Teatro Paraguas will present a bill of three short bilingual cuentos (folktales) April 13-15 at all three Santa Fe Public Libraries. Admission is free.
This family-friendly event features a cast of 13 actors ranging in age from 3 to 66, under the direction of JoJo Sena de Tarnoff.
The three cuentos are entitled El Diablo de Polvo (The Dust Devil), Se Venden Cenizas (Ashes For Sale), and La Nina que riega la albahaca y el Príncipe Preguntón (The Girl Who Waters The Basil and The Inquisitive Prince).
El Diablo de Polvo is adapted from a story by Angel Vigil, an accomplished author, performer, theatre director, and educator. He is the author of six award-winning books on Hispanic and Western arts and culture. Angel is also the Colorado State Heritage Artist for Hispanic storytelling, specializing in the traditional stories of the Hispanic Southwest and Mexico. He was the Chairman of the Fine and Performing Arts Department and Director of Theatre, Colorado Academy, Denver before retiring.
El Diablo de Polvo is the story of a young girl who lives with her parents on an isolated farm without any close neighbors or playmates. One afternoon she learns the true meaning of friendship with the help of her cat, a bird, and a cow.
Se Venden Cenizas is an old tale from colonial Mexico that has many variations. It is typical of the type of story involving two friends, one very rich and one very poor. The rich friend’s practical joke at the expense of the poor friend unleashes a series of events that have life-changing consequences for both of them. A devil mask, a band of robbers, and an underground river all play important parts in the telling of the story.
La Niña que riega la albahaca y el Príncipe Preguntón (The Girl Who Waters The Basil and the Inquisitive Prince) was written by Federico Garcia Lorca as a puppet play and was originally presented with other puppet plays Jan. 6, 1923 (Twelfth Night) at Lorca’s family home in Granada to the delight of family and friends, accompanied by a three-piece orchestra (clarinet, lute and harpsichord) under the direction of Lorca’s friend Manuel de Falla. Needless to say, the Prince and the Girl fall in love, and live happily ever after.
The performances are sponsored by The Friends of the Santa Fe Library, and this family-friendly production is free to the public.
Time and place of the performances:
At 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 13 Southside Branch Library, 6599 Jaguar Dr.;
At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14 La Farge Branch Library, 1730 Llano St; and
At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15 Downtown Library, 145 Washington Ave.