High tide: Yemaya’s Belly
In Yemaya’s Belly, a boy named Jesus runs away from his hometown toward the promise of a wealthier future only to be tempted in other ways by Yemaya, goddess of the ocean. The play explores themes of manhood, immigration, spirituality, and materialism, combining lyrical magical realism with the harsh realities of seeking asylum as a refugee, as Jesus, accompanied by a young woman, makes his way to the United States on a raft.
Yemaya’s Belly is the first play by Quiara Alegría Hudes, who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for Water by the Spoonful. Yemaya’s Belly received the Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting and the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival Latina Playwriting Award. Directed by Alix Hudson, Yemaya’s Belly runs from Friday, Oct. 9, to Oct. 25, at Teatro Paraguas Studio (3205 Calle Marie). Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 with discounts available. For reservations call 505-424-1601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. — Jennifer Levin