Time: April 17, 2009 at 8pm to April 25, 2009 at 8pm
Location: N4th Theater, Albuquerque. Call 505-345-2872
Street: 4904 4th St. NW
Website or Map: http://www.workingclassroom.o…
Phone: Call 505-345-2872 or 505-242-9267
Event Type: play
Organized By: Working Classroom
Latest Activity: Apr 19, 2009
8:00 p.m. on Friday & Saturday April 17, 18, 24 & 25 and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday April 19 & 20.
$10. Reservations and advanced purchase, call 505-242-9267 or stop by 212 Gold SW, Albuquerque.
Working Classroom’s talented youth theater ensemble presents an hour-long spoken word paean to Latina teens. Playwright Luis Alfaro has skillfully transformed the words of Latina poets Alma Cervantes, Sandra Munoz and Marisela Norte into a script that masterfully balances the shallowness of teenage slang-ridden discourse with the depth of pain, the humor with pathos as expressed in English, Spanish, Spanglish and Slanglish by five young Latinas on the tumultuous journey through adolescence.
Los Angeles playwright Luis Alfaro is a Chicano writer/performer known for his work in poetry, theatre, short stories, performance and journalism. He is also a producer/director who spent ten years at the Mark Taper Forum as Associate Producer, Director of New Play Development and co-director of the Latino Theatre Initiative. Luis is the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowship, popularly known as a “genius grant,” awarded to people who have demonstrated expertise and exceptional creativity in their respective fields. A Rockefeller Fellow and University of California Regents Chair Fellow, he is the only artist to have won two awards in the same year from The Kennedy Center's Fund for New American Plays. He is also the recipient of awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, Theatre Communications Group and PEN USA, among others.
New York director and choreographer Krista DeNio directed the world premiere of Light In My Soul, an interview-based drama about New Mexico conversos or crypto-Jews, written and produced by Working Classroom in collaboration with the Tectonic Theater Project. She most recently appeared in Ascension Variations, a dance performance choreographed by Meredith Monk, at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Working Classroom’s award-winning ensemble theater company comprises a truly diverse group of dedicated actors – African-American, Mexican, Hispanic and Anglo from 11-65 who train with some of the country’s top instructors and directors, present new work and contemporary plays by and for historically ignored communities in a highly physical theatrical language.