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Milagro/NWTW Collaboration Scholarship

Posted on June 12, 2018 | 0 comments

Milagro/NWTW Collaboration Scholarship

As part of Milagro’s commitment to support the development of Latino playwrights, nationally and a local level, two Portland-area emerging Latina/o playwrights will be selected to take part in Northwest Theatre Workshop’s (NWTW) year-long program on script development, designed to take an idea into a rehearsal-ready script. Selected playwrights will take NWTW workshops “Create 101” and “New Script Workshop.” The Create Workshops are important steps in the structured process to enable writers to create scripts in which they “say what they mean...

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Season 35 Spotlight: Charly Evon Simpson

Posted on May 29, 2018 | 0 comments

Season 35 Spotlight: Charly Evon Simpson

A conversation with the playwright of Jump How did the co-production at Milagro/Confrontation Theatre come about? I met José at the National Showcase of New Plays in Orlando last December. Jump had a reading there and he had heard it. We chatted about the play a bit before the end of the showcase weekend. A few weeks later, I learned that Milagro was interested in doing the show with Confrontation Theatre. I’m not sure of the details of that connection but I think it is great for two theater companies focusing on stories by and for people of...

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Writing a Latino Fairy Tale

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Writing a Latino Fairy Tale

A conversation with Marisela Treviño Orta, playwright Wolf at the Door A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere   How did your relationship with Milagro begin? Last year my play Shoe was part of Milagro’s INGENIO Festival. While I had met Milagro artists before, that reading was the first time I had the pleasure to come to Milagro’s theatre and have my work performed on its stage. Other than the INGENGIO Festival, I have not been involved with Milagro before now. This play is part of a cycle of fairy tales inspired by Latino...

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Season 35 Spotlight: Roy Arauz

Posted on May 22, 2018 | 0 comments

Season 35 Spotlight: Roy Arauz

A conversation with the director of the Spanish-language production La Segua by Alberto Cañas Escalante As Milagro’s Producing Creative Director, you are certainly no stranger here. What drew you to working at a Latino centered theatre? This is a loaded question. I had been working in the Seattle area for many years, though my focus had been mostly in LGBTQ, women’s rights, and social justice theatre, and as many I also held a day-time job doing graphic design and marketing. Eventually, two things happened: I realized that my voice as a...

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The Milagro Family Continues to Grow

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The Milagro Family Continues to Grow

Talking with actor Feliciano Tencos-Garcia   You are the newest member to the Milagro family. How did your involvement with us begin? Okay, so I give a lot of details, so forgive me if I ramble. I crashed and burned on my first outing with Milagro. Roy asked me to come in for a private table-reading of a play they were looking put on, and it was entirely in Spanish. I grew up around Spanish, speaking it, singing it, bragging about my cooking in Spanish, but I’m slow to read it because I never had a formal Spanish education. I asked Roy if I...

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Season 35 Spotlight: Milta Ortiz

Posted on May 18, 2018 | 0 comments

Season 35 Spotlight: Milta Ortiz

A conversation with the playwright for Judge Torres National Touring production How did your relationship with Milagro begin? I first met José at a TCG audience revolution convening. I already new Maya as an actor in Chicago, where I lived during graduate school at Northwestern University. So I had that reference point and I found that we have a lot of things in common. I also work in theater with my spouse. We had some good laughs about that. Both you and Judge Torres are originally from El Salvador. What is your favorite part of writing not...

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Talking tech

Posted on May 15, 2018 | 0 comments

Talking tech

A conversation with Watsonville Sound Designer Phillip Johnson   How did your relationship with Milagro begin? I’ve been working with Milagro for 3 seasons, and my first show was Contigo Pan y Cebolla, directed by Nelda Reyes. I loved that process because it was the first time I had ever designed a show that was completely in another language, which made me have to really brush up on my Spanish. I also really enjoyed diving into Cuban history looking for sound bytes, music, and telenovelas, I really learned a lot. Can you talk about...

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Season 35 Spotlight: Georgina Escobar

Posted on May 8, 2018 | 0 comments

Season 35 Spotlight: Georgina Escobar

A conversation with the writer and director of Alebrijes! A Día de Muertos celebration   You have worked with Milagro before, even as recent as last season on Bi– as writer and director. What other projects have you worked on with us, and how did your relationship with Milagro begin? I was brought on to devise, write, and direct the 2016 Día de los Muertos production called El Muerto Vagabundo. José became familiar with my work at the Carnaval of New Latinx Work in 2015 and from there decided to bring me on for this socio-political fantasy. I...

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Watsonville: A Family Affair

Posted on May 3, 2018 | 0 comments

Watsonville: A Family Affair

A dynamic mother/daughter duo takes the stage in the final show of our boundary-shattering season! The theme of family is etched deep in Moraga’s work, as well as at Milagro. We are fortunate to have a mother and daughter team join us for Watsonville: Some Place Not Here. Bunnie Rivera, who portrays Dolores, and Rosalie Siler, who plays Susana, are both not only Milagro veterans, but have performed together multiple times in other Moraga plays. Rosalie performed in her adolescence in Milagro’s productions of Shadow of a Man and Heroes and...

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Rise up with Watsonville

Posted on April 18, 2018 | 0 comments

Rise up with Watsonville

An interview with director Elizabeth Huffman The final show in our 34th Season, Watsonville: Some Place Not Here, is about to make its way to our main stage! And with it comes a new team of artists and producers to tell this story. The newest of which is Director Elizabeth Huffman. Although new to the production team, she is no stranger to Milagro, having directed both American Night (2015) and the five-time Drammy Award-winning Oedipus el Rey (2012). We got a chance to sit down ask her a few questions on her vision for the show, and what we...

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