Inspired by the book, Flatland by Edwin Abbott. Set in the year 2073 in Tierra Plana, a new nation of squares, walls, and all sorts of boxes, Bi- will break open the boxes of selective classification. Ajai Terazzas Tripathi and the Teatro Milagro touring cast tell a tale of the spaces in between labels. Where do we come from and who are we becoming? Through personal interviews, poetic narrative, and dance movement, Bi- raises the question, "What is your bi-dentity?"
Biracial and multiracial Americans are growing at a rate three times as fast as the population as a whole, yet a Pew Research Center survey found that over half of multiracial people have reported that they have been subjected to racial slurs or jokes and have felt pressured to identify as a single race. Like multiracial people, bisexual and queer people face "unique stressors," where they are oftentimes stereotyped and misunderstood, even within the LGBTQ population.
Bi- is paired with Teatro Milagro’s UNIDAD curriculum in which students take theatrical workshops that address bullying, harassment, and student isolation by focusing on themes of identity, inclusion, and community support.
Bi- premieres January 12th on Milagro's main stage and is available for national bookings throughout 2018. Please connect here to bring Bi- to your high school or university.
She is a playwright from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, currently living in Manhattan. She has translated works for playwrights Anne Garcia Romero, Melinda Lopez as well as companies and organizations like Writers Theatre (Quixote: On the Conquest of Self Chicago), The Civilians (Brooklyn, NY) and the Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC). Her work has been seen at INTAR, Dixon Place, Exquisite Corpse Company (NY), Aurora Theatre (GA), Milagro (OR), Duke City Rep (NM), ASSITEJ (Copenhagen) and developed at Clubbed Thumb, Lincoln Center Theater, National Puppetry Conference (O’Neill), Marfa Live Arts (TX) and The Lensic (NM). She is the recipient of the National Theatre for Young Audiences Award from the Kennedy Center (2010) and a finalist for the National Latino Playwriting Award (2016). Some Writing Credits include: The Beacons (INTAR, Marfa Live Arts), All Strings Considered (New York Children’s Theatre), El Muerto Vagabundo “Death and the Tramp” (Milagro Theatre); Sweep (Aurora Theatre, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab), The Unbearable Likeness of JONES (TMTC Reading NYC, Dixon Place), Ash Tree, winner of The Kennedy Center’s National TYA Award (Duke City Repertory, ASSITEJ Festival) and The Ruin (Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Words Afire Festival of New Works). Artistic Development includes Fornés Playwriting Workshop (Chicago, 2017), Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writers Group (NY, 2016/17), Marfa Live Arts (Guest Playwright at 6th Annual Playwriting Workshop), Commissioned Artist (Milagro Theatre, New York Children’s Theatre, Duke City Repertory Theatre, Little Globe), After Orlando (Missing Bolts and No Passport), OMPF (INTAR), The Brooklyn Generator, HotInk Festival (The Lark) and Literary Associate, at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center (2011/12). More at www.georginaescobar.com
Gabriela Portuguez was born and raised in East Los Angeles, California. Her artistic education developed as a trained dancer/performer in Los Angeles in commercials, live performances and a teacher in professional studios such as Millennium Dance Complex and The Edge. In Portland, her artistic training evolved from working with the WNBA and AFL Dance Industry to choreographer, outreach educator, and business administrator for non-profit performing arts organizations such as White Bird, Milagro, and Profile Theatre. She began her own performing arts production company called Latin Groove PDX Productions that incorporates writing, creating, producing, and promoting cultural performing arts. Her motivation in the arts is driven by her personal connection to the community as a bilingual, bicultural female.
Dañel Malán co-founded Milagro with her husband, Jose Eduardo Gonzalez, and in 1989 she created the bilingual educational program, Teatro Milagro, which tours regionally and nationally. She researches script ideas, works with playwrights, directors, composers and choreographers and also designs and implements curriculum for K-12 schools, colleges, and community groups.
Malán holds a BA in Theatre Arts from UC, San Diego and an MS in Curriculum Instruction from Portland State University. Her graduate work focused on a case study of quantitatively documenting improved learning with bilingual arts integration in 8th grade classrooms.