Teatro Línea de Sombra
Jorge A. Vargas and Alicia Laguna, Artistic Directors
Presented in partnership with the Center for Mexican American Studies and The Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, and KLRU-TV
This performance is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Amarillo tells the story of a man who departs Mexico for a land of dreams: Amarillo, Texas—but vanishes before reaching his destination. Far away, a woman reconstructs his journey, imagining what might have transpired not only for him, but for the other thousands of faceless men and women who have taken the same path—and for those who were left behind. Combining stunning multimedia projections, visceral imagery, and poetic storytelling, this renowned theater company from Mexico City creates a rich, poignant meditation on the harsh realities faced by immigrants and their families. Amarillo is performed in Spanish with projected English surtitles.
The sensibility of the visceral piece Amarillo is in sync with much of serious Mexican art: raw, tragic, unsparing, poetic, vibrant. Director Jorge A. Vargas draws from a global avant-garde theater trove, layering live video with film projections, everyday objects used as symbolic props, abstract monologues (and a stunning physicality that burns with urgency).
– The Seattle Times
- In most of their works, Teatro Línea de Sombra deals in a critical manner with the social and political reality in Mexico.
- The company integrates a multidisciplinary group of collaborators including visual artists, musicians, set designers, academics, sociologists, and journalists.
- Amarillo received the Latin ACE Award for Best Foreign Production in New York and the Audience Award for the Best Performance of the 21st Exponto International Performing Arts Festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
- The group participates in the organization of the TRANSVERSALES festival, which takes place every year in alternating cities in Mexico, offering a platform for contemporary Mexican theater.
- The Association of Theater Writers and Critics (UCCCT) twice recognized artistic director Jorge Arturo Vargas and Teatro Línea de Sombra with Best Theatre Group in the Provinces, and Vargas with two awards for Best Research Theatre Director.