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Judge Torres by Milta Ortiz

Judge Torres

Once an undocumented foster child,
now one of Oregon's newest judges
Written by Milta Ortiz
Directed by Mandana Khoshnevisan
January 10 – 19, 2019
World premiere. National Tour launch.
Run time: 1:08, no intermission
Judge Torres by Milta Ortiz

Special Events

Enfoque: Justicia, Arte, & El Salvador
Tuesday January 8, 6:30 PM
An engaging conversation revolving around art as a tool for social justice,
hosted by Judge Xiomara Torres
Admission: FREE, limited seating.
Reserve now.

Preview: Thursday January 10, 7:30 PM
Wine tasting starting at 6:30 PM courtesy of
Coopers Hall

Opening: Friday January 11, 7:30 PM
Post-show reception courtesy of

About the Play

Judge Torres is a modern day fairytale rooted in Salvadoran folklore. Judge Ximoara Torres faces many obstacles in her turbulent journey crossing the border, maneuvering the US foster care system, missing her family, aging out, and becoming the most recent Latinx judge in Multnomah County, Oregon. But these barriers are no match for her Salvadoran-American grit.

Study Guide/Guía de Estudio

Download the Judge Torres Study Guide
Descargue la Guía de Estudio de Judge Torres

In the News

Judge Torres’ portrays an amazing life journey: From undocumented immigrant to Oregon judge, OregonLive/The Oregonian
Milagro Chronicles Xiomara Torres’ Path From El Salvador to the Oregon Judiciary: A judge's journey, Willamette Week
Obra de teatro narra la historia de migrante salvadoreña convertida en juez en Oregon, El Mundo (El Salvador)
La inspiradora historia de una migrante salvadoreña que se convirtió en jueza en Estados Unidos, elsalvador.com

Milta Ortiz, Playwright
Milta Ortiz, Playwright

Milta Ortiz left El Salvador at an early age and grew up in the Bay Area. Currently she lives in Tucson, AZ, where she is the Associate Artistic Director at Borderlands Theater. As an NNPN playwright, she wrote and developed Más, which premiered at Borderlands Theater and was then nominated for an American Theatre Critics/Steinberg New Play Award and Citations, and a Tucson Mac award for best drama. Her other works include: Sanctuary, A Tucson Pastorela, Disengaged, You, Me and Tuno, and Lilac Roses.

Mandana Khoshnevisan, Director
Mandana Khoshnevisan, Director

Mandy has long been a multifaceted artist. She studied literature, theater, and history at Stanford University, earning a B.A. and M.A. in English. Most often an actor, improvisor, singer, and director, she’s also been a musician, costumer, lighting designer, choreographer, puppeteer and more. In San Francisco, she spent 10 years with The Un-Scripted Theater Company (SF) and seven years as Master Electrician for the SF Playhouse. In Portland, she teaches with NWCTS and performs and directs at the Funhouse Lounge; she’s also an Associate Artist at Bag&Baggage, recently appearing in Romeo & Juliet/Layla & Majnun (Lady Capulet) and Death and the Maiden (Paulina).


January 10, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
January 19, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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Portland, OR 97214 United States
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