Ardiente Paciencia (Burning Patience) by Antonio Skármeta has captivated imaginations around the world since it was first published in 1983. Now it is this month’s Valentine’s offering from Milagro Theater, 525 SE Stark St.

The story takes place during the later years of Pablo Neruda’s life, in the tiny coastal paradise of Isla Negra.  He befriends Mario,  a local lovesick postman.  The poet unwittingly becomes matchmaker, teaching Mario the value of a metaphor and how to woo beautiful Beatriz with passion poetry.  Of course, Beatriz’ mother has other ideas…

Neruda was the first male Chilean to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. After conceding his nomination for President to Salvador Allende who was then elected, the poet was appointed Chile’s ambassador to France and served for two years.

First presented by Milagro in 1989 in English, this time it is presented in Spanish (with easy to follow English subtitles) and the text overflows with Neruda’s lyricism and inspiration.

The tale opens February 14 and runs through March 8.

Tickets and more info at www.milagro.org /503.236.7253.