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An inspiring tale of a young women dream to be an international soccer star. That’s the focus of Guapa by Caridad Svich a world premiere play at Milagro Theatre. Dmae Roberts finds out about this new work with artistic director Olga Sanchez. We’ll also hear from Jorge Huerta, leading Latin American Theatre expert.

In the second half.  Dmae talks  with Dante J. James, bureau director of Equity and Human Rights at the City of Portland about how they’re reaching underserved communities about Portland’s Arts Education and Access Income Tax including immigrants and those without internet access. This includes news of a possible deadline extension and ways to waive the late fines. To find out more about the tax call 503-865-4-ART (4278) or visit artstax.net. 


Olga Sanchez, artistic director of Milagro Theatre.

More about Guapa: Single-mom Roly lives in a dusty Texas border town that everyone longs to escape. She’s never seen anything like Guapa, a natural-born athlete with a fiery ambition to become an international soccer star. When Guapa joins Roly’s family, everyone’s life is turned upside down. With only one shot to reach the big leagues from the barrio, how can Guapa convince the non-believers to let go of their doubts and for her to succeed.


Guapa by Caridad Svich is one of the plays selected in the National New Play Network Rolling World premiere. This is a commitment by a theatre to mount the production three times so that the play can be developed to its fullest potential.

Guapa runs March 21-April 13, 2013. Previews Thursday, March 21, 7:30 p.m. and Opens Friday, March 22, 8 p.m., Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.Sundays at 2 p.m. at Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark Street, Portland, Oregon 97214

ADMISSION: $15 (preview) – $30; discounts for students, seniors, groups of 15+ and advance purchases. Tickets can be purchased from www.milagro.org or 503-236-7253 


Caridad Svich

Caridad Svich

Caridad Svich had had productions at the Denver Center, Mixed Blood Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Repertorio Espanol, 59East59, McCarren Park Pool, 7 Stages, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, Teatro Mori (Santiago, Chile), ARTheater (Cologne), and Edinburgh Fringe Festival/UK. She received the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based on the novel by Isabel Allende, and has been short-listed for the PEN Award in Drama three times, including in 2010 for Instructions for Breathing. Her key works include 12 Ophelias,Alchemy of Desire/Dead Man’s BluesAny Place But HereIphigenia…A Rave Fable,Fugitive PiecesIn the Time of the Butterflies (based on Julia Alvarez’s novel),Magnificent Waste, and the multimedia collaboration The Booth Variations


Jorge Huerta

Jorge Huerta

Jorge Huerta is professor Emeritus of Theatre & Dance at the University of California, San Diego, is the nation’s leading expert in the field of Chicana/o and U.S. Latina/o theatre. He has edited three anthologies of plays and written the landmark books Chicano Theatre: Themes and Forms and Chicano Drama: Performance, Society, and Myth. Huerta has directed in theatres across the country and has lectured and conducted workshops throughout the U.S., Latin America, and Western Europe. In 2007 Huerta was honored by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education for “Lifetime Achievement in Educational Theater.” In 2008 he was recognized as a “Distinguished Scholar” by the American Society for Theatre Research.

Sunday, March 24th at Milagro Theatre: Post-play conversation with Jorge Huerta, Professor Emeritus of Theatre & Dance at the University of California, San Diego, 

Monday, March 25, 2013: Jorge Huerta, “The Many Stages of Chicana/o Theatre: From the Fields to the Arena”at Psychology 105, 5 p.m. Free and open to the public. More into at: http://reed.edu/aloud/

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