Review by Dennis Sparks
This is adult subject matter, but tastefully done. These young actors are energetic and persuasive in the roles they play. Domena has talent beyond her years, and Tripathi, in his multiple roles, is amazing to watch. Well done.
– Dennis Sparks, All Things Performing Arts, Jan. 15, 2016
I was very impressed by the four young actors, especially Monica Domena in the role of Adriana. Geo Alva is also excellent in the role of Esteban. It’s easy to see how Adriana could be seduced and manipulated by him.
– Krista Garver, Broadway World, Jan. 18, 2016
Amidst the backdrop of urban Latin hip hop music, rhyme, and choreography, Broken Promises reveals the shocking truth of how quickly and easily teens are ensnared in the world of sex trafficking. Desperate for money, four teens living on the edge gamble their lives on internet porn and prostitution. Before she knows it, Adriana is trapped in a life from which she cannot escape, or can she?
Guest speakers and a free Women’s Health & Social Services Fair will accompany the two-week run at Milagro. Before and after the Sunday matinee on the 17th, non-profits such as Lifeworks NW, Planned Parenthood, and SARC will share information and resources in El Zócalo. After each performance, representatives from agencies that provide services and resources for women, as well as attorneys at law focused on sex trafficking, will join the actors for a post-show discussion.
Thurs. Jan. 14 – Amanda McLaughlin Barreto, Education Programs Manager for Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette. She has also served on this project as the Planned Parenthood representative in the development of the script for Broken Promises.
She will be joined by YES, Youth Ending Slavery, a student-led 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon, whose mission is to combat modern-day slavery.
Fri. Jan. 15 – Opening Night! Reception catered by Tortilleria y Tienda de Leon
Sat. Jan. 16 – Members of YES, Youth Ending Slavery will discuss their mission and work in Portland.
Sat. Jan. 16 – Student Night! Special invitation for high school and college students. Gift bags for first 25 students with tickets to arrive at the show.
Sun. Jan. 17 – Molly Franks, Multnomah County Health Department educator and co-founder of OYE, opciónes y educación, a Latino sexual health coalition co-founded by Milagro in 2009.
Member of Youth Ending Slavery.
Sun. Jan. 17 – Women’s Health & Social Services Fair 1-2PM, 3-4PM, See below for list of participating organizations.
Thurs. Jan. 21- Sat. Jan. 23 – Broken Promises is presented as part of the 2016 Fertile Ground Festival, an 11-day arts festival showcasing new work from local Portland artists.
Thurs. Jan. 21 – Warren Binford, Associate Professor of Law and the Director of the Clinical Law Program at Willamette University, has done extensive work with victims of violence and sex abuse, specifically children.
Kendra Harding from Lifeworks NW will which provides critical access to mental health services, prevention, and addiction for those in need.
They will be joined by members of Youth Ending Slavery.
Fri. Jan. 22 – Joel Shapiro, a local Attorney at Law who specializes in combating child sex trafficking and violence against women will be joined by members of YES, Youth Ending Slavery.
Sat. Jan. 23 – Kelly Clark from LifeWorks NW, will be joined by members of YES, Youth Ending Slavery.
Women’s Health & Social Services Fair Roster
PFLAG Portland works at the intersection of gender identity, sexual orientation, and race to provide a network of support for transgender members of our community through educational outreach and community involvement.
Planned Parenthood is a leader of the reproductive rights and health movement, providing community health care and education on issues such as family planning, healthy relationships, STDs, sexual orientation, and gender.
LifeWorks NW provides critical access to mental health services, prevention, and addiction for those in need. Its mission is to promote a healthy community by providing quality and culturally responsive mental health and addiction services across the lifespan.
APANO’s Strong Families is a group committed to building organizational capacity, honoring the voices and narratives within our own Asian and Pacific Islander communities, and working in coalition with other communities to take strong stances on policies that impact our families and what they need to thrive.
211 serves every Oregon County as well as Clark and Skamania counties in Washington. Every year more than 425,000 people dial 211, searching for resources on 211info.org, texting their zip code to 898211 or email -- all toll-free and confidential. Staff members have access to an interpreter service with more than 140 languages.
SARC has served over 450 teens in the last five years find safe and secure shelter, gain access to physical and mental health care services, procure clothing and hygiene supplies, re-establish educational plans and build job skills.
YES, Youth Ending Slavery, is an entirely student-led 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Portland, Oregon. Its mission is to combat modern-day slavery by raising awareness about its prevalence in the world and empowering youth to be advocates for change. Educating youth about the existence of slavery is crucial because the rising generation has both the opportunity and responsibility to create a world where unjust practices in the name of profit are not tolerated.
OYE, opciónes y educación is a coalition of local organizations and community members who take a different approach to promoting healthy sexuality. By using theatre and popular education, OYE provides interactive, culturally relevant workshops that cover topics such as youth-adult communication, body image, gender roles, LGBT identity, healthy relationships, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and family planning.
OLGA SANCHEZ served as the Artistic Director of Milagro, the NW’s premier Latino arts & culture organization from 2003-2015. An actor, director, writer and educator originally from NYC, she earned her BA in Theatre from Hunter College. Olga holds a MA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College NW, with specialization in Bicultural Development. In NYC, Olga served as a co-Artistic Director of the People’s Playhouse, and in Seattle as Artistic Director of Seattle Teatro Latino, for which she wrote and directed several pieces celebrating the beauty of Latino cultural heritage, including RETRATOS LINDOS a bilingual children’s show which toured Washington elementary schools & libraries. A founding member of Los Porteños writers’ group, she regularly pens a column on local Latino arts & culture for El Hispanic News. Her fiction has been published by Elektrik Milk Bath Press, Rio Grande Press and Rain City Projects. This past fall, she co-wrote ¡O ROMEO!, a Drammy Award winning production for Outstanding Achievement in Devised Work, in which Shakespeare meets el Dia de los Muertos. Her short bilingual play, SUPER ANA, commissioned by Metro for Teatro Milagro, tours local elementary schools.
Francisco is an actor, playwright, director and educator. He has worked with elementary, high school and college students adapting literature, classical theater and developing and directing original works for student presentations and performances. As an educator, Francisco has taught theatre classes and workshops for such programs as the Mark Taper Forum/Center Theater Group, Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, Cal Art’s Community Partnership Program, Cornerstone Theatre Company and Oregon Children’s Theatre. He served as the 2012-2013 guest playwright for CalArts’ Community CAP Program where his adaptation of Fuente Ovejuna was performed at REDCAT Theatre located at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. He is currently writing Odessa, an adaptation of Homer’s The Odyssey for Profile Theatre’s Educational Outreach Program. Francisco is a member of Actor’s Equity and received his Bachelor’s degree from Portland State University and his Master’s degree from Cal State University, Los Angeles.