What’s Milagro’s brand new musical Óye Oyá about?

Posted on April 17, 2017 | 0 comments

The first question that comes to many of our minds is what does Óye Oyá mean? Óye: Spanish for Listen up, hey. Oyá: an Orisha (a spirit that reflects one of the manifestations of the Supreme Divinity) of winds, lightning, and violent storm and the guardian of the graveyard in the Cuban religion of Santería How did Milagro create Óye Oyá? It all goes back to two years ago, when inspired by an Oregon Community Foundation’s Creative Heights grant and the National Endowment for the Arts, Milagro set up to do something that hadn’t been done here...

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Lydia by Octavio Solis

Posted on March 21, 2017 | 0 comments

The long awaited Northwest Premiere of Lydia is finally here! We sat down with playwright Octavio Solis to discuss the inception of this poetic drama. What was going on in your life in 2008 that made you write this play? It was commissioned by The Denver Center in 2007. I was connected with several theatres at the time and I was actually working on Lydia and an adaptation of Don Quixote at the exact same time. I started writing Lydia in December 2007 and I gave myself a deadline of five pages a day. It couldn’t be more and it couldn’t’ be...

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A vast and varying place, such is (my) home

Posted on March 10, 2017 | 0 comments

Lydia, the next production in Season 33 Home Is…, opens in just a week. It is a fictional piece that poetically portrays life in playwright Octavio Solis’ childhood home, El Paso Texas. To get in the mood, please enjoy this poetic telling of “What home is for you” by our very own Development Manager, Molly Newgard. I imagine the river crisscrossing the sea, where palm trees sway and rice paddies dot the landscape.  I remember the humidity’s grip and mosquitos nets’ safe haven. The dust, the sweet, juicy mangoes. My uncharted home; my father’s...

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LGBTIQQ Teens At Significant Risk of Homelessness by Ariadne Wolf

Posted on February 20, 2017 | 0 comments

Milagro is proud to present the world premiere of Swimming While Drowning by Emilio Rodriguez. The show is in its final week with only 3 performances left and has been receiving high praise from audiences each night. It’s a timely piece about LGBTIQQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, and Questioning) youth and homelessness, the play not only explores the reality of their situation, it also shows how art can help cope with tough situations. Ariadne Wolf researched the unique situation that effects LGBTIQQ teens as it...

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Swimming While Drowning’s Incredible Opening Weekend!

Posted on February 15, 2017 | 0 comments

The energy at Milagro this week is electric as company members and audiences alike are raving about the incredible work that took place on stage this past weekend. The show is being described as honest, resonant, funny, and beautiful. Director Francisco Garcia beautifully summed up opening night by saying, “I am so grateful that I was given the opportunity to direct the world premiere of Emilio Rodriguez’s beautifully poetic play Swimming While Drowning. We had a wonderful opening night filled with love, laughter, and joy. Sold out...

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Meet New Milagro Familia

Posted on February 2, 2017 | 0 comments

Get to know some of the artists who’ll be sharing their art with us at special events this month: Pochas Radicales: Blanca & Andrea Blanca Stacey Villalobos is a queer pocha originally from southern California who works and creates in Portland, Oregon. As a woman of color, a pocha (an americanized Mexican), bisexual, and a gemini, her self and way of life have always been doubted by those around her. Villalobos’ fluidity frightens, her 3rd tongue(spanglish) makes her less ‘authentic’, and she has been defined as an...

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Director Francisco Garcia brings years of experience and insight to his work with two young actors in Swimming While Drowning by Emilio Rodriguez

Posted on January 24, 2017 | 1 comment

In Swimming While Drowning, playwright Emilio Rodriguez intertwines the everyday language of teenagers with heightened poetry to capture the world of two young men in an LGBT homeless shelter. Francisco Garcia, who was handpicked to direct this play by executive director Jose Gonzalez, brings an experience of creating theatre about young people’s issues to his work on Swimming While Drowning. Additionally, he brings his experience of living in Los Angeles, where the play is set. There, he often worked with youth similar to the characters in...

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Hurry Before El Payaso Sells Out

Posted on January 20, 2017 | 0 comments

BUY TICKETS SUBSCRIBE BOOK A TOURING SHOW DONATE  Providing extraordinary Latino theatre, arts, and culture experiences for the enrichment of all communities. MILAGRO INSIDER  |  Volume 16 Issue 2 |  January 18, 2017 3 More Chances Left to See El Payaso     El Payaso had a great opening this weekend. Despite the snow, we performed to a nearly sold-out house on Friday and enthusiastic crowds on Saturday and Sunday. Several community partners turned out for the environmental resource fair, which was also well attended and very informative. We...

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We’re back! Milagro’s Blog Relaunch: 2017

Posted on January 19, 2017 | 0 comments

It’s a new year and we’ve got new content to share with you on our blog. Stay tuned for more posts to keep up to date with what’s happening at Milagro, with our artists, and in the PDX theatre community....

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CEID Conversation #3 – Community Engagement Series

Posted on September 25, 2015 | 0 comments

  What:                Community Engagement Series: Conversation #3 When:               Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 5:00 to 7:00 PM Where:              El Zócalo at Milagro, 537 SE Stark Street Portland, OR 97214 RSVP by September 28th to More Info:        For more information visit: Sponsored by SE Uplift and the Office of Neighborhood Involvement   On Tuesday, September 29th, Milagro will be hosting Conversation #3 of its Community Engagement Series with creative residents and...

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