"Amarillo"

Portland, Oregon—Boom Arts (Portland) and OntheBoards.tv (Seattle) in partnership with arts centers throughout the region will bring Teatro Línea de Sombra’s beautiful, poignant, timely theatre work Amarillo, in a high-definition filmed version, to communities around the Pacific Northwest April 14 – June 20, 2013. Columbia Center for the Arts will be screening this film on June 5th at 7:30 p.m. Columbia Center for the Arts is located at 215 Cascade Ave. in downtown Hood River.

Created by the acclaimed Mexican theatre troupe Teatro Línea de Sombra, Amarillo uses contemporary visual and multimedia theatre to evoke the hope and despair experienced by Mexican and Central American migrants attempting to cross the US/Mexico border. Amarillo, with its universal themes and compelling imagery, has toured throughout the US and around the world, resonating with audiences of all languages and backgrounds. The piece expands our collective conversation about immigration and border issues with a poetic Mexican perspective.

The performances of Amarillo were filmed with live audiences November 8-11, 2012 at On the Boards in Seattle during part of its US tour. The show, called “stunning, vital, unforgettable” by the Seattle Times, was then edited in conjunction with Thinklab Inc and the artists to create a filmed version that best represented the original performance.

Between April and June 2013, OntheBoards.tv and Boom Arts will expand the Pacific Northwest audience for Amarillo by screening an HD film of the piece in five regional communities. The film was made for OntheBoards.tv, an online, on-demand site for the best of contemporary performance. Each screening will be hosted by and co-curated with a local arts partner and will include a bilingual discussion and Q & A featuring local scholars and community leaders. Ticketing for each screening and discussion event varies; please send inquiries to Ruth Wikler-Luker, Curator and Producer of Boom Arts, at ruth@boomarts.org.

The Community Screenings Project is an extension of the live performance of Teatro Línea de Sombra’s Amarillo, and is made possible by Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.

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