1993 by Gary Soto. Adapted with permission of the author and BookStop Literary Agency. All rights reserved.
If it's Christmas, it is time for "Too Many Tamales", an annual holiday show in a working'class neighborhood that has developed a dedicated following with its homage to bi-culturalism. Rendered from the book by Gary Soto, "Too Many Tamales", the audience laughs when Mr. Cormack butchers his Spanish trying to make a connection with his in-laws. Mama explains the Latino tradition of making tamales at Christmas time. Laughter fills the theater as Maria and her cousins consume dozens of tamales trying to find the lost ring. Every family has some little bit of dysfunction and tension around Christmas and Thanksgiving. The play keeps it light and fun, as it deals with the theme of giving in a different culture. A show about family, holiday traditions and multi-generations.
Directed by Cecilia Garcia.
Dates of show (by language):
ENGLISH: Friday, 12/21, showing at 8pm
SPANISH: Sunday, 12/23 12pm
Bilingual Foundation of the Arts
The mission of the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts (BFA) is to serve communities by presenting classic Spanish language drama and contemporary plays on Hispanic themes to English- and Spanish-speaking audiences, thereby bringing awareness of the diversity of the Hispanic culture through theater. Within this mission, BFA provides educational resources and training opportunities in the performing arts.
BFA’s vision is to positively affect the image and self-esteem of Hispanic people; to influence the inclusion of Hispanic cultural arts in public school curricula; to share the beauty of Hispanic drama with the entire community; and to create a pool of talented well-trained, experienced Hispanic theater artists.