High tide: Yemaya’s Belly

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS -

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 teat­roparaguas@gmail.com. — Jen­nifer Levin

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.