The opening weekend of ¡O Romeo! was ¡fantástico!

The opening weekend of our Día de los Muertos production launched our festival with a bang! Delighted audiences raved about ¡O Romeo! and soon we started receiving love notes from happy patrons, such as this sweet message from D. Paquette:

Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the play on Friday night. The performance was great and we had lot of fun! There was an abundance of talent on stage…
With outstanding performances by some of Portland's favorite actors and the support of amazing designers, this show is winning over everyone who sees it, Shakespeare fan or not, and regardless of any prior exposure to Day of the Dead. A lively, funny and touching tribute to the legacy of the "Sweet Swan of Avon."

What else did members in attendance call our celebration of the Bard and los muertitos? Here's a brief sampling:
... delightful ...
... vibrant ...
... clever ...
... layered ...
... tender ...
... optimistic ...
and yes:
... a little silly.

Don't just take them at their word, come and see for yourself why R. Burkholder has this message for everyone:
A most tremendously touching, well-written and acted play. Don't miss it! miss it!
Buy your tickets today, and we'll see you at Milagro!

El estreno de ¡O Romeo¡ fue ¡fantástico!

El estreno este fin de semana pasado de nuestra producción iniciando nuestro festival del Día de los Muertos ¡fue todo un éxito! El público quedó encantado con ¡O Romeo!, y no tardaron en llegar las cartas de amor de los impresionados asistentes como esta dulce nota de D. Paquette:

Sólo quería decirles cuánto disfrutamos la obra este viernes. El espectáculo fue grandioso y nos divertimos mucho. Había toda una abundancia de talento en el escenario.

Con tremendas actuaciones de algunos de los actores mas populares en Portland, y con el apoyo de diseñadores estupendos, la obra está conquistando a quien la ve, ya sea fanático de Shakespeare o no, o sin siquiera saber mucho sobre el Día de los Muertos. Es un vibrante, cómico y conmovedor tributo al "Cisne de Avon."

¿Qué más dijo el publico asistente acerca de nuestra celebración del Bardo y los muertitos? A continuación unos ejemplos:

... deleitante ...
... vibrante ...
... ingeniosa  ...
... multidimensional ...
... tierna ...
... optimista ...

y sí, también:
... un poco disparatada ...
 No se quede con la duda y ¡venga a verla por Ud. mismo!

Compre sus entradas hoy, y ¡nos vemos en Milagro!

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 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  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!


Relación cronológica de las obras de Shakespeare:
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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 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 or 503-236-7253 to reserve your space.

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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. 

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!