Theatre-on-film screening and discussion on immigration issues | Boom Arts brings AMARILLO to town next week

An excellent combination of theatre, culture, and politics is heading our way next week for one night.

On May 22, Portland’s Boom Arts (along with Seattle’s brings a film version of AMARILLO by Mexico’s Teatro Línea de Sombra to the Milagro Theatre.

The acclaimed show, which follows the story of an attempted border crossing from Mexico into the US, was captured live at On The Boards last year. This spring, the film has been touring around the Northwest and stopping in for screenings and community discussions.

According to Boom’s Ruth Wikler-Luker, the last stop in Tieton, WA two weeks ago was “…phenomenal. The audience was completely rapt and afterwards I had on the panel a professor from Whitman who specializes in immigrant workers’ rights in the region as well as an older apple warehouse worker who has been living (undocumented) in that very small town, population 1200, for 20 years. It was a very powerful evening.”

Boom Arts is dedicated to socially engaging theatre, so this sounds like just the sort of thing they’d bring our way.

And if you miss this evening and want to go out to a small town to catch it, you’ll have two more chances on the tour.

Columbia Center for the Arts
Hood River, OR
June 5, 2013 at 7:30pm
Followed by a discussion with community leaders.

Ross Ragland Theatre
Klamath Falls, OR
June 20, 2013 at 7:00pm
Followed by a discussion with community leaders.

Event Details

AMARILLO by Teatro Línea de Sombra (Mexico) HD film version

Wednesday, May 22nd, 7pm
At Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark St.
$5 Suggested Donation; No Reservations Necessary

The story: A US-Mexico border crossing becomes a mesmerizing epic with the help of gorgeous projections, bilingual text, powerful movement and a transcendent soundscape.

Jorge Vargas, Artistic Director of Teatro Línea de Sombra, will join us from Mexico via Skype for the post-screening conversation, along with Amalia Gladhart, Professor of Spanish and Head of the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon.

Treat yourself to homemade flan, Tres Leches cake with strawberries, and other desserts prepared by new Mexican catering company Cocina Cultura (María García, Mayora de Cocina).

The film is 1hr, and the discussion after will be about 45mins – 1hr.