It’s 1929. When tragedy strikes 12-year-old Esperanza’s family, she has to leave her life of wealth and privilege in México for a migrant labor camp in California.
In this strange new place, Esperanza learns about strength, hope, and perseverance. A classic coming-of-age story brought to life by a cast of 10 to 18-year-olds. [performed in English with Spanish and English captions. Perfect for the whole family].
Teatro Visión shows that family-friendly theater needn’t pull punches in ‘Esperanza Rising’.
“Esperanza Rising,” now in a Teatro Visión production, shows how family-friendly theater can still have fierce dramatic stakes and poetic language.
“The land will speak to you,” says the 12-year-old title character (Samanta Hertel). “If you are very very still and very patient, you can hear its big heart beat, and if you wait even longer, you can feel it breathe.”
Yet Esperanza is about to listen to land she’s never heard from before. In Lynne Alvarez’s play, set in 1929, this young girl must suddenly abandon the comforts she’s always known in Mexico for poverty in a migrant camp in California.
For Teatro Visión’s free, online, bilingual production of the show, which has music by Victor Zupanc and was adapted from the novel by Pam Muñoz Ryan, the company asked its audience to respond to this prompt: “What brings me hope is ______.” It promises to incorporate answers into the show.
“Esperanza Rising”: Available to stream through June 20. Free; donations encouraged. teatrovision.org
How to enjoy the show:
Beginning May 21, you will be able to request a link to view Esperanza Rising. Links will expire in 72 hours.
Questions: Teatro@TeatroVision.org / (408) 294-6621.
For tickets and more information, visit www.teatrovision.org/esperanzarising.
This pre-recorded production is being created in compliance with State and County Social Distancing and Health regulations.