Milagro presents the Northwest Premier of Lydia By Octavio Solis & Directed by Kinan Valdez
ABOUT THE PLAY
Milagro presents the 2008 Henry Award winner for Outstanding New Play, Lydia. Set in the 1970s on the Texas border separating the United States and Mexico, the play tells the story of a young girl, Ceci, disabled by a tragic accident, and her caretaker, Lydia, who is the only one with whom Ceci can communicate. An emotionally-charged play of family, secrets, and magical realism.
Some thoughts from the playwright on Lydia:
How much of the story is drawn from your own experience in El Paso?
It’s not about my family but it’s about elements of my life growing up. Elements in my life that are common in a lot of a Latino families. I recently went to El Paso and they were doing a performance of Lydia at a local school. They did a reading for me and some friends of mine that came said they felt like, “you were telling our stories.” The themes became immediate to them and it brought it all back for them. I thought to myself that’s good, it really is universal. And of course, the only way to make a play universal is to make it specific.
Do you have any comment on the place of this play as it deals with immigration in regards to today’s political climate?
Today there is a lot of national talk about immigration. In El Paso it’s always been like that; it’s only now a part of a national conversation. We always had to deal with the fact that the border patrol was going to be walking around every couple hours. There was always going to be someone trying to find their way here. It has always been part of my consciousness.
March 16 – April 8, 2017
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 PM, Sunday at 2 PM
Thursday, March 16, 7:30 PM — Preview
Friday, March 17, 7:30 PM — Opening Night
Adult tickets are $27 in advance, $32 at the door.
Discounts for students, seniors, veterans, groups 15+, and with the Oregon Trail card through the Arts for All program.
Senior tickets are $25 in Advance, $30 at the door.
Student/Veteran tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
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Tickets available at milagro.org or 503-236-7253.