Conversation with the cast and members of the creative team immediately following the 2PM matinee, and a free portrait drawing workshop to follow in the cafe.
Against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution, young Fridita, growing up in her family’s blue house in Coyoacan is diagnosed with polio. Bedridden, Fridita escapes into the world of her imagination, meets another girl that looks just like her, and together they journey to the center of the world for a fiesta with all the characters of her imaginings. Back in the real world, her peers taunt her for being different, but her father Guillermo encourages her, and awakens her interest in art with his love of photography. Strong and resilient, Fridita learns to overcome hardships and stay true to herself in order to become the legendary artist that continues to inspire.
Ajai Terrazas Tripathi, originally from Corvallis, Oregon, where he graduated from Oregon State University with a BA in Theatre, Ajai has directed, and produced Stories of Discrimination, two original plays The Death Rattle, and The Anti-Bullying Project, both based on real life stories. This is his seventh year in the Milagro touring company as a performer and teaching artist. At Milagro, Ajai is a grant writer, as well as the development, marketing, and production assistant for Milagro touring and educational programs, where he assists in curriculum development and community outreach efforts. He is a resident playwright, having recently written and directed the touring show Sueños de Fútbol, and he has performed in FRIDA, un retablo, B’aktun 13, Duende de Lorca, Cuéntame Coyote, Searching for Aztlán, and Broken Promises.
Dañel Malán, co-founded the Milagro Theatre with her husband, Jose Eduardo Gonzalez and in 1989 she created the bilingual touring program, Teatro Milagro. Ms. Malán researches and develops script ideas and works with playwrights, directors, composers and choreographers. She has also written several bilingual scripts, including Cuéntame Coyote (2005, 2014), FRIDA, un retablo (2006, 2013) and Mi Vida Gitana (2006) which was recently produced at the Reno Little Theatre in Nevada. She has shared her curricular work and bilingual education techniques as a guest instructor and workshop leader at various workshops around the country. Malán also co-founded OYE, Opciónes Y Educación, a Latino sexual health coalition with Multnomah County Health Dept. Malán holds an MS in Education, with a focus in Curriculum and Instruction from Portland State University.