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FRIDA, un retablo
January 10, 2013 - January 19, 2013
A bilingual Teatro Milagro touring production written by Dañel Malán
Directed/choreographed by Gabriela Portuguez
Sponsored by Garcia Seabold Investments, LLC
WHEN: Jan.10-19, 2013
Thursday, Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m., Preview
Friday, Jan. 11, 8 p.m., Opening Night with complimentary reception catered by La Bamba Restaurant
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Matinees: Sunday, Jan. 13 and Saturday Jan. 19 at 2 p.m.
WHERE: Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark Street, Portland, Oregon 97214
ADMISSION: $12 – $24; discounts for students, seniors, groups of 15+ and advance purchases
Tickets can be purchased from www.milagro.org or 503-236-7253
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SPECIAL EVENT: In conjunction with the play, Milagro is also pleased to present an art installation created by Susan Espino that explores the life and work of Frida Kahlo. Situated in the Zócalo room adjacent to Milagro’s lobby, the walk-through exhibit will depict vignettes from Kahlos’ home, the “Blue House” in Coyoacán, Mexico. Visitors will have the opportunity to read Frida’s letters and poetry, try on clothing and make-up, and even try their own hand at drawing a self-portrait. The exhibit will also include handmade dolls by Lulu Moon and photography by Sylvia Malán-González and Russell J. Young. The exhibit is free and open to the public one hour prior to each performance, as well as all day between 2 p.m. matinee and 8 p.m. closing performance Saturday, Jan. 19.
ABOUT THE PLAY
In Tehuantepec dress with eyebrows taking flight like the wings of a raven, Frida Kahlo is legendary for her numerous affairs, self-portraits and an independence that inspired generations of feminists around the world. >From the streetcar accident that left her crippled, to her torrid relationship with muralist Diego Rivera, life and art intertwine in this story of one of Mexico’s most acclaimed visual artists. She was called a surrealist, but Frida said she never painted dreams, only her own reality.
The remount — the play’s third time on national tour — is inspired by constant requests from Milagro followers, coupled with rave reviews from the 2007 production:
“…a curiously captivating and winning success, mixing humor with a deeper understanding of Kahlo’s tumultuous, fiery life”.— Elianna Barél, Willamette Week
“…the larger issues are well portrayed, from her life-long struggle with pain and anguish, to her battle being recognized as an artist separate from her role as Diego’s wife.” —Theresa Hogue, Corvallis Gazette-Time
ENSEMBLE (in alphabetical order)
Tricia Castañeda-Gonzáles … Frida and others
Dañel Malán … Spirit of Frida and others
Ajai Terrazas-Tripathi … Old Frida and others
Daniel Moreno … Diego Rivera and others
Gabriela Portuguez … Director/Choregrapher
Adrienne Shelnutt … Assistant Director, Costume Designer, Prop Master
Rory Merritt Stitt … Composer
Tomás Rivero … Mural
Katelan Braymer … Lighting Designer
Susana Espino … Art Installation
Estela Robinson … Production Manager
Russell J. Young … Photographer
Dañel Malán… Artistic Director
José E. González … Executive Director
ABOUT THE CAST
Dañel Malán, Artistic Director & Playwright, co-founded Miracle Theatre Group with her husband, José E. González and in 1989 created the bilingual touring program, Teatro Milagro. Under her artistic direction, Ms. Malán has created and produced over 20 original bilingual plays that have toured throughout the U.S., Mexico and Canada. As a playwright her recent works include El Último (2009) a bilingual ecodrama, ZAPATISTA (2008) the story of SubComandante Marcos and FRIDA, un retablo (2007), a surrealist vision of one of Mexico’s greatest artist. In addition to researching and writing several plays, Ms. Malán has also written and produced four books of bilingual curriculum for English-as-a-Second Language instructors.
Daniel Moreno, Performer & Workshop Instructor, has performed in Milagro productions for several years, which include The Shrunken Head of Pancho Villa and Miracle’s Día de los muertos festivals: La Carpa Calavera, La Carpa del Ausente and La Carpa del Maestro. Teatro Milagro’s touring productions include El Último, American Sueño and Duende de Lorca. His recent performances in Portland area theatres have included CRT’s critically acclaimedOklahoma!, PAC’s showing of Big Love and Pelú Theatre’s A Suicide Note from a Cockroach. In addition to working in the tour, he has been instrumental in the design and execution of Milagro’s new CDS program and works in the Milagro office as a production assistant, house manager and volunteer coordinator.
Tricia Castañeda-Gonzáles, Performer and Workshop Instructor, is from Portland, where she received a degree in Theatre Arts from Linfield College. While she has been engaged in theater since her early years, she also has a strong background in education and works as a pre-school teacher. In addition to acting with Milagro,, Tricia has also worked in Portland with Defunkt Theatre, Willamette Shakespeare, Portland Playhouse and CoHo Productions. When she is not teaching you may find her building a set or stage managing. This is Tricia’s second year as a company member of Teatro Milagro.
Ajai Terrazas-Tripathi, Performer & Workshop Instructor, is originally from Corvallis, Oregon, where he graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Theatre Arts. During his time at OSU he performed many memorable roles in such plays as Picasso at Lapin Agile, Much Ado about Nothing, Woyzek, The Silent Woman, and An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein. Ajai has also directed Bringing it all Back Home, No Exit and Doric Wilson’s Street Theatre. He has also recently produced Stories of Discrimination: The Death Rattle, an original play based on real-life stories for the nonprofit Rainbow Health Resources based in Corvallis. In addition to beginning his third year of touring with the company, he also assists with grant writing and development of Milagro’s community outreach efforts.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER
Gabriela Portuguez, Director/Choreographer, recently founded Latin Groove PDX Productions to develop and produce artistic projects that highlight the Latino and Chicano culture of the Northwest. Gabriela has brought to Portland, from the Los Angeles area, her combined expertise in Jazz, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop, Ballet, African and Folk dance traditions. Her performance career includes live stage, television and film. In Portland, Oregon, Gabriela’s performance credits include television and radio spots for Univision, Lara Spanish Media, Leverage, Portland Timbers and various community partners. Her teaching career has spanned from Switzerland to the United States, specifically for such groups as Millennium Dance Complex and the Edge in Los Angeles, MVP Dance Elite Studios and Groove Nation Dance Academy in Portland. In the last year Gabriela has been recognized for her work in producing, choreographing, and directing events and productions for Miracle Theatre Group for various cultural events such as Posada Milagro and Mundo las Mujeres.
ABOUT THE SPONSORS
This production is sponsored by Garcia Seabold Investments, LLC
Miracle Theatre Group’s 2012-2013 season is supported in part by Equity Foundation, Regional Arts & Culture Council and Work for Art, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Collins Foundation, Ronni Lacroute, Oregon Community Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Kinsman Foundation, Shubert Foundation, Juan Young Trust, PGE Foundation, US Bancorp Foundation, KeyBank Foundation, Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, Rose Tucker Charitable Trust, Carpenter Foundation, Jackson Foundation, Hoover Family Foundation, Templeton Foundation, Portland Timbers, El Centinela, and El Hispanic News/PQ Monthly.
ABOUT MIRACLE THEATRE GROUP
For more than 28 years, the Miracle Theatre Group has been dedicated to bringing the vibrancy of Latino theatre to the Northwest community. In addition to its national tours, Miracle provides a home for Spanish and Latin American arts and culture at El Centro Milagro, where it enriches the local community with a variety of community outreach projects and educational programs designed to share the diversity of Latino culture. For more information about the Miracle Theatre Group, visit www.milagro.org or call 503-236-7253.
(left to right) Dañel Malán, Ajai Terrazas-Tripathi, Tricia Castañeda-Gonzáles and Daniel Moreno in the revival of Milagro’s national touring production FRIDA, un retablo, onstage Jan. 10-19, 2013 at the ., Portland); for information/tickets: 503-236-7253 orwww.milagro.org. Photo by Russell J. Young