Monday, November 28, 2011

La Virgen De Guadulupe, Dios Inantzin


For a decade now, the Latino Theater Company has annually presented a holiday gift to the community, its production of La Virgen De Guadulupe, 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, they were recorded on paper in an Aztec language by the Indian scholar Antonio Valeriano.

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.

Renowned opera singer Suzanna Guzman stars as the Virgin on December 8, and Esperanza America Ibarra portrays the Virgin on December 9. Sal Lopez plays Juan Diego. There is a cast of over 100 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, Luis Aldana, Pepe Serna and Valente Rodriguez.

The production is directed by Latino Theater Company’s artistic director, Jose Luis Valenzuela. Original music is composed by Alfredo Lopez Mondragon and is performed by Mondragon, Los Hermanos Herrera, Martin Espino and Chris Garcia. Choreography is by Urbanie Lucero. Maestro de Danza Azteca: Lazaro Arbizu.

Click Here for tickets or call 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) at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, on Thursday and Friday, December 8 and 9, 2011 at 7:30 pm. A goodwill donation of $5 is suggested. No one is turned away for lack of funds.

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