With this weekend’s production of The Migrant Farmworker’s Son, popular drama teacher Jane Martin is once again bringing something innovative to theater at Sonoma Valley High School. The play by Silvia González explores the multi-layered tensions in the family of a man and his wife who emigrated from Mexico to Arizona in the hopes of finding a better life. We see Henry, the teenage son, dealing with questions and issues inherent in the challenge of living in dual cultures – a challenge that is experienced daily by many students in the Sonoma Valley. How do their parents’ language, traditions and values relate to their own lives?
All the Latino actors in the cast are having their first–ever stage experience. They spoke about how working with the play has helped them better understand their own families and wrestle with these challenges.
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