Esperanza Rising

Friday, October 3 - 12, 2014
B. Iden Payne Theatre
$15.00 - $25.00

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Esperanza Rising
Story by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Adaptation by Lynne Alvarez

Tragedy strikes and Esperanza, a young, privileged girl living in Mexico, is forced to flee to California. Working in a migrant labor camp during the Great Depression, Esperanza must overcome adversity and find unexpected inner strength.

Adapted from Pam Muñoz Ryan’s award-winning book, this coming-of-age story shares an inspiring message of hope for all audiences.

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About the director
Natalie Novacek tells raw and daring stories with effortless staging through contemporary, language-driven scripts. She is the artistic director of Loudmouth Collective, known in her hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota for tackling challenging solo performance and engaging small-ensemble theatrical events. She has directed or assistant directed over 40 productions in the Twin Cities, working at the Guthrie Theater; Jungle Theater; Theatre de la Jeune Lune; Children’s Theatre Company to name a few. Novacek was a Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Selection Team Directing Fellow. She is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

October 3, 9, 10, 11 at 7:30pm
October 5, 11, 12 at 2:00pm

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