Miracle Theatre Group's 29th Season to Include RAÍZ DE LA VIDA, LA CELESTINA and More


Miracle Theatre Group announces its 2012-2013 season featuring five stage productions, including three world premieres, a national touring production and a play in Spanish with easy-to-follow supertitles in English.

Miracle kicks off its 29th season with its fourth annual Luna Nueva festival, a multidisciplinary celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month featuring live music and dance performances, staged readings of new plays, open-mic poetry nights and more. A complete schedule will be announced later this summer for events from September 15-29, 2012. 

In October, Miracle celebrates Día de los muertos (Day of the Dead) with a fresh and original bilingual work titled Raíz de la vida (Root of Life), that leads us back to pre-Columbian America and the indigenous roots of the holiday …

In January, Miracle’s touring company Teatro Milagro revives its celebrated biography of the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, withFrida, un retablo, a re-imagined version of the 2007 production … 

In February, Miracle MainStage presents La Celestina, the Spanish Golden Age tragicomedy about the surprising consequences of a bawdy sorceress meddling in the love affairs of a young nobleman (presented in Spanish, with easy-to-follow supertitles in English) … 

In March, Miracle introduces Guapa, a new play by Caridad Svich that tells the story of a young girl from a small Texas border town who dreams of making it big in professional soccer … 

And in May, Miracle concludes its season with a unique dance/theatre production set in a New York City dance hall that caters to immigrants, where the movement and the stories delve into the hearts of these men and women striving to regain their human dignity … 

Also on the schedule are a number of special events, including touring productions of Aventuras de Don Quixote performing at libraries and schools around the Portland metropolitan region; and B’aktun 13, which travels nationally to universities and community centersMiracle’s annual community Christmas celebration, Posada Milagro; and a staged reading in Spanish for the 2013 International Women’s Day. El Centro Milagro continues to play host to a regular exhibitions of work by regional Latino visual artists along with a variety of community meetings and events, including the Small- and Mid-sized Arts Coalition, the Portland Theatre Marketers Roundtable, Los Porteños Latino Writers Group, Opciones y Educación, Latino Artists eXchange and many others. 

Miracle Theatre Group’s 2012-2013 season includes:



World Premiere

An original, bilingual celebration of the Day of the Dead created by Martín Milagro

OCTOBER 18 to NOVEMBER 11, 2012

Every year, the dead are commemorated in Portland’s longest-running Día de los muertos celebration. This year, we unearth the interwoven roots of pre-Hispanic customs and traditions found at the juncture of life and death. Are we but dreaming and awake only when we die? Through music, dance and legend, we explore that thin veil that separates our world from the realm of our indigenous ancestors.



A bilingual Teatro Milagro touring production written by Dañel Malán

JANUARY 10-19, 2013

In Tehuantepec dress with eyebrows taking flight like the wings of a raven, Frida Kahlo is legendary for her numerous affairs, self-portraits and an independence that inspired generations of feminists around the world. From the streetcar accident that left her crippled, to her torrid relationship with muralist Diego Rivera, life and art intertwine in this story of one of Mexico’s most acclaimed visual artists. She was called a surrealist, but Frida said she never painted dreams, only her own reality.



A riotous tragicomedy adapted from Fernando de Rojas’ classic Spanish Golden Age novel

FEBRUARY 7 to MARCH 2, 2013

Presented in Spanish with easy-to-follow supertitles in English

Sponsored by Josie Mendoza and Hugh Mackworth

In this bigger-than-life comedy, Calisto is a young and impulsive nobleman who's fallen madly in love with Melibea, the daughter of a rich businessman. But to win her over, the lovesick Calisto resorts to the less-than-pure magic of La Celestina, a bawdy sorceress whose scheming touches off a string of events with startling consequences. Dressed in Golden Age finery, this seriously funny critique of human nature remains as potent today as when it launched Spain’s literary renaissance in 1499.



A new play in English by Caridad Svich

MARCH 21 to APRIL 13, 2013

Single-mom Roly lives in a dusty Texas border town that everyone longs to escape. She’s never seen anything like Guapa, a natural-born athlete with a fiery ambition to become an international soccer star.  When Guapa joins Roly’s family, everyone’s life is turned upside down.  With only one shot to reach the big leagues from the barrio, how can Guapa convince the non-believers to let go of their doubts, spread their wings and fly?  This inspiring story will have you cheering in the aisles!



World Premiere

An original dance theatre production created by Mariana Carreño King and Daniel Jáquez

MAY 2-25, 2013

New York City can be a lonely place. But there’s a little dance hall in Queens called Club Las Palmas, where a man can take the hand of a woman, embrace his culture and whirl away the cold.  In Las Palmas, the muchachas que bailan run the joint and serve up los hombres a little homestyle dignity. Check your worries at the door and feel your body come to life among the joyful sounds ofduranguensefolklórico and cumbia!


Various season ticket packages are available, ranging from $74-$104. Individual ticket prices are $15-$30, which include a variety of discounts for students, seniors and groups of 15 or more; previews/Thursdays and Sundays; as well as advance cash purchases. Subscriptions, single tickets and group reservations are available by calling 503-236-7253. For more information, visitwww.milagro.org.

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