Apollinaire Theatre Company Presents ¡BOCON!, Now thru 7/27
Apollinaire Theatre Company's 11th year of offering free bilingual productions on alternating nights in English and Spanish in Chelsea's Mary O'Malley Park features 2 plays about crossing borders, fear of the Others among us, linguistic slight of hand, and finding one's voice in the chaos.
¡Bocón!, a fable filled with humor and mysticism and song, tells the story of twelve-year-old Miguel who flees a repressive military regime in Central America for Los Angeles.
A natural storyteller and irrepressible "big mouth" or bocón, Miguel loses his voice when his parents are taken, and he begins a metaphorical journey north to the City of Angels. Along the way he meets up with an unusual traveling companion, La Llorona, the legendary "Weeping Woman" of Mexican and Central American mythology. Through their magical friendship, Miguel finds his voice and the courage to cross the border to a new life.
"Bocón! is written to be understood in both English and Spanish.
"Bocón! is a children's play...but playwright Lisa Loomer offers so much for the adult mind to ponder. It would certainly be a shame to think that you can only see the show if you drag a kid along...the depth of Loomer's writing makes it more of an adult show suitable for the whole family." -Chicago Reader
In Apollinaire summer tradition, the audience will move with the action. Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets and beach chairs, and a picnic to enjoy along with the Boston harbor views.
Apollinaire in the Park Performances are today, July 9-27, 2014 ¡Bocón! plays on Thursdays and Sundays at 7:30 ?Runs in rep. with Invasion! which plays Wed. & Sat. in English at 7:30, Fri. in Spanish at 7:30? Press Opening: Sunday July 13, 2014 at 7:30. The production is staged environmentally in multiple locations in Mary O'Malley Park, Commandant's Way, on the Chelsea Waterfront (Admiral's Hill). Information/Directions/Parking Info.: www.apollinairetheatre.com or (617) 887-2336. In case of rain, call (617) 887-2336 to check status.
Lisa Loomer (playwright) is best known for her plays The Waiting Room, Living Out, and Distracted. She also co-wrote the screenplay for the film Girl Interrupted. Awards include the Jane Chambers Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award, a Garland Award, a Lurie Foundation Award, and the American Theatre Critics Association Award (twice). She was twice nominated for a Pulitzer, and has also received an Imagen Award for positive portrayals of Latinos in all media.
Directed by: Danielle Fauteux Jacques
Featuring: Alana Osborn-Lief, Amelia Lumpkin, Dale J. Young, Diego Buscaglia, Felix Teich, Jacob Athyal, Julia Alvarez, Kelly Chick, Mauro Canepa, Melissa Nussbaum Freeman, Nicole Dalton, Paola M. Ferrer, Tony Dangerfield, Victor Hugo Arellano
Production Stage Manager: Veronica Haakonsen Stage Manager: Elena LivakASM: Ruby Simonoff & Marina A Silva Fight Director: Danielle RosvallyComposer/Music Director: Allyssa Jones Choreographer/Costume Design Invasion!: Susan PainoScenic Artist Invasion!: Megan F. Kinneen Bocón/Sets/Props Master: John Cadiz Bocón Costume Designer: Karen PedersenVoice/Dialect Coach: Nina Zendejas Intern: Alexandria E. Churchwell Production Assistant: Joe A. OgandoHouse Managers: Ida Rudolph & Trip Venturella
Running Time Apx. 60 minutes