The Dallas Morning News

Theater festivals from Cara Mía and Undermain, dance program by Beckles

- Manuel Mendoza

Apair of theater festivals highlight Latino stories, particular­ly around social issues like immigratio­n and the drug wars. Cara Mía Theatre Co.’s Teatro en Fuga features three new plays by company members, including the story of a 7-year-old girl separated from her asylum-seeking mother at the U.s.-mexico border, a look at the early days of migrant organizer Cesar Chavez and a collaborat­ion with Prism Movement Theater based on a Peruvian myth about a lonely mountain god.

Undermain Theatre is rolling out the third part of Matthew Paul Olmos’ So Go the Ghosts of México as the centerpiec­e of its politicall­y minded Whither Goest Thou America festival, which also includes readings of the first two sections of Olmos’ trilogy. Other readings include a new work by longtime Undermain collaborat­or Len Jenkin.

Meanwhile, Beckles Dancing Company is restaging artistic director Loris Anthony Beckles’ version of The Rite of Spring for the first time in 18 years. The program also includes the premiere of Beckles’ Black Porschia; In Summer for dancers Tina Mullone and Lela Bell Wesley in celebratio­n of their 20th anniversar­y with Beckles; guest artist Momentum Dance Company; and pieces by company members Tristan Rodney and Kaleb Smith.

■ Teatro en Fuga: April 12-28 at the Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak St., Dallas. Single tickets $10-$15, festival passes $25. caramiathe­atre.org.

■ So Go the Ghosts of México, Part Three: Continues through May 5, as part of the Whither Goest Though America festival, which runs April 17-May 12 at Undermain Theatre, 3200 Main St., Dallas. $15-$40. undermain.org.

■ Beckles Dancing Company’s Rite 24: April 12-13 at 8 p.m. at the South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave., Dallas. $20. becklesdan­cingco.org.

 ?? File Photo/tom Fox ?? Dancers Tina Mullone (front) and Lela Bell Wesley of Beckles Dancing Company, shown in a 2015 performanc­e, will be featured in Beckles shows this weekend in a number called
In Summer, in celebratio­n of their 20th anniversar­y with the company.
File Photo/tom Fox Dancers Tina Mullone (front) and Lela Bell Wesley of Beckles Dancing Company, shown in a 2015 performanc­e, will be featured in Beckles shows this weekend in a number called In Summer, in celebratio­n of their 20th anniversar­y with the company.
 ?? File Photo ?? Matthew Paul Olmos’ So Go the Ghosts of México trilogy is back in the spotlight at Undermain Theatre, with the third part serving as the centerpiec­e of the Whither Goest Thou America festival. Above: Gloria Benavides (left) and Gigi Cervantes performed in the trilogy’s second part at Undermain in 2017.
File Photo Matthew Paul Olmos’ So Go the Ghosts of México trilogy is back in the spotlight at Undermain Theatre, with the third part serving as the centerpiec­e of the Whither Goest Thou America festival. Above: Gloria Benavides (left) and Gigi Cervantes performed in the trilogy’s second part at Undermain in 2017.

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