Dmae talks with artistic director Stan Foote of Oregon Children’s Theatre. He’ll be joined by director Rebecca Martinez and actor Marcelino Hernandez from Tomás & the Library Lady. The show runs April 1st through 29th at the Winningstad Theatre. We’ll hear about the play that promotes literacy based on the true story of Mexican-American Tomás Rivera, chancellor of the University of California, Riverside.

(Aired 3/21/17 on KBOO 90.7FM or always on and always on  iTunes)

Stan Foote & Marcelino Hernandez

Tomás & the Library Lady in both Spanish and English is based on the true story of Mexican-American author and educator, Tomás Rivera. Adapted from the  book by Pat Mora, the play shows the bond that forms when a boy and a librarian share a love of books. Tomás Rivera went on to become a well-known author and the chancellor of the University of California, Riverside. Throughout his life, he was a strong advocate of the power of education for Mexican-Americans.

Photo by Owen Carey

Oregon Children’s Theatre presents Tomás & the Library Lady
Based on the true story of Tomás Rivera
A play with both English and Spanish

Written by: Pat Mora
Adapted by: José Cruz González
Directed by: Rebecca Martínez
Dates: April 1—29, 2017
Times: Saturdays at 2:00pm and 5:00pm, Sundays at 11:00am and 2:00pm [no 11am shows 4/16 or 4/23 or 5pm on 4/29]
Location: Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Tickets: $18-$28 for adults and $14-$24 for children (discounts for groups of 8+)
Box Office: 503-228-9571
Other info: Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Saturday, April 1st, all shows: First Timer/First Saturday. $5 tickets for children attending theater for the first time.  See for details.
Sunday, April 2nd and April 23rd: Grandparent Day.  Special senior (age 62+) ticket prices on the first and last Sunday of each show. Tickets are only $11 – $21.
Saturday, April 8th, 2:00 pm: Interpreted performance in American Sign Language.
Saturday, April 8th, all shows: Scout Day.  Tickets for Girl and Boy Scouts are discounted 25%. Fun patches are available for sale for $2 each (order in advance).
And 30 minutes before each show, join Portland Early Learning Project in the lobby for bilingual story time in Spanish and English
Tomas as a youth
Tomás Rivera, chancellor