Day of the Dead: truly an international holiday

Día de los Muertos is truly an international holiday. Although Mexico's celebration is full of color and fun, the main concept of honoring deaths is seen throughout the world!

For the festivities in Guatemala, they make and consume Fiambre, a traditional salad that consists of their deceased loved one’s favorite foods. In the Philipines, the holiday is called Undas and it is treated more as a family reunion. In some European countries, this occasion is called All Saints Day and in countries like Italy, Spain, and Portugal, families travel to the cemeteries and graves of their loved ones with flowers in hand. 

However you and your family intend to celebrate Día de los Muertos, there truly is no shortage of traditions that are observed throughout the world. Whether you go fly a giant kite (Guatemala), take flowers to a loved one’s grave, or are just in the mood to celebrate, be sure to make Milagro Theatre part of this year’s celebration!

Opening night is here and what better way to celebrate than with a play that merges Shakespeare and Día de los Muertos at Milagro! Join Director Olga Sanchez, and the cast and crew as they delve into the unique mix of the eclectic heroines of Shakespeare and the vibrant style of Dia de los Muertos. As always, Milagro’s Day of the Dead celebration is full of irreverence, music and fun for all ages!


Get your tickets for the opening weekend by calling 503-236-7253 or just click here!

Get your tickets for the opening weekend by calling 503-236-7253 or just click here!


¡O Romeo!: Meet the cast

Milagro's 20th annual celebration of Día de los Muertos kicks off this week with the world premiere of ¡O Romeo!, and we are ecstatic about the outstanding cast director Olga Sanchez gathered. Read on to learn about this talented group who came together for our original Day of the Dead production, with the color, energy and authentic twists that only Milagro can bring you, and get your tickets today!

Enrique E. Andrade (Richard III) originally from Mexico City, is a graduate of the University of Oregon. Enrique has performed in numerous Milagro productions since 2008, including in 2012 Oedipus el Rey, and Ardiente Paciencia in 2014.   Enrique is also expanding his classical Shakespearean repertoire with Portland Actors Ensemble in Merchant of Venice in 2013 and Antony & Cleopatra in 2014.  He performed in Astor Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires at the Aspen Festival of Music in 2005 and 2007 as well as with 3rd Angle Music Ensemble, and in 2013 with the Lexington Philharmonic in Kentucky.  Enrique’s Television credits include TNT’s Leverage season 4 as Professor Humberto Garcia as well as NBC’s GRIMM. Enrique is well known for being the Spanish voice of the MAX, as well as various TV/radio/internet commercials in both English and Spanish and also as a story teller at Portland Story Theater, and most recently as Judge Hathorne in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible for Bag & Baggage in Hillsboro.  Enrique thanks Milagro for being his artistic home, and the audiences that support Latino Arts.          

Arlena Barnes (Polonius) is performing in her first production with Milagro. She has performed in Romeo and Juliet, You Can’t Take It with You, and Big Love (Portland Actors Conservatory) and For the Time Being (Claire Willett). She has been the Narrator for readings at Profile Theatre – Buena Vista (Desdemona Chiang) and Hungry (Adriana Baer). Arlena has been an Assistant Director to Philip Cuomo for Dog Sees God (Portland Actors Conservatory). She has also directed La Bonne Fille - a video/multimedia short and Normal - a short film at the Gulf Island Film and Television School. Arlena is a graduate of the Portland Community College Multimedia Program and the Portland Actors Conservatory. She is a participant in the Yale University Directing 1 Summer Intensive. Arlena also has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a M.P.P. from Harvard Kennedy School.

Danielle Chaves (Lady M) Raised in the Northwest, Danielle spent many years studying voice and then decided to pursue her passion for theatre. After receiving a Bachelor in Fine Arts at Southern Oregon University, Danielle was asked to joined the acting company at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for two seasons where she performed in shows such as Ghost Light and Romeo and Juliet.  Danielle has now relocated to her beloved Northwest to pursue her career and create moving theatrical experiences with the immense talent that Portland has to offer. She is thrilled for ¡O, Romeo! to be her first show at Milagro. Deepest love to Laura, Elizabeth, Sofi, Marty, Sadie, and Finn.


Anthony Green (Shakespeare) holds a BFA in Theatre Arts and a Master of Theatre Studies in Production and Design from Southern Oregon University. Tony always looks forward to returning to Milagro. He was previously seen at Milagro in How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent,  BoomCrackleFly and the Drammy Award winning Oedipus El Rey. Recent credits include his critically acclaimed role as Enobarbus in Anthony and Cleopatra with Portland Actors Ensemble and Albany in King Lear at NWCTC. Other Portland credits include Cardinal Pandolph in King John Borachio and Friar Francis in Much Ado About Nothing, the Duke in Two Gentlemen of Verona and Persuasion. He wants to dedicate this performace to the memory of his abuelitos Armando and Amalia.

Otniel Henig (Hamnet) is super excited to be making his Milagro debut. He graduated from Portland Actors Conservatory this spring where he played Van in Dog Sees God directed by Philip Cuomo and The Student in Opus 3: After Strindberg, a devised work with Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble. This summer he played Menas in Portland Actors Ensemble’s Antony and Cleopatra directed by Elizabeth Huffman. He’d like to dedicate this performance to his late grandmother “Savta Dotti”.

Tara Hershberger (Titania) has performed locally with Portland Actor’s Ensemble, Original Practice Shakespeare, Fuse Theatre Ensemble, Masque Alfresco, and Broken Toy Piano. She teaches at the Northwest Children’s Theater, plays in a local band, Scarlet Straits, and is studying playwriting in pursuit of a M.S. in Theatre Arts at PSU. She loves to make new discoveries on stage and believes that theatre is a powerful force for community-building, creative expression, and social change.

Heath Hyun Houghton (Hamlet) He is pleased to be making his first appearance at Milagro. Recent Portland stage credits include Hamlet with Anon It Moves; Enjoy, Maple and Vine at CoHo Productions; Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, Broadway Rose Theatre and Breaking the Silence, Diaspora.

Sofía May-Cuxim (Rifke) A veteran of the stage since 1974, Sofía has sung, acted, danced and written plays in many languages. She comes from Mexico City, where she studied a BA in Dramatic Literature at UNAM. She has received awards in Mexico and Los Angeles for acting, producing, and singing. She started learning English at 18, then Russian. At Milagro, she has participated in ¡Viva Don Juan!, Ana en el trópico, Guapa, Ardiente Paciencia, the 2012 and 2013 La Luna Nueva Festival, and LAX (Latino Artist Exchange). She also wrote 2012’s Jardín de Sueños.  Thank you, dearest Olga. To the expelled Jews who endlessly hoped in “The New World”.

Rebecca Ridenour (Ophelia) Is proud to be in her first show at Milagro. She was last seen as Susan Brady in Playboy of the Western World at Artists Repertory Theatre. Before that she played Goneril in Bag and Baggage’s production of Lear and Brutus in their all-female production of Julius Caesar. In Portland Rebecca has acted with Quintessence Theatre Company, Northwest Classical Theatre Company, Sowelu and Post 5. California credits include Mairead in The Lieutenant of Inishmore with Genesis West and Woman in Bill W. and Doctor Bob with Happy Destiny Productions. Rebecca is a graduate of Portland Actors Conservatory class of 2012, University California Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara City College. Next up: Miss Foxhill in Suddenly Last Summer with Shaking the Tree.

Jake Wiest (Yorick) As a longtime Shakespeare fan, Jake is delighted to make his debut at Milagro in ¡O Romeo!. He’s played Puck, Romeo, and Samson. Jake inicio su educación en la actuación de Shakespeare en Idaho Theater For Youth cuando era aún un adolescente, Jake también se ha entrenado en la Universidad de Idaho y Voice One en San Francisco. He is also a musical performer, and is currently active with his “Sci-Firish” rock band Garden Goat.





¡O Romeo! runs Oct. 16-Nov 9. Get your tickets today!

Shakespeare Pt. 1: Poet, playwright & guest of honor this Day of the Dead!


Excerpt from our ¡O Romeo! Study guide.
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William Shakespeare, a playwright and poet, is one of the most prominent figures in literary history and, arguably, one of the most mysterious. Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon. His exact birth date is unknown, but most scholars estimate it to be April 23, 1564 because church records show that his baptism took place on April 26 of the same year. Given that Shakespeare was unknown during his childhood, not much is known about where his education. Most scholars believe he attended the grammar school in Stratford. While no records exist to support this theory, Shakespeare’s knowledge of Latin and Classical Greek strongly suggest that he must have attended a school that taught these languages, though no records indicate that Shakespeare attended university.

At the age of 18, Shakespeare married his 26 year-old pregnant girlfriend, Anne Hathaway. The date was November 28, 1582. Several months later, on May 26, 1583, Shakespeare’s first daughter, Susanna, was born. Approximately two years later, Anne gave birth to twins, Judith and Hamnet.

In 1592, London playwright Robert Greene took a jab at Shakespeare and his work by teasing Shakespeare for boasting the ability to write just as well as the well-established playwrights in London during that era. Greene’s comment has lead scholars to believe that Shakespeare appeared in London around the year 1588 and began to establish a reputation as a promising actor and playwright. Shakespeare was acting and writing for the Chamberlain’s Men, a troupe that would later change its name to the King’s Men. Shakespeare and his group became the leading company in theater and the strong favorites of royalty and regular theater goers.

Shakespeare’s plays were influenced by history and his personal life. Several of Shakespeare’s plays are categorized as historical plays and are named after the persons the plays focus on: Henry IV part 1 & 2, Henry V, Henry VI parts 1 - 3, Henry VIII, King John, Richard II, and Richard III. Some of his tragedy plays are sourced from historical figures as well, such as Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Macbeth, and Hamlet. Although Shakespeare wrote historically themed plays, it is important to remember that he was not a historian. The characters and events from Shakespeare’s history plays are only loosely based on the actual persons and events.

Get your tickets now for ¡O Romeo! to see how Shakespeare and Dia de los Muertos have come together for a celebration of the dead! Visit www.milagro.org or call 503-236-7253 weekdays 9:30 .a.m. - 5:30 p.m. or visit our online box office at any time!

Shakespeare: Poeta, dramaturgo e invitado especial este Día de Muertos:

William Shakespeare, dramaturgo y poeta, es una de las figuras más prominentes de la historia literaria, y quizás uno de los personajes más misteriosos. Nació en Stratford-upon-Avon. No se sabe su fecha de nacimiento exactamente, pero la mayoría de escolares la calculan como el 23 de abril, 1564 debido a anotaciones de su bautismo tres días después. No se sabe mucho de su educación y niñez, ya que sólo obtuvo fama como adulto. Muchos escolares creen que asistió la escuela primaria en Stratford. Su manejo del latín y del griego clásico sugiere que los aprendió en la escuela, pero no hay ningún indicio que Shakespeare asistió a la universidad.

Cuando tenía 18 años, Shakespeare se casó con su novia de 26 años, Anne Hathaway el 28 de noviembre, 1582. Varios meses después, el 26 de mayo, 1583, nació su primera hija, Susanna. Aproximadamente dos años después, Anne dio la luz a gemelos Judith y Hamnet.

En 1592, el dramaturgo londinense Robert Greene se burló de Shakespeare y su obra porque Shakespeare se había jactado de ser un escritor tan talentoso como los dramaturgos ya famosos en Londres. El comentario de Greene indica que Shakespeare surgió en Londres alrededor de 1588, y empezó a establecerse como actor y dramaturgo prometedor. Shakespeare trabajaba con los Hombres de Lord Chamberlain, una compañía de teatro que luego cambaría a ser los King’s Men. Shakespeare y su grupo se convirtieron en la compañía más importante en el teatro londinense y los favoritos de la realeza y los espectadores.

La historia y la vida personal de Shakespeare influyeron en sus obras. Varias de sus obras se clasifican como obras históricas. Estas llevan el nombre del personaje principal: Enrique IV parte 1 y 2, Enrique V, Enrique VI partes 1-3, Enrique VIII, El rey Juan, Ricardo II y Ricardo III. Algunas obras trágicas también enfocan en figuras históricas, por ejemplo, Julio César, Antonio y Cleopatra, Coriolano, Macbeth y Hamlet. Aunque Shakespeare escribió obras con temas históricos, no se puede olvidar que sus obras históricas son solamente libremente basadas en las personas y eventos reales.

Compre sus entradas hoy mismo para ¡O Romeo! y disfrute de la union de Shakespeare y el Dia de los Muertos. Visite www.milagro.org  o llamenos al 503-236-7253 de lunes a viernes de 9:30 .a.m. - 5:30 p.m. o en nuestra taquilla en internet ¡las 24 horas del día!

SOURCES/FUENTES:

Relación cronológica de las obras de Shakespeare: http://www.bardweb.net/plays/timeline.html
Los hijos de Shakespeare: http://www.shakespeare-online.com/biography/shakespearechildren.html
Biografía de Shakespeare: http://www.bardweb.net/man.html
http://www.nosweatshakespeare.com/shakespeares-plays/play-types/history-plays/
http://www.richard111.com/richard_iii__shakespeare.htm
http://www.nosweatshakespeare.com/shakespeares-plays/play-types/history-plays/

Shakespeare and the traditions of the Aztec, Maya and Catholics!

By Tony Zamorano - español abajo

With the opening night of ¡O Romeo! right around the corner, along with this year’s celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), now is an appropriate time to look at the importance of both the holiday and the integration of it into William Shakespeare’s work. Join us, along with Hamlet, Yorick, Titania, and many others from Shakespeare’s plays, to celebrate this year’s Día de los Muertos!

Día de los Muertos is one of Mexico’s most profound and culturally defining holidays, combining Aztec, Mayan, and Catholic beliefs to highlight the heritage embodied by country’s diverse people.  From the tradition of gaining luck by biting into the rubber skull baked into the pan de muerto (bread of the dead) in Puebla, to the religious practice of worshiping the dead in remembrance of their loved ones in Cuilapan, Oaxaca, this holiday enables all of Mexico to show appreciation for not only their ancestors and family, but also their traditions and culture as a country.  Although each region celebrates the holiday in a different way, it brings the community together on November 1st and 2nd to remember their loved ones. 


With the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death coming up on April 23, 2016, this year’s integration of Shakespeare and Dia de los Muertos is a great way to remember a man who altered the landscape of drama in dominant Western culture.  Shakespeare changed the way his world viewed tragedy, comedy, satire, and social constructs through plays such as Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, among others.  As such, ¡O Romeo!  embraces both the comedic and tragic elements of theatre that perfectly blends the two for this year’s celebration.

Get your tickets now for ¡O Romeo! to see how Shakespeare and Dia de los Muertos have come together for a celebration of the dead! Visit www.milagro.org or call 503-236-7253 weekdays 9:30 .a.m. - 5:30 p.m. or visit our online box office at any time!

Save money on tickets by attending the public preview on Oct 16! Tickets for this night only are $16 when bought in advance!

The art of embossing: Beautiful yet simple!


Did you knew that a pencil can be a tool use to create a beautiful embossing design? Beautiful yet simple, the art of embossing has been a popular folk art expression since the middle ages. This simple art form is an elegant way to change the nature of the media adding multidimensional effect.

The metal embossing technique, called repujado in Spanish, arrived in Mexico during Spanish colonization. At that time churches were lit with candles and the smoke from candles damaged the sacred images painted on canvas, thus the change to using images painted on metal. Eventually the technique was used for decorative popular arts, not just for religious art. Mexican and South American artisans have used copper and tin for centuries to produce jewelry and ornamental works. 

The repujado workshop at Milagro on Oct 20th and 22nd will be a great way to learn a new technique, and why not, get some of your Christmas presents done! Register today! Classes are only one payment of $15 and include materials. Call or e-mail estela@mialgro.org or 503-236-7253 to reserve your space.


Sources: 
-News Paper Tree http://bit.ly/1nTMoWm
- www.whatisembossing.com/

Mouth-watering anticipation for ¡Viva Milagro!



¡Viva Milagro! is just around the corner! 
A special night that many in our Milagro family look forward to as an indispensable part of the holiday season, full of traditional Mexican arts and culture, delicious food and merriment, live music, a silent auction featuring the stunning creations of talented visual artists from Mexico and Portland, and a chance to mingle with Milagro’s staff, its Board of Directors, fellow audience members, family and friends. 

This year, Mayahuel Catering has planned a very special Día de Muertos menu; the dishes have been inspired by a different tradition surrounding Day of the Dead. 

MENU
First Course: Ensalada de Campo Santo:
 Cemetery salad of mixed greens, flowers and berries with an aromatic hoja santa vinaigrette.

Second Course: Tamal de Novenario

The classic Mexican treat, Oaxaca-style and stuffed with shrimp, with a chile ancho seasoning sauce, is traditionally served during the novenario, a nine-day period of prayer and vigil for the recently departed complete with food and drink.

and Tamal de Muerto:
"Dead Man’s tamal with chile ancho, chile verde and cheese.

Third Course: Mole Verde de Puebla con Carnitas: 
Tender pork in Puebla-style green mole (pumpkin-seed sauce).
  
Fourth Course: Cuachala de Calabacitas:


A traditional squash-based stew served in the fall in Jalisco and the surrounding region.

Dessert: Capirotada con salsa de guayaba:


Mexican-style bread pudding with guava sauce.

Drinks: Aguas de tamarindo & Jamaica:
Delicious water-based drinks made with tamarind pulp and hibiscus blooms.
 
and Wine by Yamhill Valley Vineyards.
 Come join us for the annual toast clamoring ¡Viva Milagro!

Don’t forget to bring photographs of your dearly departed to place on Milagro’s Día de los Muertos altars, specially built each year and curated by local artist Pepe Moscoso. Join us in remembering loved ones who have passed on before us. 

It’s a night not to be missed - if you haven’t yet had the opportunity to attend, this is your time to join us! We’ve increased the attendance limit to 90 to ensure that even more Milagro supporters can take part in our favorite event of the year. Get your tickets now!

¡O Romeo! A Latino look at Shakespeare's dead heroes




In ¡O Romeo! Shakespeare is alive but not well at all. His time draws near and friends from “the other side” have begun to visit!  But are these friends real or simply the creations of his imagination?  Hamlet, Ophelia, Titania and more circle his deathbed while he fights to write his last play!  Has he gone mad?  Is he reading too many stories of the New World?  What surprises will the joy of Día de los Muertos bring to the beloved Bard?

Get your ticket now for ¡O Romeo!  and discover the crazy adventure  the dead have prepared for Shakespeare! visit www.milagro.org or at Call 503-236-7253 weekdays 9:30 .a.m -5:30 p.m. or visit our online box office at any time

Photo of the Day: Ready for "In the Aftermath"


Today we bring you a detail of the preparations for the companion event to Words That Burn scheduled for Saturday Sep. 27 (7pm).

Installation artist Yukiyo Kawano and Butoh dancer/choreographer Meshi Chavez present one night only in El Zócalo, In the Aftermath: Nagasaki and Hiroshima. This event will take place before the performance of Words That Burn; each night is matched with a different event. Check out the full listings and get tickets today!

Coming up: Day of the Dead and ¡Viva Milagro!

Does it seem like every restaurant, bar, and theatre is having a “Day of the Dead” special these days? Portland’s largest and longest running Día de Muertos Festival is only a month away at Milagro! You’ll experience an entire month of authentic arts, crafts, culture, cuisine, theatre, and traditional altars built especially for the occasion!

On Friday, October 17, get ready to join Shakespeare and his characters in the Land of the Dead, with ¡O ROMEO!, Milagro’s 20th original Day of the Dead production. Come early and tour the creative and inspiring Día de los Muertos altar exhibit in El Zócalo, curated by local artist Pepe Moscoso.

And on Tuesday, November 4, start your holiday season with ¡Viva Milagro! - Milagro’s sensational family-style fundraising dinner of Mexican cuisine, created this year by Jaime Soltero’s amazing Mayahuel Catering. With Milagro’s beloved Nurys Herrera emceeing, music by Portland’s own Edna Vasquez, a silent auction of gorgeous Day of the Dead-inspired art, and hilariously touching honorary Calaveras, this is THE quintessential event of Milagro’s season, and an extraordinary night for everyone!  Get your tickets here!

Silent Auction Sneak preview:


This summer, we at Milagro have been especially blessed with a wealth of Mexican and Latin American art and textiles that have been donated to the theatre, many of which will be up for bid during the ¡Viva Milagro! Silent Auction.
Over the years, Board President John Rodarte has brought back some sensational pieces found on his many visits to Mexico, and this year is no exception. Thank you, John! You have exceptional taste, and Milagro is better for it!

Catrina Dolls by Sabino Arroyo, an artisan living in Mexico and the protege of Juan Torres, who is considered the maestro of this art form.

Huichol art by Luis Castro

Shadow boxes

Intaglios by Nicolás de Jesús

Finally, Rob Singer, formerly of Scappoose, Oregon, graciously donated a gorgeous oil painting by Nicaraguan artist Alejandro Benito Cabrera.

Be sure to come to ¡Viva Milagro! to bid on your favorite items and bring a little Día de Muertos to your home!

Learn Repujado with Rosa Floyd



What do the Statue of Liberty, King Tut's mask and our ¡Viva Milagro! invitation have in common? They are great examples of the centuries-old embellishment technique known as "repujado", and now you can learn how to make your own piece of art using traditional Mexican artistry with longtime Milagro collaborator, Rosa Floyd.

The two-session class, to be held on  Oct. 20 & 22, will cover using simple tools to craft your own unique decorative piece from a tin sheet and paint. Materials and instruction during both sessions are included in the $15 fee. Email Estela, seen above with her own in-progress creation, or call 503-236-7253 to reserve your spot!
 
ABOUT THE INTRUCTOR: Rosa Floyd is a teacher of dual language kindergarten at Nellie Muir Elementary in Woodburn. She uses folkloric dance to instruct and inspire students, teachers as well as the entire community. She has been dancing since the age of six and performed with the Ballet Folklórico de la Universidad de Guadalajara professionally for many years before moving to Portland. She currently performs with Cosecha Mestiza around the Northwest and was one of the founding members of Milagro Bailadores.


APRENDA REPUJADO CON ROSA FLOYD
¿Qué tienen en común la Estatua de la Libertad, la máscara de Tutankamen, y la invitación a ¡Viva Milagro!? Son excelentes ejemplos del milenario arte decorativo llamado "repujado", y ahora Ud. también puede aprender como hacer su propia obra de arte usando la tradicional técnica mexicana con nuestra colaboradora desde muchos años, Rosa Floyd. 
La clase de dos sesiones que tomarán lugar el 20 y 22 de octubre, cubrirá el uso de herramientas simples para crear su propia pieza decorativa con latón y pintura. Los materiales e instrucción están incluídos en la cuota de $15. Escriba a Estela, captada en el proceso creativo en la foto de arriba, o llame a 503-236-7253 para reservar su lugar.

SOBRE LA INSTRUCTORA: Rosa Floyd es maestra de kinder en doble idioma en la primaria Nellie Muir en Woodburn. Ella utiliza la danza folklórica para instruir e inspirar estudiantes, maestros y la comunidad en general. Ha bailado desde la edad de 6 años y participó profesionalmente con el Ballet Folklórico de la Universidad de Guadalajara por muchos años antes de mudarse a Portland. Actualmente forma parte del grupo Cosecha Mestiza, con el cual se presenta por el Noroeste, y fue miembro fundador de Milagro Bailadores.

The talented minds behind Dreamscape

The time is nearly here for the Portland premiere of professor and playwright Rickerby Hinds' Dreamscape!

We have seen videos, read interviews from newspapers around the country a well as local press (El Hispanic News & Portland Monthly) and reviews from other cities and reached by the contagious passion that the Honduran-born Hinds and his group put into their hip-hop theatre production performing for the first time in Portland on Sep. 19th and 20th during La Luna Nueva!

Today we invite you to meet the talent behind this powerful performance.

Rickerby Hinds, Writer/Director
One of the most influential individuals to come into the theater world in a generation, Rickerby Hinds has the unique ability to challenge conventional notions of the stage while remaining respectful of its long history and traditions.

Possessing an MFA in play writing from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television where he was twice awarded the Audrey Skirball-Kenis (ASK) Award for best play, Hinds’ visionary creations span the gamut of human emotions and experiences. In addition to his mission to open up the theater to a diversity of voices and experiences, Hinds is driven to bring the theater to new audiences.  Hinds is currently a full Professor of playwriting in the Department of Theater at the University of California, Riverside and the founder and artistic director of the Califest Hip Hop TheaterFestival

Rhaechyl I. Walker, Myeisha
Rhaechyl Walker  is an entertainer. She began auditioning for musicals at the age of 7, and has been performing ever since. She is an alumna of University of California, Riverside where she received a B.A. in English and a B.F.A in Theater. Being able to perform allows me to do what I have always dreamed of, being a part of an Artistic expression that contributes truth and love through a progressive state of mind. 
@rhaechyl @rhaeynavy

John “Faahz” Merchant, Coroner /911 Operator / Officer Garland /  Guy at the club
John “Faahz” Merchant, a 26-year-old California native, hails from the city of Pomona where he earned the nickname Faahz (short for “Moufaahza” inspired by Disney’s Lion King) because of his deep, baritone voice. The son of a pastor, John was raised in the church where the seeds of his passion for music were planted and where he learned to play his first instrument, the drums. He has performed on many stages ranging from poetry lounges to hip hop shows.

Carrie Mikuls, Choreographer
California native, Carrie Mikuls is a graduate of the University of California, Riverside with her BA in Dance. During her time at UCR she received the Chancellor’s Performance Award in Dance in 2007 for her work in choreography and dance as well as the Undergraduate Research Grant in 2009 for her research in choreography entitled “Experimental Art.” Carrie has worked on various television projects, including MTV’s Nick Cannon Presents Wild’n Out Season 2 and MTV’s Nick Cannon’s music video Dime Piece. 

Read El Hispanic News' exclusive interview and profile of Hinds here!

Read the Portland Monthly interview with Hinds.

Only two performances of Dreamscape this weekend at Milagro!
Get your tickets today by calling 503-2367253 or visiting www.milagro.org

No Child:the talent behind the FREE staged reading


Portland's only festival of Latino arts and culture continues with a free event at 7pm this evening!

Milagro's La Luna Nueva brings us the staged reading of the Obie Award-winning play No Child for the first time on the Milagro stage!

The play is is a tour-de-force exploration of the New York City public school system, in which [author Nilaja] Sun fearlessly transforms with rapid-fire precision into the teachers, students, parents administrators, janitors and security guards who inhabit our schools and shape the future of America, making this play one of the most acclaimed theatrical events in recent years.

About the director: Eric Lyness is the founding artistic director of Blind Flight Theatre, a small theatre laboratory dedicated to giving early career theatre artists a chance to experiment. Favorite works with Blind Flight include 30 Plays for 30 Days: September in an Evening, and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea.

Eric is also currently engaged as a directing apprentice with the 2014-'15 Third Rail Mentorship Company. When he's not working as a director Eric serves as Milagro's Technical Director.

About the performer: Ithica Tell is a proud company member of Post5 Theatre Company. Her many Portland credits include collaborating with companies such as Portland Revels, Willamette Shakespeare, Artists Repertory Theatre, Northwest Children’s Theatre and School, FUSE, Northwest Classical Theatre Co,  Sojourn Theatre, Stark Raving Theatre, MediaRites, COHO Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Tears of Joy Theatre and  Dragon Puppet Theatre. She appeared at Milagro in 2009 as Sarah in El Grito del Bronx.

Join us tonight for this free event, and the rest of the programming during La Luna Nueva!