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Federico García Lorca is celebrated the world over for his poetry, music and plays. Yet at the age of 27, he was still a struggling artist living with his parents, staging puppet plays that were laughed off the stage by the critics. His need for freedom fueled his desire to succeed. In search of duende, his travels through New York and Cuba became a quest for cultural integration and gender acceptance. In the Americas, Lorca shined like a mad and fiery diamond, fusing his cante jondo with Afro-Cuban son to create a new rhythm of powerfully poetic drama.
Duende de Lorca follows the early years of Federico's early successes from the opening night of Mariana Pineda, followed by the printing of Gypsy Ballads and Poet in New York. Audiences will share in his triumphs and failures and his relationships with Salvador Dali, Melchor Almagro, Emilio Aladren and others as his journey from Spain to New York and Cuba shapes his life and his art.
Following the matinee on Saturday, Jan. 22, Teatro Milagro is pleased to partner with Powell's Books to present a "Bilingual Book Bazaar" in the theatre's lobby and future zócalo space next door. On hand will be representatives from various organizations, such as the Independent Publishing Resource Center, who will offer demonstrations and exhibits related to "zine"-making and bookbinding. Attendees are also invited to share in poetry readings while browsing a unique selection of English and Spanish literature available for purchase from Powell's. Teatro Milagro's Bilingual Book Bazaar is free and open to the public.
The 2011 tour of Duende de Lorca and "Journeys" workshops is made possible in part by grant support from the Oregon Arts Commission, Juan Young Trust, Ford Family Foundation and the Carpenter Foundation.
Miracle Theatre Group's 2010-2011 season is funded in part by Meyer Memorial Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Regional Arts & Culture Council and Work for Art, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Kinsman Foundation, Collins Foundation, James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation, Juan Young Trust, Shubert Foundation, El Hispanic News and El Centinela.
The restaurant sponsor for the opening night of this production is Pata Negra.
ABOUT MIRACLE THEATRE GROUP
The Miracle Theatre Group has been dedicated to bringing the vibrancy of Latino theatre to the Northwest community and beyond for more than 25 years. In addition to its national tours, Miracle provides a home for Spanish and Latin American arts and culture at El Centro Milagro, where it enriches the local community with a variety of community outreach projects and educational programs designed to share the diversity of Latino culture. For more information about the Miracle Theatre Group, visit www.milagro.org or call 503-236-7253.
Photo Credit: Russell Young
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