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New Meetup: Theater: A MEXICAN CHRISTMAS CAROL at Hartnell College in Salinas

From: Kathleen
Sent on: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 1:27 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Walking thru the Valley of Heart's Delight & Hiking Around!

What: Theater: A MEXICAN CHRISTMAS CAROL at Hartnell College in Salinas

When: Friday, December 3,[masked]:45 PM

Where: The Western Stage at Hartnell College
411 Central Avenue
Salinas, CA 93901

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water....

With December already so full of various performances, and a determination to not get over-busy, I'd promised myself not to fill up any more nights this month.

But one of our members sent information about "A Mexican Christmas Carol" which she even persuaded her husband to attend with her TWICE, so we just can't pass it up.

Salinas Native?s ?A Mexican Christmas Carol? Premieres at Hartnell College. Excerpts below from review by Daniel Tarker. Click here to read the entire article.

"Set in an impoverished Mexican town during the late 1800s, the play focuses on Do?a Avaricia, a Scrooge-like spinster who endures a sleepless night in the company of a trio of spirits intent on awakening her humanity by taking her on a tour of Christmas past, present, and future.

"[Juan Antonio] Ramos decided to write ?A Mexican Christmas Carol? after watching numerous versions of the traditional play. ?I enjoyed it the first time I saw it,? he says. ?But over time I realized the Victorian setting was not something I could relate to.? So Ramos set about writing a version he could identify with, one that represented the Hispanic culture in which he was raised. And the first major change he made to the story was making the lead a female character since Mexican culture tends to be more matriarchal than patriarchal.

"A native of Salinas who now lives in Sacramento, Ramos is acutely aware of some of the racial tensions embedded in Mexican culture. Growing up part Filipino, part Mexican as a son of farm laborers, he says he never felt completely connected to his community. He draws on these feelings of alienation in ?A Mexican Christmas Carol,? dramatizing the class tensions between light-skinned Mexicans of Spanish descent and dark-skinned Mexicans with indigenous roots. This is primarily depicted through the Bob Cratchit character, Amparo, who is never permitted to speak out of turn because of her Indio heritage.

"Like the traditional version of this classic tale, ?A Mexican Christmas Carol? manages to treat serious issues while still remaining an uplifting holiday story, perfect for the entire family."

Tickets are $30 plus a $5 purchase fee. Tickets can be purchased here; there are performances Friday and Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon..

Ron and I are going this Friday evening, December 3, leaving Sunnyvale around 5:00 to 5:15 just to make sure we're on time despite traffic conditions. We'll stop somewhere along the way for a VERY inexpensive supper, such as $5 Subway sandwiches or a couple of tacos. We'd really like to have another couple of riders to share car costs [and provide general merriment and clever conversation!] If essential, we could leave a little later, or pick up passengers in south San Jose close to 101.

If you are someone we've met before who is reliable in attendance, Ron and I will buy a ticket for you to sit with us, and you can pay us that day; we can split one $5 order fee rather than each of us paying it. I will order tickets on Wednesday morning, Dec. 1st, so if you would like to be included in our purchase order, let me know for sure by then. After that, I can tell you what seats we get and you can purchase tickets as close to them as possible; we'd be delighted to have carpoolers even if we can't sit together during the performance.

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