Day of the Dead in Carbondale
Dear Editor:It is with a huge sense of pride that Thunder River Theatre Company presented its second annual El Dia de los Muertos Celebration in its new theater. More than 100 people participated in the parade, and over 200 in the standing room only performance. Over 25 percent of the audience was from our Latino population.TRTC has been committed to its Latino Theatre Initiative since our founding in 1995. In 1998, we produced the world premiere of the English translation (by local Lesley Jackson) of “The Bishop Has Her Day” by revered Mexican playwright Rafael Solana. At that time, a local theatre critic stated: “Always stretching the boundaries of high quality live theatre, TRTC has once again chosen a truly original work – one that should help to bridge gaps between the Roaring Fork Valley’s Latino community and those who wish to learn more about the culture, customs and, most importantly, the human strengths and frailties that bind us all together.” This statement could well be the mission of our Latino Theatre Initiative. This past summer TRTC brought in Josè Cruz Gonzàlez and presented his adaptation of “Tomás and the Library Lady.”On behalf of TRTC, I would like to thank Dan Pittz and his Spanish III students from the Colorado Rocky Mountain School, their art teacher Jennifer Wheelan, their musical director George Weber, Francisco (Paco) Nevarez and the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Folklorico Program, along with many others, for making this event so incredible. TRTC can only hope that for many years to come, our theatre will be where our diverse community comes to share in cultural celebrations.Lon WinstonFounding executive artistic directorThunder River Theatre CompanyCarbondale
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