OCT 18–NOV 21, 2018
Milagro Theatre & Café
525 SE Stark St.
Portland, OR 97214
The reviews are in – ¡Alebrijes! "...is a whirlwind of excitement in song, music, puppets, masks, stylized movement, dance…a magical embrace that goes beyond cultures to reach the heart and soul of the dreamers still left in this chaotic atmosphere."
It is for death that life is all the brighter
Written and directed by Georgina Escobar
Original musical composition by Luis Guerra
How do you remember those who came before? Season 35 begins with Milagro’s beloved annual Día de Muertos production. This year, we take inspiration from an imaginary creature unique to Mexican art. ¡Alebrijes! A Día de Muertos Tale is a dream come to life, born out of one man’s dying vision.
When a young bride and groom-to-be discover the largest Dia de Muertos altar they’ve ever seen, they suddenly notice something’s run amuck, literally. A little creature, known as an alebrije, sweeps into the room and takes the bride’s imagination, forcing past and present to meld together in this playful homage to Pedro Linares, the creator of the alebrije. Set in present day San Luis Potosí, in Xochimilco in 1936, and in an afterlife that looks too much like a psychedelic Oaxacan jungle, young Pedro realizes his artistic potential through his relationship to his pets as totems, his love for painting, and a close encounter with death.
GEORGINA H.L. ESCOBAR, PLAYWRIGHT/DIRECTOR
Ciudad Juárez native and NYC-based artist, plays include Then They Forgot About The Rest (Sin Muros Fest), Bi- (Teatro Milagro), The Beacons (INTAR), Sweep (Aurora Theatre), El Muerto Vagabundo (Milagro), The Unbearable Likeness of Jones… (Dixon Place, The Flea), Ash Tree (Duke City Rep), and others. Collaborations: A Ribbon About A Bomb (Exquisite Corpse Company), Quixote: On the Conquest of Self (Writers Theatre). She’s written and directed for and with Milagro, New York Children’s Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, Clubbed Thumb Emerging Writers Group, INTAR, Project Y & Marfa Live Arts. Fellowships: MacDowell Colony, Fornés Writing Workshop, Djerassi. Awards: Kennedy Center TYA Award, Outstanding Service to Women on the Border, finalist National Latino Playwriting Award, semi-finalist Eugene O’Neill Theater Center
LUIS GUERRA, COMPOSER
Award winning composer and music producer, Luis Guerra, spent his early years playing drums and piano before picking up the double bass at an early age. He studied the music and composition and soon began performing professionally at the age of 15. He has performed on stage or recorded in the studio with musical luminaries including Peter Buck (REM), Patty Griffin, Marc Ribot, Jimmy Messer, Alejandro Escovedo, Samantha Ronson, Meiko, The Movement, Barrett Martin, Rahim Alhaj, Kevin Hays, Coleman Barks, Bobby Shew, Tosca Tango Orchestra, and Orchestra La Tribu. These days, he spends most of his time composing music for film, TV, podcasts, and online media.