Bring teatro to your students at home and in the classroomTeatro Visión believes that culturally relevant theater is important to your students' education. Therefore, we are pleased to offer exclusive educational access to three of our recent past productions - Macario (2019), Departera (2018), and La Muerte Baila (2017).These productions are recommended for students in grade 4 and up.Our suggested price to access these videos is $5 per person, which helps us cover the costs of making these videos available. However, we know that many schools have little or no budget for arts experiences and it is important to us that money is not a barrier to access. If your school has the budget to pay $5 per person, thank you! If not, please pay what you can or request free access.Please note that access is limited to educational purposes for K-12 and college students.If you have questions, or need assistance, please email [email protected] or call (408) 294-6621 ext. 3.
MACARIOadapted for the stage by Evelina Fernández with Teatro Visiónbased on the novel by B. Travenand the Academy Award nominated filmoriginal music by Russell Rodríguezoriginal choreography by Maria de la Rosastage direction by Rodrigo Garcíamusic direction by Russell Rodríguezchoreography by Samuel CortezTeatro Visión’s Macario is a Día de Muertos celebration full of music, dance, spectacle, and inspiration. A poor woodcutter, whose sole dream in life is to experience a day without hunger, is caught at a crossroads when his dream comes true.Macario is performed in Spanish, with English or Spanish captions.Run time: 1 hour, 46 minutesThis video of our 2019 production is accessible exclusively for educational use. You will receive a pdf study guide for Macario along with your viewing link.
DEPARTERAWorld Premiereby Evelina Fernández with Teatro Visiónoriginal music by Russell Rodríguezdirected by Elisa Marina AlvaradoInspired by real stories gathered from our community, Departera is a witty, modern take on Día de los Muertos, full of inspiring music, touching stories, and diverse characters.Departera is performed bilingually in English and Spanish, with English or Spanish captions.Run time: 1 hour, 40 minutesThis video of our 2018 world premiere is accessible exclusively for educational use.
LA MUERTE BAILAan original Milagro Theater Día de Muertos productiondevised by Rebecca Martinez and the Milagro Theater Ensembledirected by Rodrigo GarcíaIn this hilarious, musical take on the afterlife, los muertitos (the dead) can’t wait to get back to earth on Día de Muertos and La Muerte can’t wait to finally have a day to relax! But when one soul isn’t ready to go back, everyone’s holiday is in danger!La Muerte Baila is performed in Spanish, with English or Spanish captions.Run time: 1 hour, 20 minutesThis video of our 2017 production is accessible exclusively for educational use.
How it worksClicking on the BOOK NOW links will take you to a form where you can register to access the video of Macario, Departera, or La Muerte Baila for your students.On the registration form, you will indicate whether you are able to pay the recommended price of $5 per person. You may use a credit card to pay online using a link in the registration form or you can choose to pay by check, in which case we will email you an invoice.After you register, usually within three days, we will send you a unique link. Please share this link ONLY with your students, as it will be good only for a limited number of views. The link will also expire at the end of the semester.Your unique link will take you to an Overture+ site where you and your students can watch the video. You may choose to have your students watch independently on their computer or tablet or, if you wish to watch it together in a Zoom classroom, you can share your screen from Overture+. You can turn on captions on the video by clicking the subtitles icon at the bottom of the video.If you have questions, or need assistance, please email [email protected] or call (408) 294-6621 ext. 3.
More resourcesIn addition to Macario, Departera, and La Muerte Baila you can access video of our January 2020 production of Luz: A Shadow Play Inspired by Senior Stories on our website, as well as the accompanying study guide.
Leigh Henderson published Una profunda y misteriosa conexión los impulsa a volver una y otra vez. in Raíces Blog 2020-06-03 11:51:59 -0700
Todos lo años poblaciones enteras de animales y especies vegetales se desplazan miles de kilómetros a través de océanos y continentes en un viaje muy preciso, no pueden perder el tiempo, deben llegar a destino en el momento justo. Una profunda y misteriosa conexión los impulsa a volver una y otra vez.
La madre naturaleza es dueña de todo lo que habita en nuestro planeta. Las cosas más impresionantes suceden gracias a la perfección que el delicado pero majestuoso ciclo de la vida tiene para todo ser vivo y también para la materia inerte. Unos de esos ciclos épicos son sin duda, las migraciones del mundo animal y del mundo vegetal.
Covid-19 y Migración.
Cierre de fronteras como medidas de prevención, xenofobia y tratos discriminatorios.
En medio de la emergencia por el nuevo coronavirus en el mundo, los refugiados, desplazados y solicitantes de asilo son población vulnerable. Algunos ni siquiera tienen dónde vivir como para cumplir las órdenes de cuarentena y otros están en campamentos atiborrados de personas, donde es imposible un aislamiento seguro. Para completar, en un alto porcentaje de los refugios el agua, vital para evitar el contagio, es escasa. Para ellos la guerra y la persecución continúan.
"Imaginen que el contagio del coronavirus se extiende por Europa de manera incontrolada mientras que en el continente africano, por las condiciones climáticas, no tiene incidencia. Aterradas, las familias europeas escaparían de la enfermedad de manera histérica, camino de la frontera africana. Tratarían de cruzar el mar por el Estrecho, se lanzarían en embarcaciones precarias desde las islas griegas y la costa turca. Perseguidos por la sombra de una nueva peste mortal tratarían de ponerse a salvo, urgidos por la necesidad. Pero al llegar a la costa africana, las mismas vallas que ellos levantaron, los mismos controles violentos y las fronteras más inexpugnables invertirían el poder de freno. Las fuerzas del orden norteafricanas dispararían contra los occidentales sin piedad, les gritarían: vete a tu casa, déjanos en paz, no queremos tu enfermedad, tu miseria, tu necesidad. Si los guionistas quisieran extremar la crueldad, permitirían que algunos europeos, guiados por las mafias extorsionadoras, alcanzaran destinos africanos, y allí los encerrarían en cuarentenas inhóspitas, donde serían despojados de sus pertenencias, de sus afectos, de su dignidad." - David Trueba
Es un cuento creado por Carolina Pimentel y Merced “Lobo” en el 2015, que aborda el viaje de los niños migrantes a través del teatro de papel y el teatro de juguete.Actualmente este espectáculo de pequeño formato e itinerante se ha convertido en un punto de encuentro con las comunidades migrantes relacionadas con el proyecto Raíces: El Libro de los caminos.
Leigh Henderson published La Quinta Teatro's Salomón Santiago in Raíces Blog 2019-08-09 20:09:14 -0700
Leigh Henderson published La Quinta Teatro's Viridiana Mendoza in Raíces Blog 2019-08-09 20:07:00 -0700
Leigh Henderson published La Quinta Teatro's Carolina Pimentel in Raíces Blog 2019-08-09 20:06:06 -0700
Follow this blog to keep up to date with Teatro Visión's progress creating Raíces: El libro de los caminos / Roots:The Book of Journeys, a new work of theater we're creating with La Quinta Teatro with funding from a Hewlett Foundation 50 Arts Commission.
As envisioned by Teatro Visión's Founding Artistic Director Elisa Marina Alvarado and our nationally renowned team of commissioned artists, Teatro Visión’s Macario marries elements of spectacle, music, and dance in culturally authentic and visually exciting ways. Bringing Macario to the stage was a decade-long effort for Elisa, who worked for over three years to secure the rights to adapt the story, eventually being granted exclusive permission to do so by the family members of author B. Traven.Set in the Viceregal era, when Mexico was still New Spain, the parable-like story of Macario features three spirits who attempt to persuade the title character, Macario, to reflect on his choices when he comes into the fortune of getting a full turkey to eat. It is a work steeped in history that has become part of the fabric of Mexican culture. Adapted from the original novel in 1960, Macario became the first film from Mexico to be nominated for an Academy Award.Teatro Visión worked for more than a year with award-winning playwright Evelina Fernández to complete the Macario script and bilingual translation, in a creative process that included exploration of the novel’s themes through individual interviews with 23 residents of the Mayfair community of East San José and dialogues with organizations working to address hunger and access to healthy food in Silicon Valley. Composer Dr. Russell Rodríguez crafted a cycle of original music for the production and original choreography was created by Maria de la Rosa, one of the founding members of local dance company Los Lupeños de San José. The development process included screenings of the film, exploratory workshops, and script readings, all open to the community.Teatro Visión produced the world premiere of Macario in October 2013, then remounted the production in October 2014, 2015, and 2016. Look for Macario to return to our stage in October 2019.
Composer Russell Rodríguez is an accomplished musician specializing in performance styles of huasteca, jarocho, mariachi, and other traditional music forms of México. His theater credits include working with San José Repertory Theater and El Teatro Campesino.
Playwright Evelina Fernández is an award-winning actor, playwright and screenwriter. Her epic A Mexican Trilogy: An American Story, which consists of her plays Faith, Hope, and Charity, was recently staged at the Los Angeles Theatre Center by the Latino Theater Company.
Original production Director and former Teatro Visión Artistic Director Elisa Marina Alvarado is a founding member of Teatro Visión and served as Artistic Director until 2017. As an actress, director and community organizer she has been active in the Chicano movement for over thirty years. Elisa has taught theater for Teatro Visión, San José State University, San Francisco State University and many community organizations. She developed a new works program, Codices, through which Teatro Visión has produced world premieres for plays including Conjunto by Oliver Mayer and Boxcar by Silvia Gonzalez.
In the fall of 2017 Teatro Visión worked with poet Yosimar Reyes to create nine original poems related to the themes of our production of La Muerte Baila, devised by Rebecca Martinez and the Milagro Theater Ensemble. Yosimar wrote a series of fill-in-the-blank prompts, which Teatro Visión distributed in our community through mail, email, social media, and at in-person events.
More than 400 people responded to the prompts. Using those responses, Yosimar wrote nine poems. One of these poems was read from the stage at each performance of La Muerte Baila in October 2017.
The collaborative poetry project was made possible by a grant from the City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs as part of the Creating Connection initiative.
About Yosimar Reyes
Yosimar Reyes is the artist in residence at Define American, a media and culture organization dedicated to shifting the conversation surrounding immigration and identity in a changing America. He is a nationally acclaimed poet, educator, performance artist, and public speaker. Born in Guerrero, Mexico, and raised in East San Jose, California, Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work.
Teatro Visión is not currently hiring for any year-round positions, but we are always happy to meet new actors, designers, directors, musicians, and other members of our community who are interested in working with Teatro Visión.
To introduce yourself, please email Production Manager Dianne Vega with your resume, headshot, design website, or any other relevant information.
Leigh Henderson published Luz: A Shadow Play Inspired by Senior Stories in New Work 2018-08-03 12:27:52 -0700
Luz: A Shadow Play Inspired by Senior Stories was created from the real stories of seniors and elders in our community. We are grateful for the trust and courage they showing in sharing their stories with us. We honor their contributions to our community.
In 2018, Teatro Visión teamed up with local playwright Cristal González Avila to create more intergenerational connections in our community. Cristal gathered stories from seniors and elders in our community and created nine 1-minutes plays. We debuted one of these plays at each performance of Departera in October 2018. Audience members at Departera were invited to leave a note at a kiosk in the lobby to let the seniors who so generously shared their stories know that their stories were heard and appreciated.
Cristal then expanded these stories into a new play entitled Luz: A Shadow Play Inspired by Senior Stories, which premiered in January 2020 to a sold out audience.
The next step of this project will be to create a portable version that will be available for performances at community venues like schools and senior centers.
Watch Luz: A Shadow Play Inspired by Senior Stories
This project was made possible by an Audience Engagement Project Grant and an X Factor Grant from Silicon Valley Creates.
About Cristal González Avila
A company member with El Teatro Campesino and Baktun12, Cristal González Avila is a first generation Chicana actress, playwright, poet and director from Watsonville, CA. She holds a B.A in Theater Arts from San Jose University and is a Reed Award recipient for Excellence in Acting and Oral Interpretation. Her recent work includes "La Sombra" (The Shadow) a solo performance, a full length play PIERNAS: The Story Between Our Legs, and her book of poetry Sombra Mia (January 2019).
Teatro Visión ensures the future of Chicanx theater through our youth programs that train the next generation of teatristas – skilled actors who are committed to culture-based, bilingual theater.
Teatro Visión asegura el futuro del teatro Chicanx a través de nuestros programas para jóvenes que entrenan a la nueva generación de teatristas - actores y actrices calificados y comprometidos con el teatro bilingϋe con base en nuestra cultura.¿Preguntas? Puede contactarnos por correo electrónico a [email protected] o llamando al (408) 294-6621.
La Hora del Mitote is Teatro Visión's weekly livestream series, where you can meet local artists, activists, and community members.
¿Preguntas? Puede por correo electrónico a [email protected] o llamando al (408) 294-6621.
Choose Your Own Price TicketsNo matter what price you choose to pay, you get the same general admission ticket and you see the same exciting show.Welcome to the theater - $10If you don't have much cash to spare, Teatro Visión is for you!RECOMMENDED: Regular ticket price - $20This is our standard ticket price - though it doesn't cover all the costs of producing our shows.Full event cost - $30This is how much every member of the audience would have to pay to cover the costs of our productions.Arts patron - $40If you can afford to pay a little more - THANK YOU! This makes it possible for someone else to pay a little less.
Elija el precio de su boletoNo importa el precio que decida pagar, usted tendrá el mismo boleto de admisión general a tan exitosa obra.Bienvenidos al teatro - $10Si no tienes mucho efectivo para gastar ¡Teatro Visión es para ti!RECOMENDADO: Precio regular - $20Este es nuestro boleto a precio regular – aunque no cubre el costo de producir nuestras obras.Precio completo - $30Esto es lo que cada miembro pagaría para cubrir el costo de nuestras producciones.Mecenas - $40Si puedes pagar un poquito más - ¡GRACIAS! Esto hace posible que otras personas puedan pagar un poco menos.¿Preguntas? Envíenos un correo electrónico a [email protected] o llámenos al (408) 294-6621.
Teatro Visión has been creating visionary Chicanx/Latinx theater in San José for more than three decades. Here is a look back at our past productions.
LA MUERTE BAILA an original Milagro Theater Día de los Muertos production devised by Rebecca Martinez and the Milagro Theater Ensemble, October 2020
LUZ: A SHADOW PLAY INSPIRED BY SENIOR STORIES by Cristal González Avila, January 2020
THE TRANSITION OF DOODLE PEQUENO by Gabriel Jason Dean, March 2019
DEPARTERA by Evelina Fernández with Teatro Visión, October 2018
THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET adapted for the stage by Amy Ludwig from The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, May 2018
LA MUERTE BAILA an original Milagro Theater Día de los Muertos production devised by Rebecca Martinez and the Milagro Theater Ensemble, October 2017
MACARIO by B. Traven, Adapted by Evelina Fernández with Teatro Visión, October 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2019
SOLITUDE by Evelina Fernández, Directed by José Luis Valenzuela, Produced by Latino Theater Company (Los Angeles), February 2012
BLESS ME, ULTIMA, by Rudolfo Anaya, Directed by Elisa Marina Alvarado, March 2011
PERLA by Leonard Madrid, Directed by Elisa Marina Alvarado, May 2010
TAKING FLIGHT by Adriana Sevan, February 2010
GHOSTS OF THE RIVER by Octavio Solis, Directed by Larry Reed, October 2009
THE WOMAN WHO FELL FROM THE SKY by Victor Hugo Rascón Banda, January-February 2009
LA CASA EN MANGO STREET by Sandra Cisneros, Adapted by Amy Ludwig with translation by Elena Poniatowska, October 2008
HERO by Luis Alfaro, April 2008
SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS by Jose Rivera, January 2008
VISITOR'S GUIDE TO ARIVACA (MAP NOT TO SCALE) by Evangeline Ordaz, October 2007
BODAS DE SANGRE (BLOOD WEDDING) by Federico García Lorca, April-May 2007
DOG LADY/EVENING STAR by Milcha Sanchez-Scott, November-December 2006
LA VICTIMA by Teatro de la Esperanza, October 2006
THE COOK by Eduardo Machado, May 2006
ELECTRICIDAD by Luis Alfaro, March-April 2006
¡CANTINFLAS! written and performed by Herbert Sigüenza (Culture Clash), October 2005
SANTOS & SANTOS by Octavio Solís, May 2005
4 GUYS NAMED JOSÉ Y UN MUJER NAMED MARÍA by David Coffman and Dolores Prida, December 2004
REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES by Josefína Lopez, October 2004
DRIVE MY COCHE by Roy Conboy, May 2004
BOXCAR by Sylvia Gonzalez and Teatro Visión, March 2004
CHILEAN HOLIDAY by Guillermo Reyes, October 2003
LADY FROM HAVANA by Luis Santeiro, May 2003
CONJUNTO by Oliver Mayer, March 2003
LA POSADA MÁGICA by Octavio Solis, December 2002
FEFU AND HER FRIENDS by Maria Irene Fornés, March 2002
VIEQUES by Jorge González, December 2001
HEROES AND SAINTS by Cherrie Moraga, October 2001
THE KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN by Manuel Puig, March 2001
LA POSADA MÁGICA by Octavio Solis, Music by Hawkeye Herman, December 2000
LA NONA by Roberto M. Cossa, English Translation by Raul Moncada, October 2000
WHEN EL CUCUI WALKS by Roy Conboy, May 2000
THE TRUE HISTORY OF COCA COLA IN MEXICO by Aldo Velasco and Patrick Scott, February 2000
HARVEST MOON by José Cruz González, October 1999
ROSITA'S JALAPEÑO KITCHEN by Rodrigo Duarte Clarke, May 1999
LA CASA EN MANGO STREET by Sandra Cisneros, Adapted by Amy Ludwig, February 1999
LA CARPA AZTLAN PRESENTS: I DON'T SPEAK ENGLISH ONLY by Antonio García, September 1998
SPIRIT DANCING by José Cruz González, June 1998
REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES by Josefina López, March 1998
¡NO SE PAGA! ¡NO SE PAGA! by Dario Fo, 1997
SANTOS & SANTOS by Octavio Solís, August 1997
LA VÍCTIMA by Teatro de la Esperanza, September 1996
OUR LADY OF THE TORILLA by Luis Santiero, January 1996
GOOD GRIEF LOLITA! by Wilma Bonet, September 1995
ROSARIO'S BARRIO by Rodrigo Duarte Clarke, June 1995
THE LAST ANGRY BROWN HAT by Alfredo Ramos, September 1994
LAS NUEVAS TAMALERAS by Alicia Mena, January 1994
NOVENAS NARATIVAS Y OFRENDAS NUEVOMEXICANOS by Denise Chaves, 1993
FOOD FOR THE DEAD by Josefina López, May 1993
ROOSTERS by Milcha Sanchez-Scott, 1992
EL ORO DE LOS QUINTEROS AÑOS by Arturo Gomez, Jaime Avarado, & Denis Marks with Teatro Visión, 1992
HOW ELSE AM I SUPPOSED TO KNOW I'M STILL ALIVE? by Evelina Fernández, 1991
BRUJERÍAS by Rodrigo Duarte Clarke, 1991
SOLDADO RAZO by Luis Valdez, 1991
BUY! BUY! NAVIDAD! by Manuel Pickett, adapted by Lalo Cervantes with Teatro Visión, 1991
CONVERSATIONS WITH MY GRANDMOTHER MARTHA (MGM) by Edit Villareal, 1991
BRUJERÍAS by Rodrigo Duarte Clarke, 1991
¡NO SE PAGA! ¡NO SE PAGA! by Dario Fo, 1988
IMMIGRATION ACTOS by Teatro Visión, 1985
IMAGES OF DECEIT by Anita Quintanilla, Adapted by Teatro Huipil, 1984