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Sep 8, 2012|

A discussion with Olga Sanchez, the Aristic Director for the Miracle Theater (Teatro Milagro), about La Luna Nueva, a Hispanic arts festival being held at the Milagro/Miracle Theatre, about the various acts in the festival. www.milagro.org

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-- listening to mattress got a series of interviews with people of interest in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. I'm your host -- Douglas today I have with me one of my favorite guests from one of my favorite places in town. Have -- Sanchez C is the miracle feeder or main stage artistic director. And they have seen fantastic festival coming up what year is a soldier. Hate Ted it's dumb for fear of the Luna and when -- festival balloon whoever festival it is a Hispanic arts and culture festival. Celebrates a from around the world have yet to -- cards. I think we've covered it might be -- -- here recovered on the show a Q&A -- -- every year it's something different yeah so it's can we appreciate that your keeping up today yes and it seems that seems to grow and grow every year by leaps and bounds so as well let's start out with a letter roasters know a little bit about yourself and how you came to be -- miracle you do there. Closer so I am theater artists I'm the director originally an actor and you know some actors become directors of some become -- insurance is -- to that effect but anyway I've I chose the path of directing. And and when I was in Seattle I'm originally from their when I was in Seattle instead of focusing on Latino theater film and of course miracle theater its focus as a whole is Latino arts and culture. Sure and so I started working as a freelancers there are directing -- new works and some classic works. And eventually was invited to come down and be the artistic director for the main stage program. This -- touring company yes. And since I've been with the company nine years to celebrate nine yeah nine years yes I now kind of weird but it. All good good challenging enriching very. Big growing years so. Among the things that we launched here at at the miracle is this festival -- -- and have a festival which celebrates Latino culture and heritage during Hispanic heritage month. Aid and that -- except how it starts. Mid September and goes to mid August it's an interesting -- exits and that's the mindset starts mid to mid so. And -- -- -- -- they put anyhow I'm ever but I think it starts in mid month because several. Of the independence days of Latin American countries are begin in mid September so sixteen for example is. The indeed go on the day of that good -- though -- shout for independence from Mexico and the eighteenth is Chile's Independence Day convention -- a few in September of this festival. It celebrates lots of different types of art mainly performing arts but also their air is just some painting and such -- yeah we have a visual art. Artist represented. Throughout the festival will be showing more expire at Renee -- that I. And the theme of her show is called one song. Homework is as beautiful as -- does landscape and abstract works is got a lot of rich colors and just it's terrific quirks summer really excited that. Will be featuring her work throughout. Our space now is that primarily in this local older I think federal local primarily be hung in our lobby in the process and that's -- most of our audience will be and train him and you know mingling and then we have a cafe there before people enter the actual theater where the majority of performances that will be hosting during the festival will be in just deposit. About the the miracle theater space or -- you just from a lot of broken space. It is a wonderful space I I didn't I know it intimately mice sketch comedy troupe on -- -- on the show a number of times performs their regularly and has for about twelve years now and it's one of my favorite places in town. But they they do have a little cafe there a place to sit before the show when they have this look -- which is it's kind of an -- space for. Yeah we think of it is a community space. We've done a lot of projects in this so kernel which it -- -- -- a second tier content of his release -- you know kind of means foundation. Effect it can also -- like the foundation of a statute but -- it has come to mean in Mexico. The town square -- and just so it's what we think of is kind of our town square space. We'll do resource fairs there or community. Workshops dance classes things like that that are often free it's accessible it's an accessible space. And it's just opened to the community and we share with community members as well. And that's sort of like we -- if you imagine the building is a square in new. One quarter made it is the offices right one quarter -- does O'Connell. One quarter as the cafe lobby space and then their heart failure is the theater space in the lead in a theater where we love having you guys there -- overnight and knowledge. Yeah absolutely. Yeah really is is very unique performance space in town I love it because. It -- -- number of people some 120 some seat house. And that's kind of a medium spaces is not a -- real small space are much smaller spaces in town and much larger spaces and out. But what's unique about the way the stage lays out is that the seats go up from the floor and the floor is the stage. And it's kind of this diamond shape three quarter thrust. Kind of -- good things innings -- three side yeah actually so the audience is. Likely hear people say other not a bad scene house in the space there's not a bad seat and how it's true it's there's no seat more than twenty feet from the stage select that -- -- -- Now what am I bet what is so there's only five rose threat so you never you never that far away from the action. We know speaking with the artist -- such as yourself and the performing artists in particular of the come to the trust of all. And in particular the musicians. What they love is the acoustics of the space because it is an intimate space because the sound bounces really nicely yes. They don't need a lot of amplification so a lot of this music is acoustic and it just resonates in the space. But they also feel like they're not playing in a nightclub where they have to -- with the waiters and the clinking and that. And the and the small talk this is a place where you can go and sit and listen to the music that's being performed in just. Absorb it as an event and watch the musician and really just take it -- I am so excited and so looking forward to the various performances in -- to see in this festival. I'm sure and -- went down less thing about that space is that the to be that close to be able to you know literally see the beads of sweat on someone's face or to maybe catch their hide and performance is very very very powerful and brings you that much closer to the performance. As a as a viewer. So let's talk about some of the performances that are going to go on I you have everything from staged readings to Flamengo Miami is coming up this week. And yeah yeah. Let's talk about some of that OK. We do they react she launched. The festival with a staged reading of a new work. That's called a dialogue of flour and song but the evening is called bloody gun go okay which means which is simple enough what -- Aztec. Term for poetry they called it flour and songs and it was the highest artistic expression. And -- we start that evening with a bit of Aztec dance and and then we go into this full fledged two reading of this really instinct play that kind of -- historical figures with contemporary ones. And ask the question. About the purpose of poetry. In light of the chaotic world that we live and -- This one is nearly sold out so I'm gonna move on to the narrow -- I'm really excited about it as I said I love mango or shaft and I want to mention that then where people can get tickets have found ourselves. -- haven't you go to a mile road dot org that's M I L. Eight GRO dot org. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Is a 28 dollar price at the door. Exactly and that's twenty dollars if you if you wait until that night to buy a ticket to get an an -- it's at least three backs last so very very affordable for feeder in this town very affordable. So get to it already Flamengo flamenco Flamengo it's they hit me battery out and this is being put together by Melinda hedge courts who is. -- desert who's lived in Spain for many many years. And does has just immerse yourself in Flamengo and she's brought back artists from Spain. Particularly not only dancers but musicians we've got decent big Diego who is a brilliant. Sing. Kind of rattles some rattles the the rafters with his voice I mean it's really kind of -- they're going. Option to perform at us about 06 years ago. And and it's it's just another kind of experience that sort of soul shaking and then on McGovern DS. Who is our army is a musician is coming into town and again one of these Digisette they're going oh my goodness look at this is this is just so rich. And and he just shakes up that do -- then that thing that is the stared at flamingo casino area as it went today. And we and we have where we have two of those what's really exciting is we have a performance for them on Saturday night for -- and another 1 on Sunday evening OK so and so couple chances against exact because they're very very popular so if you registered get two tickets now. Now these these shows. They are bringing in some of them are put on by. Miracle but -- we have multiple -- most of them are from from groups so we've connected with over the years. -- -- many of them are at a town many of them -- local artists that we're really excited who need who wanna generate a show -- and they wanna share with us so we're real excited that -- got a few folks coming down from Seattle also very cool. For example on Sunday -- Sunday is a sort of our children's Saturday even though we're pretty sure that all of these shows -- kid from -- right but in particular we've got one show that's in Spanish called -- yen as the Mayhew called legends of Mexico have Vietnam vets for young audiences. It's storytelling and music. And the folklore traditions -- awesome super sweet. And then an even and we have the -- show. You mentioned that Jude children's show Spanish language. But and all these shows are you know what I'm -- -- back. I think it's actually bilingual so pilots can only tell -- status it's violently and that's something -- -- in general -- -- years you have an occasionally you're all -- -- right which we provide super titles for -- -- do that right but yeah we we -- -- a fair number of bilingual works at the -- we -- -- completely in English as well sort of depends on the season we how many shows -- just English -- -- bilingual and I very -- Spanish language shows and you know my Spanish is tenuous at best incident and -- -- would you. Forty years a Spanish classes. And and then you include my massively Spanish heritage. I really should know the language hello I don't but I still can make easy sense of the shows he has been on both leave when you have the super titles and then also in the bilingual shows -- the way the performances are carried out it makes that communication very very clear. We've which -- we try to do that very intentionally. One is we select play is. With the Spanish language plays that aren't completely reliant. I'm just understanding the language or not I'm not personally as an artistic director who gets to make the decision about the place. I'm not a huge fan of just talking head plays right I love to see activity I love to see people moving. Being expressive and -- and but appropriate to the show but then you pick the show where movement and and and physical malady. And gesture is going to be part of this event. And helps to tell the story. And then with the bilingual play as many of which are works that we generated we just get very very intentional about what line's going to be in Spanish what -- going to be an English. And and as such are we making sense to be you know if you say like disgust -- ball. And the responses. A cup of coffee could you kind of understand what the context is very you know even without knowing exactly what I said the first time around. So those are the kind of choices that we make or trying to do a bilingual work and I'm. Sure that lay and as a -- has that same kind of accessibility we've looked at these artists is a local artists now that Reyes and head of the -- on. Brilliant performers on musical and performance. People so today and then again again -- -- that communication as I mentioned earlier being so close to the action on stage. When you can see every facial expression you think you have seen a show you know in in some of the bigger -- bases in town her Broadway Show that comes through you know you can see people out there you can hear them all other -- might very well. But you might be fifty yards from the stage. And it's it's difficult to get exactly what they're saying that's geared to people who gave it and it allows. The performances have a bit more subtlety to them. Which is often times quite lovely now if you're just joining us you're listening to match your scope a series of interviews with people of interest in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. I'm your host Ted Douglass my guest today is oldest Sanchez she is the artistic director for -- miracle cedar group or the miracle main stage at capture my locker which you can find on the southeast stark and grand. Fantastic -- -- community center is focusing largely on Hispanic arts and culture but a little something for everyone there. They have -- festival that is about to kick off the lunar new -- The -- rent you did -- my Spanish is terrible. And many many many shows going on them -- from September 14 through the twenty ninth I highly. Suggest or recommend he get out and see as many of them as you can't so let's get on with some of the other programs we have going -- You bet a couple of the free things that are happening on Monday the seventies now this is a piece of being presented entirely in Spanish -- quickly. At 7 o'clock we have a free reading -- play in Spanish Italian Spanish it's a one woman show and it's about. The last days of this Nobel Prize winning. Poet named gathered Vietnamese friend of chi -- a ten and the thing that's excited me about this is that the next day it's Chilean Independence Day break some just excited that that we really didn't make that connect. The following that hey hi we have our free open Mike so that's -- everybody is invited to come down the the American. -- -- poems brand went out they've generated or bring their families like the poets that they wanna reclaim our orange that they want to -- claims such as. Federico Garcia along with or their Pablo Neruda poetry that they wanna come down and just recite. And that's the space to -- an embrace those are always really really fun I would imagine on though Wednesday and it we have our performance of -- and thirteen which is that Jeremy Lazarus touring show. And it's about to. The end of the Mayan whereas we know there's this legend is that sure December 2012 almost all over. An all over. And the exploration is the what does the -- actually mean when they said it's all over a -- and this -- talks about a couple of young hero out of court is somewhat being deported but that's kind of -- they -- -- -- -- sir -- that that that -- the big sunstone kind of ran out of space -- That's kind of the circle ends you know maybe you should make another one you know what we've got a couple hundred -- whereas Australia now grow right till we get there yet. So the question is about we know what it would is the end of the world exactly what kind of look at a metaphor doesn't really offer to -- very kind of course it's transitional on third stage that twentieth we're presenting to cover the academy announced who is this amazing against -- and guitarist. And he's going to be presenting of wide variety of music from the Latin American tradition. Just a beautiful beautiful guitar and some really excited about that show. And then the next night we have -- Cuban. -- Mayan style well a -- -- exactly he's he's he's front is doctor doctor if but I mean. Among militant enemies on your loot then downloads I'm very good fun. Intense schedule. -- and -- he's he's in town from Cuba and he'll be performing on the -- And also on the Cuban put a sewage is a very traditional folklore Eric instrument that that television is that. It shouldn't basically a smaller guitar kind that only has three strength to move and if you can't read you'll feel you'll recognize. They're cute that Cuban sound Sony bashing because he's a professor and she teaches us. He's going to be talking about the history of these instruments. On the history from Spain when they came over and and how they've transformed Cuban music as he goes deposits on Spanish so we have an interpreter -- be interpreting what he says for our English speaking audience that's fantastic should be pretty I'm really excited about that. On Saturday that we have this fabulous. Since we head into Q backhand bad and this evening called I am not ES -- got. And for folks who might know us -- was the call of -- net cruise that's the great great Cuban singer. And so this evening as a tribute to say yeah. This is by an idea -- is coming down from Seattle and her five piece combo -- -- congrats. Backups and learn is it's going to be fabulous and again. That is the nature of the space there had to Jeff from blogger or miracle theater. Is really really kind to music yeah yet just as -- -- and how it's really found. On Sunday we have the children so called I've been to Augusta they don't keep hope they say there's a man -- they go they'll get -- day it's a donkey with -- -- -- And he's in his hit it's it it's for kids and the -- is very bilingual. It's one of our touring shows. And it's about how -- -- loves books so much and so should know if that's because there's inventory to libraries and and so we're happy that to be able to share with our young audiences hear very well and and -- mentioned that than the price ranges there that's one of the lower price -- -- you know again it'd -- orbiting above four dollars yeah. Diaz had a great I'm Canadian exposure kids some theater. Exactly exile and it -- and it's is a really vibrant fun. Kid friendly and engaging show another resident there's a lot of audience interaction that's out. I remember when they were odd when they were rehearsing that the project they wanted us to bring whatever kids we could into the Pentagon your ticket practiced the interaction the -- with a -- -- connected to kids. That even name we have a group a new theater company that's just emerged in Seattle called -- they at all. And there are going to be bringing their original piece called don't get -- -- and essential plans homeless in Seattle a high. Exactly and it's an exploration of what -- don't Q what grandson jump. -- contemporary people. And behaves sort of the same way that they do in the not sure which is. Well key in particular sort of hallucinating and we kind of wandering 910 parents not really having a place to call homes and China damn right wrongs and getting angry at things and battling things that aren't there. Stuff like that that kind of behavior is that -- Resents. I think I've seen some of those -- I don't exact dressed as a she is transported Vicki what their frame warrant. Into this experience of homelessness. And -- -- interesting inquiry because that she's and it really really well it's also -- bilingual show her. Because she herself actually works as a medical interpreter in the hospitals and she isn't. Seems some of these patients come here unfair and kind of go through this system and then be released and there are out on the street again and he's going this is. These people deserve a little more respect. And a little bit upset achievement and we are able to give them I mean she also you know that it's just to strapped system. Then the man looks medical system is strapped for -- three sources church. And especially for people that can't really be helped quickly in that need intensive care right. Mental health care and so it's entertaining -- says it's about this relationship between this young man who wants to help the older man who is you know the -- -- Q what they -- relationship. And they're trying to negotiate. The streets of Seattle. -- grates on Sunday the Tony Curtis says Don Quijote de -- right exactly various interpretations sharing exactly and that's also really inexpensive. Yet seven miles an advance yep on Monday afternoon. The 24 the 24 two young man who's playing our center plans that in the reading from Seattle. Comes back to do a performance of his one man show called and who's the mall -- -- ticket the last -- and that could not be the ultimate coconut sure. And it's his one man show about he is. Obsession and with the video game world of war crashes -- video computer game and I sure there are more than a few people listening who have lost family members to world war -- exactly and and so it's it's kind of is negotiation have you know. Wow all of these characters I can dean you know. -- and not really have real lag a -- but super funny and very excited about it and I can't I can't wait and see it live I've read the script that you went to see it live on that following Tuesday night we have another open Mike. Bring this project come on down -- you can also just come and watch -- just coming wants absolutely does come check it out hang out have a glass wine and cup coffee. -- -- get the -- Wednesday he we have a brand new show a circus review. Of daily life for a Latino owned day laborer. Interest I -- and that's called let go outside it's that bad -- And that's being presented by billions Sierra -- European rule and their local M but they're led by an artists that we work with fits in several capacities and it'll probably has Carlos Alexis Cruz and he has. His -- of artist he's directed and created several of his own shows. Including one that he created for us a couple of years account. And his heels that's trying to does and there you go there yeah exactly he created the last audio show a couple of years ago. And he also created a show based on the -- Rican poets cafe. Poem about the suicide for a cockroach. Suicide note left by a cockroach -- a message and that's sounds interest -- and that's it wasn't just an reciprocal some real excited about this one misses it he's gonna get -- circus but he -- focus and training has been. In committed a lot of that and circus oh very cool yes she works -- -- -- and a variety of different companies that do a lot of physical theater and so. I can't wait to see what. What explodes on the stage and invisibly when it was all physical shows and films through yeah well I tell you what -- -- we're coming appear in the universe -- Sy are anonymous and out I a couple of shows here -- what -- we his name off what's left here so are we. And that -- is she's a terrific Mexicans singer songwriter she's -- resented her original work. Which is unique is normally issue only presents her muddy -- she but she's got a voice. That'll knock your socks off. The next night Friday we've got a night of -- goal and that's with Alex crabs and his musicians and there are going to be beautiful they're gonna have began saying and there are going to be playing. The school was attend a music. And then we close it with a -- at all mortal solo guitar he's so. Grammy Award winning Peruvian. Songwriter. Guitarist and we're delighted that that will be our sendoff for the -- militants -- That's fantastic -- so everything from open Mike poetry to kid shows two -- Qatar soloists dance. Clear readings I mean this is all over the place this is really fantastic festival. And if you're all interest in this I I highly highly suggest you go and check these folks out the miracle theater group. Always put me on fantastic shows there at -- out from a lot of rural miracle main stage again they're on SE six in stark the entrance to the theater is OnStar is OnStar damaging MOK and and then sexton -- Really good check that's a fantastic space always putting on really really really great shows. When you speak Spanish or not you'll be able to relate you'll be able to understand always affordable always very entertaining and and one of the better reviewed feeder companies in town so. The fact that they are you reading this festival putting this on look at the -- Luna new -- festival. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- All kinds of goodies there it's it's a pretty comprehensive website thank you so much coming -- they don't think you can always a pleasure always a pleasure. 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