For half-a-dozen years now, the Latino Theater Company has presented a holiday gift to the community, its production of ‘«£La Virgen De Guadulupe, Dios Inantzin.‘«ō Adapted for the stage by company member and playwright Evelina Fernandez from the mid- Sixteenth Century text The Nican Mopohua, it relates the story of how the Virgin Mary appeared on four occasions to the lowly peasant Juan Diego in the mountains of Tepeyac near Mexico City in 1531.
Miracles attributed to her intercession included the blooming of roses during a time of frost, and the recovery of Juan‘«÷s uncle from the deadly plague. Juan‘«÷s devotion to the Virgin was a catalyst for a spiritual renewal in the area. Perhaps two decades after the events occurred, they were recorded on paper in an Aztec language by the Indian scholar Antonio Valeriano.
Ms. Fernandez has transformed the story into a work for the stage whose themes of faith, hope and perseverance can speak to people of all backgrounds.
The show is presented in Spanish.
Those wishing to see the show in a more traditional theatrical space can do so at THE NEW LATC in its 500-seat Theatre 1 from December 13 through December 22 for eight performances. Supertitles in English are also provided for the engagement at THE NEW LATC.
The reconstructed LATC , a City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs Facility operated by Latino Theater Company in downtown‘«÷s Historic Core, is being reborn as THE NEW LATC, reopening this fall in grand style with an international festival of theater and dance. ‘«£La Virgen‘«ō is part of that festival.
Renowned opera singer Suzanna Guzman stars as the Virgin. Sal Lopez plays Juan Diego, in a cast that also includes Valente Rodriguez (‘«£The George Lopez Show‘«ō), Pepe Serna, Castulo Guerra, Lucy Rodriguez, Geoffrey Rivas, Cris Franco, Lazaro Arvizu, Jennifer Sanchez and Dyana Ortelli.
The production is directed by Latino Theater Company‘«÷s Artistic Director, Jose Luis Valenzuela. Lucy Rodriguez and Geoffrey Rivas produce for Latino Theater Company. Original music composed by Alfredo Lopez Mondragon. Musical director: Karl Carrasco.
Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8, Sunday at 3. There is an added Saturday matinee at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 22, which will be followed by the closing performance at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $28. Students, seniors and groups of ten or more can purchase tickets for $15. Admission is also available via the Cultural Green Card ( four tickets for THE NEW LATC for $100).
THE NEW LATC is located at 514 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013. Reservations can be made at (323) 461-3673 (via the Ford Amphitheatre box office service) or online at www.thenewlatc.com
You have an alternative when you want a choice besides ‘«£A Christmas Carol‘«ō or ‘«£The Nutcracker‘«ō for enjoyable, moving, uplifting holiday entertainment. That alternative is ‘«£La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin.‘«ō