A Los Angeles Holiday Tradition: Tenth Anniversary Production of “La Virgen De Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin”
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — For years now, the Latino Theater Company has presented a holiday gift to the community, its production of “La Virgen De Guadulupe, Dios Inantzin.” Adapted for the stage by company member and playwright Evelina Fernandez from the mid- Sixteenth Century text The Nican Mopohua, it relates the story of how the Virgin Mary appeared on four occasions to the lowly peasant Juan Diego in the mountains of Tepeyac near Mexico City in 1531. Miracles attributed to her intercession included the blooming of roses during a time of frost, and the recovery of Juan’s uncle from the deadly plague. Juan’s devotion to the Virgin was a catalyst for a spiritual renewal in the area. Perhaps two decades after the events occurred, they were recorded on paper in an Aztec language by the Indian scholar Antonio Valeriano.
Ms. Fernandez has transformed the story into a work for the stage whose themes of faith, hope and perseverance can speak to people of all backgrounds.
The show is presented in Spanish with English supertitles.
Reserved seating is available for $35 and can be acquired online at www.thelatc.org, or by calling toll-free at (866) 811-4111.
General admission is free to the public (all are welcome to attend) at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, on Thursday and Friday, December 8 and 9, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. A goodwill donation of $5 is suggested. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Early arrival is encouraged for best seating and to allow for traffic.
Renowned opera singer Suzanna Guzman stars as the Virgin on December 8, and Esperanza America Ibarra plays the Virgin on December 9. Sal Lopez portrays Juan Diego, in a cast of over 100 actors, singers and dancers that also includes children and seniors from the community.
The production is directed by Latino Theater Company’s Artistic Director, Jose Luis Valenzuela. Original music composed by Alfredo Lopez Mondragon.
You have an alternative when you want a choice besides “A Christmas Carol” or “The Nutcracker” for enjoyable, uplifting holiday entertainment. That alternative is “La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin.”
SOURCE Latino Theater Company