A Musical Piñata for ChristmasVIII

Friday, December 18, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.

Teatro Paraguas presents

 A Musical Piñata for Christmas VIII 

The annual community celebration for the Holidays!  This virtual offering features a short play by Alix Hudson and Paola Vengoechea Martini, entitled Home for the Holidays: Con Amor y Gozo, which will be live on Zoom. Afterwards the audience is invited to join us for a virtual gathering.

The play will be posted afterwards on xerb.tv with videos of short scenes and carols and holiday music by the Teatro Paraguas Orchestra from previous community celebrations.


Alix Hudson & Paola Vengoechea-Martini's short play, Home for the Holidays: Con Amor y Gozo, is a Spanglish romp of Advent (and Chanukah) 2020. In Home for the Holidays, the 20 actors of all ages from our Paraguas family are also a literal family -- desperately trying to cobble together a "normal" Christmas for the family matriarch, Mama JoJo (JoJo Sena de Tarnoff). But group Christmas preparations on Zoom don't prove easy in the midst of the pandemic. Mama JoJo's daughters (Cristina Vigil, Juliet Salazar, Jeni Tincher, Alix Hudson, Sharla Stearn, Julia Gay, Paola Vengoechea-Martini) each take different approaches coping with the stress, from remedios to music to micromanagement, and Tio Padre Froggy (Rudy Fernandez) worries about composing his famous Misa del Gallo homily. While the teenagers (Luca Martini, Shaunti Sitonik, Amaya Smith) are more than okay with the lax oversight, their little primos (Logan Gay, Josephine Tincher, Emilia Martini) worry about the rest of the family. Eclectic Uncles (Stephen Jules Rubin, Argos MacCallum) remind us of our Musical Piñata for Christmas tradition, now in its 8th year. And observing this locura are the New York cousins, who have no excuse not to attend the family Christmas in its online format. The NY primos are played by New York City-based Crip Video  http://cripvideoproductions.com Productions company members, Margot Cole, John Diodato, and Izabella Ginda. Will the familia pull off the perfect rendition of Mama JoJo's favorite carol, "Vamos Todos a Belén," despite the odds?? Join us at 7pm on December 18th -- on Zoom! -- to find out.