2017-2018 Season

In The Heights

A collaborated production with The Ordway Center for Performing Arts

 

Before Hamilton, there was In the Heights, the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood—a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams, and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions to take with you and which to leave behind.

September 12-24, 2017

Soma Mnemosine

A production from Teatro La Candelaria

Soma Mnemosine is a performance art piece collectively created and directed by Patricia Ariza that explores the dual manifestation of joy and pain in the human body which converges through the bodies of the actors during the party ambience and contextual violence rampant in Colombia today. With themes of recurring entry ways, inevitably arriving through different pathways: individual-personal-body and the social-body, both subjected to the violence but hopelessly seeking refuge inside the celebration as an act of defiance, this is a show you won’t want to miss. This presentation is brought to you in Spanish with English subtitles

Date: Thursday, Oct. 12 and Friday, Oct. 13 at 7:30pm

Location: Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55408

Soma Live

Coco's Latinidad: An Immigrant Thanksgiving

Written by Silvia Pontaza and Alberto Justiniano

Coco’s Latinidad is a live radio variety show intended to provide Latino artists and community members an opportunity to create culturally appealing content to showcase their unique voices and talent. This live radio broadcast includes live music, drama and humorous storytelling as well as a visual art exhibits of local artists. The content will fluctuate between Spanish and English, emphasizing on a bilingual experience.

Date: Friday, Nov. 17, Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7:30pm and Nov. 19 at 4:00pm

Location: Creative Arts High School, 65 E Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55101

Help Wanted

Written by Virginia McFerran
Based on true events and stories

Help Wanted is a one-act play based on the true story of a family of impoverished immigrants who came to Minnesota in search of a better life and means to help their family in Mexico. The play demonstrates the plight of workers who risk harsh treatment and inequalities when trying to find work, and addresses the issues of immigration and workers' rights through satire. Presented in English with some Spanish. This unique presentation will include a facilitated talk-back after the performance about and around DACA. Each performance is between 50-55 minutes and a 20-30 minute talkback. Interested in taking your class? Contact us via teatromn@gmail.com or claire.frederick27@gmail.com with the subject line: Help Wanted Performances and we will set you up.
Date: March 23rd, 7:00pm
Location: Creative Arts Secondary School 65 E Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55101

Isla Tuliro

Written by Marlina Gonzalez
Directed by Marlina Gonzalez and Meena Natarajan     

Community Producer Cultural Society of Filipino Americans(CSFA)

Community Sponsor Fil-Minnesotan Association (FMA)

The idyllic life of the KAYUMANGGIs, brown-skinned islanders who live by Dagat Payapa (Ocean of Peace) is disrupted by the sudden arrival of mythical creatures from the ocean and from the sky, speaking strange languages, claiming the islands as their own and making up rules on how the islanders should live. In Tagalog, English and Spanish (subtitles provided)

Isla Tuliro is part of the Latino Asian Fusion Series. The Latino Asian Fusion Series is a collaboration with Pangea World Theater. The plays and associated events highlight the intersections, relationships, and influences between Latino and Asian cultures. The series is funded by the Joyce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Isla Tuliro is also funded by the Asian Pacific Endowment of the St. Paul Foundation.​

Date: April 6-7, 12-14, 19-21 at 7:30pm & April 15, 22 at 2:00pm

Location: The Southern Theater 1420 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Coco's Barrio: Alien Invasion

Written by Silvia Pontaza, Eric Silva Brenneman and Alberto Justiniano

Welcome to Coco’s barrio! From the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, join us for a live bilingual radio broadcast of Coco’s Barrio. A satirical cross between SNL and Prairie Home Companion, Coco’s Barrio showcases the power of Latinx artists with humor, drama and lots of music. Our host, Coco, will again take us on a stroll through her barrio, where dogs bark Spanish lullabies and gatos meow “al son” Latino. On this episode, we’ll experience an alien invasion like no other. Aliens suddenly come from the north and down from the sky, to a sleepy town in Mexico! Find out what happens next. Embark on a musical adventure with our musical guest (and house band) Alma Andina and special guest Mestifonía. Co-directed by Alberto Justiniano of Teatro Del Pueblo and Sue Scott.

Date: June 1, 2018 at 8:00pm

Location: Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55454

 

Alien Invasion

Coco's Barrio Encore!

Written by Silvia Pontaza, Al Justiniano and Eric Silva Brenneman

Welcome to Coco’s barrio! From the Creative Arts High School in St. Paul, join us for a live bilingual radio broadcast of Coco’s Barrio. A satirical cross between SNL and Prairie Home Companion, Coco’s Barrio showcases the power of Latinx artists with humor, drama and lots of music. Our host, Coco, will again take us on a stroll through her barrio, where dogs bark Spanish lullabies and gatos meow “al son” Latino. Coco will reminisce about past experiences and look ahead to her future endeavors. Embark on a musical adventure with our musical guest (and house band) Alma Andinaand special guest Mestifonía. Directed by Alberto Justiniano.

Date: June 29, 30 at 7:30pm & July 1 at 2:00pm

Location: Creative Arts High School Auditorium, 65 E Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55101