On December 9th and 10th 2010, you can experience a special, multi-cultural holiday event.
For several years, the Latino Theater Company has presented a holiday gift to the community, its production of “La Virgen De Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin.”
Adapted for the stage by company member and playwright Evelina Fernandez from the mid- Sixteenth Century text The Nican Mopohua, it relates the story of how the Virgin Mary appeared on four occasions to the lowly peasant Juan Diego in the mountains of Tepeyac near Mexico City in 1531. Miracles attributed to her intercession included the blooming of roses during a time of frost, and the recovery of Juan”™s uncle from the deadly plague. Juan”™s devotion to the Virgin was a catalyst for a spiritual renewal in the area. Perhaps two decades after the events occurred, the Indian scholar Antonio Valeriano recorded these events on paper in an Aztec language.
Ms. Fernandez has transformed the story into a work for the stage whose themes of faith, hope and perseverance can speak to people of all backgrounds.
*** The show is presented in Spanish with English supertitles. ***
Reserved seating is available for $35.00 and can be acquired online or by calling toll-free at (866) 811-4111.
Reserved seating is also available for subscribers to the Face of the World season of Los Angeles Theatre Center and holders of its Season Pass.
*** General admission is FREE to the public (all are welcome to attend) ***
The performances will be held at:
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
on Thursday and Friday, December 9 and 10, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.
A goodwill donation of $5 is suggested.Â No one is turned away for lack of funds.
Renowned opera singer Suzanna Guzman stars as the Virgin, and Sal Lopez plays Juan Diego, in a cast of over 100 professional actors, singers and dancers that also includes children and seniors from the community. Also featured in major roles are Castulo Guerra, Lucy Rodriguez, Geoffrey Rivas, Gabriel Rodriguez, Luis Aldana, Miguel Najera and Esperanza America Ibarra.
The production is directed by Latino Theater Company”™s Artistic Director, Jose Luis Valenzuela. Original music composed by Alfredo Lopez Mondragon. Music performed by Mondragon, Los Hermanos Herrera, Martin Espino and Chris Garcia. Choreography by Urbanie Lucero. Maestro de Danza Azteca: Lazaro Arbizu.
Report by Pauline Adamek