Portland-based Latino theatre group to perform at Linfield

Cuentame Coyote, Russell J. Young PhotographyLinfield College will host the Teatro Milagro production of “Cuéntame Coyote” on Friday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield.

“Cuéntame Coyote,” written and directed by Dañel Malán, follows the journey of two cousins abandoned in the desert as they risk their lives in a border crossing adventure of courage and perseverance. The play is based on sacred stories and migrant tales collected from the Tohono O’odham reservation in Arizona.

Malán co-founded the Miracle Theatre Group in 1985 with her husband Jose Eduardo Gonzalez, and created the bilingual touring program Teatro Milagro in 1989. She has written and produced many productions, including “Frida, un retablo,” “B’aktun 13,” “Duende de Lorca,” “El Ultimo” and “Zapatista.” She has also worked collaboratively to design bilingual curriculum for K-12 schools, colleges and community groups and is currently working on her master’s in curriculum design at Portland State University. The 2014 tour of Teatro Milagro is possible thanks to the support of Juan Young Trust, Bloomfield Family Foundation, Carpenter Foundation, Target and The Ventura Group, Inc.

The cast of “Cuéntame Coyote” includes Alida Holguin Wilson-Gunn as Maria, Nathaniel Patterson as El Coyote, Ajai Terrazas-Tripathi as Jose and Mariel Sierra as multiple characters. Wilson-Gunn has been working as the director of Borderlands Theater’s education outreach programs in Arizona for the past seven seasons. Patterson is an actor, director, playwright and designer currently working toward his master’s degree in theatre at Portland State University. Terrazas-Tripathi, in his fourth year performing with the Milagro touring company as a performer and teaching artist, assists with grant writing and development efforts and holds a theatre arts degree from Oregon State University. Sierra began her theatre education at Studio East Training for the Performing Arts. While there, she participated in Young Actors Professional Intensive and spent three summers teaching in youth camps.

The Miracle Theatre Group’s outreach and performances give voice to issues affecting the local and national Hispanic community. Miracle Theatre also collaborates with local and regional human and social service agencies to address important issues impacting health, education and cultural sensitivity.

The production is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and is first come, first served. It is sponsored by the Lacroute Arts Series at Linfield and the Linfield College Department of Theatre and Communication Arts. For more information, call 503-883-2802 or visit www.linfield.edu/arts.