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Family Comedy Features Romance, Mexican Traditions

Los Angeles playwright Jos?® Cruz Gonz?ílez presents his play Las Posadas, December 21

Published on LatinoLA: December 16, 2008


Family Comedy Features Romance, Mexican Traditions


Write Act Repertory Company is joining forces with St. Stephen's Episcopal Church to present La Posada (The Inn), a seasonal two-act play with musical components. The performance will take place on December 21st at 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM at St. Stephen's, 6125 Carlos Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90028.

The cultural comedy was written by Los Angeles playwright Jos?® Cruz Gonz?ílez. An author's reception will precede the show at 7:00 PM on December 21st.

La Posada combines family comedy with romance and Mexican folk tradition. It conveys the story of an elderly Mexican-American couple preparing to receive guests in celebration of Las Posadas. This traditional Christmas custom involves the entire neighborhood reenacting the efforts of Joseph and Mary to find shelter for the birth of Jesus.

The couple, Aurelio and Anita, is magically transported through time while recalling their first encounter with each other. The (once again) young lovers contend with El Ni??o, Anita's blustering ex-fiance. El Ni??o resists the loss of Anita and challenges Aurelio to a showdown in which the victor in a chile-eating contest will claim the hand of Anita.

La Posada is directed by Dick Post and produced by Lou Briggs. The production stars Angelica C. Garcia, Adrian Brizuela, Liliana Montenegro, Jos?® Luis Guzman, Jr. and Briggs.

Jos?® Cruz Gonz?ílez, the play's author, teaches theatre at California State University at Los Angeles. Born to migrant workers in Calexico, California in 1957, Gonz?ílez learned the value of a rich imagination from his grandfather, who entertained the family with stories and riddles while working the land. As a writer, magical realism has been a trademark of Gonz?ílez' work.

Mr. Gonz?ílez has written for PAZ, the Emmy-nominated television series produced by Discovery Kids for The Learning Channel. He was the recipient of a 2004 TCG/Pew National Theatre Residency Grant, a NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights and, in 1985, was a NEA Director Fellow.

In addition to La Posada, Gonz?ílez is the author of Sunsets and Margaritas; The Heart's Desire; The Blue House; Tomas and the Library Lady; The Cloud Gatherer; Earth Songs and September Shoes. In October of 2008, The University of Texas Press published Nine Plays by Jos?® Cruz Gonz?ílez: Magical Realism and Mature Themes in Theatre for Young Audiences.

Tickets for the Write Act/St. Stephen's performances of La Posada are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 17 and under. They may be purchased (in advance) online at www.ststephenshollywood.org, by telephone at 323-469-3993 or at the door, subject to availability.

All proceeds benefit the non-profit work of Jubilee Consortium; Write Act Repertory Company; Delaney Wright Fine Arts Preschool; L.A. Voice and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.

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