By: Charise Castro Smith
November 11-21 2021 @ The DeLuxe Theatre
Directed by: Patricia Duran
Mildred's Umbrella Theater Company launches their 2021-2022 LIVE season with the Houston premier of EL HURACÁN, by Cuban-American playwright, Charise Castro Smith. Directed by award-winning Cuban-American actor/director, Patricia Duran, the play will feature a Latinx cast and crew, and will be the first live performance for Mildred's Umbrella since the pandemic shut our doors in March 2020. The production will be at the DeLuxe Theatre, in the Fifth Ward, and will run November 11-21, 2021.
El Huracán honors four generations of Cuban-American women who navigate life's tempests together. Valeria drifts as dementia floods her mind. Ximena sinks as unforgiveness surges inside her. Miranda wades through the torrential mistakes of her past. And Val searches through the rubble to piece together her identity. Their family may be adrift in time and history, but they are bolstered by their memories and magic, and their eternal connection to each other.
"Like all theatres, it's been a while since we've done a production", says Artistic Director, Jennifer Decker, "We wanted to choose a play that really fits our mission to support women in theatre, makes an impact with Houston audiences, but without adding to the trauma that everyone is still feeling about the last year. This is a play of finding what can be rebuilt after tragedy; of redemption and hope after trauma."
Cast: Arianna Bermudez, Pamela Langton, Mayra Monsivais, Elissa Cuellar, Bryan Kaplan, Abraham Zapata
Designers: Danielle Hodgins (costumes and set), Edgar Guajardo (lights and sound), Francis Duran (choreography), Juan Duran (dialect), Rashaud Williams (combat), Curtis Miller (magic design)
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