Community members are invited to a free bilingual theater production that is preceded by traditional Latino dancing Friday at 6:30 p.m. in The Dalles Civic Auditorium, 323 E. Fourth Street.
“Cuéntame Coyote,” written by directed by Dañel Malan, will showcase the Milagro Theatre, a group dedicated to providing Latino culture and arts education experiences for the enrichment of communities.
The play centers on a coyote leading two cousins across treacherous lands. In their struggle for survival, they encounter coyotes with two legs and four, along with a chorus of lost souls that tell the story of the unbelievable trek of thousands who marched before them.
Although the coyote has made promises for a price, a question looms about whether the glorious dreams of the cousins are worth the reality that awaits them on the frontier.
The play was developed after Malan’s intensive research trip to the Tohono O’odham reservation in Arizona. Sacred stories are combined with migrant tales of the dangers of dehydration, snake bite and scorpions in the desolate heat of the desert.
Some content may not be appropriate for children below middle-school age.
The evening’s performance begins with traditional dancing by the Mid-Valley Mexican Folk Dancers, directed by Señora Sandy Salazar.
Since its founding in 1985, Milagro has toured Oregon and the nation with original dramatic plays that given voice to issues affecting Latinos. Current global issues are crafted into cutting edge dramatic plays infused with Latino culture and language.
There is no charge to attend and the production is open to the public.
Donations are welcome. For more information call Susan Lewis at 541-506-6047 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.