Go see: The Migrant Farmworker’s Son

Go see: The Migrant Farmworker’s Son

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.

Read more at Sonoma Valley Sun

 

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El Vagon in L.A.

El Vagon in L.A.

El Vagon currently plays at Frida Kahlo Theater in Los Angeles. A book signing with Silvia and five other authors of Borders on Stage where El Vagon is included. Book signing is at the Frida Kahlo Theater on November 2 at 4pm with the play El Vagon at 6pm.

“The passion of the five immigrants transcends language; their longing for their destination is palpable in their physicality.” -Backstage

“…a moving snapshot from the front lines…elegantly designed and fiercely acted…” -Village Voice

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‘Wonder Tierra’ mixes best of Lewis Carroll, Oz

‘Wonder Tierra’ mixes best of Lewis Carroll, Oz

‘Wonder Tierra’ mixes best of Lewis Carroll, Oz
12:53 PM CDT on Monday, September 17, 2007
By LAWSON TAITTE / Theater Critic

You could hardly ask for a better way to spend Mexican independence day than watching Alicia in Wonder Tierra.

Mike Stone / Special to DMN
Rosaura Cruz and Amanda Fae Elrod explore a fantastical dreamland in Alicia in Wonder Tierra. Cara Mia Theatre Company is performing this family show by Silvia Gonzalez S., appropriately enough, at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts (the home of Dallas Children’s Theater). It’s all about understanding – and loving – one’s cultural roots.

Alicia in Wonder Tierra, as the name suggests, is a loose adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s two Alice books – but it also owes at least as much to The Wizard of Oz. Alicia, an adolescent Mexican-American who doesn’t speak a word of Spanish, reluctantly visits a shop dedicated to Hispanic arts – all the while agitating for a later stop by the mall.

Vaguely browsing through a back room, she climbs up to examine a piece of pottery. She falls, breaking the pottery and conking herself out.

For nearly two hours, she follows various figures through a dreamland that introduces her to Mexican culture. Ms. Gonzalez’s play never really finds a strong enough structure to keep us feeling that it is moving forward, but is inventive moment to moment.

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Wonder Tierra’ mixes best of Lewis Carroll, Oz

Wonder Tierra’ mixes best of Lewis Carroll, Oz

‘Wonder Tierra’ mixes best of Lewis Carroll, Oz
12:53 PM CDT on Monday, September 17, 2007
By LAWSON TAITTE / Theater Critic

You could hardly ask for a better way to spend Mexican independence day than watching Alicia in Wonder Tierra.

Mike Stone / Special to DMN
Rosaura Cruz and Amanda Fae Elrod explore a fantastical dreamland in Alicia in Wonder Tierra. Cara Mia Theatre Company is performing this family show by Silvia Gonzalez S., appropriately enough, at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts (the home of Dallas Children’s Theater). It’s all about understanding – and loving – one’s cultural roots.

Alicia in Wonder Tierra, as the name suggests, is a loose adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s two Alice books – but it also owes at least as much to The Wizard of Oz. Alicia, an adolescent Mexican-American who doesn’t speak a word of Spanish, reluctantly visits a shop dedicated to Hispanic arts – all the while agitating for a later stop by the mall.

Vaguely browsing through a back room, she climbs up to examine a piece of pottery. She falls, breaking the pottery and conking herself out.

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Opening at Repertorio Espanol August 2, 2007

Opening at Repertorio Espanol August 2, 2007

EL VAGÓN (Boxcar) written by Silvia González. Directed by René Buch.

A Hispanic border patrol officer is forever changed as a witness recounts the story of how several men attempting to cross the border in a boxcar die of suffocation.

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