The hour-long program includes a traditional northern New Mexico cuento (folk-tale), El Baile de los Tecolotes (The Dance of the Owls, and a modern cuento entitled Mujer de Maiz (Corn Woman) by Geraldine Lawson. The cuentos are presented bilingually.
Mujer de Maiz is the story of Maria Juana, a humble and spiritual woman, and her simple-minded but trusted helper Panfilo. As Maria Juana grows the best corn in the village, her neighbors become very suspicious, and fearful that she is in league with the Devil. Their ignorance leads them to aggressive action, but Panfilo saves the day.
El Baile de los Tecolotes involves a traveling merchant who seeks shelter for the night with two old women who live in a small house in the country. But he has no rest that night, which involves magic powder, dancing owls, and a ferocious cat.
Although the cuentos contain a moral message (as all cuentos do) they are humorous and suitable for an all-ages audience. The cuentos are presented bilingually with music and audience participation.
The production is directed by JoJo Sena de Tarnoff, and involves actors ages 4-65, including Maya Sanchez, Armando Hernandez, Paola Martini, Luca Martini, Emilia Martini, Amador Gonzales, Alex Streeper, Karmela Gonzales, Cliff Russell, and Argos MacCallum.
Performances of Tres Cuentos misteriosos begin Saturday, April 8 at all three Santa Fe Public Library branches as follows:
Southside Library (6599 Jaguar Dr.) Saturday April 8 at 1 pm.
La Farge Library (1730 Llano St.) Saturday April 8 at 3:30 pm.
Main Library Sunday (145 Washington Ave.) April 9 at 1:30 pm.
The performances are free, and are sponsored by The Friends of Santa Fe Library.
Teatro Paraguas was founded in 2004 by an international group of artists and actors to promote bilingual Hispanic/Latino theatre and poetry in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico. Since then, Teatro Paraguas has presented 60 plays, and hosted countless events such as poetry readings, dance concerts, solo performances, and productions by guest theatre companies at its intimate 55-set black box theatre located in the Siler-Rufina district.
This project is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department ofCultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, Santa Fe Arts Commission and the 1% Lodgers’ Tax, Santa Fe Community Foundation, and the McCune Foundation.