Sin Muros: A Latinx Theater Festival

Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 at 6:30pm

Houston, TX 77001


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Stages celebrates the range of Latinx voices and stories reflecting the diversity of local Texas communities.

Our fourth annual Sin Muros Festival will feature four world premiere play readings and the world premiere of Houston artist Candice D’Meza’s Fatherland  – a digital project that uses multi-media to explore grief and identity through the lens of a daughter who must come to terms with the death of her absent father. Our young audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy a digital performance of Yana Wana's Legend of the Bluebonnet  – produced by Indigenous Cultures Institute and Teatro Vivo. Yana Wana’s story exposes an amazing and unknown ancestral connection to the bluebonnet that gives 13-year-old María a renewed sense of self and family pride.


6:30pm: Community Talkback - Yana Wana's Legend of the Bluebonnet, Inner View and Franklin Ave.

7:30pm: Yana Wana's Legend of the Bluebonnet premiere

by Maria Rocha and Roxanne Schroeder-Arce
music by Héctor Martinez Morales
commissioned and first produced by Dallas Children’s Theater
presented by Stages
Thirteen-year-old María is having trouble in school, so her Mom sends her to stay with her Coahuiltecan grandmother in Laredo. There, María is told the ancient story of young Yana Wana, who followed a revered deer to find water and save her people. A 50-minute performance, Yana Wana’s story exposes an amazing and unknown ancestral connection to the bluebonnet that gives María a renewed sense of self and family pride. A beautiful and original play that illustrates the power of heritage and the value of one’s own story – especially one as ancient as the petroglyphs of Texas.

7:30pm: Fatherland premiere

by Candice D’Meza
Presented by Stages
The 50-minute autobiographical narrative centers on one woman’s sojourn through grief, in search of connection to her deceased absent father and her lost Haitian identity. A meta-narrative, the innovative core of the piece uses first-person storytelling to explore universal themes related to migration, land and identity loss, reclamation of self and nation through the theatrical use of memoir text, film, chants/sounds, spiritual songs and dance from Haiti. Fatherland is part of the Sin Muros Latinx Theater Festival and is FREE and available on demand February 18 at 7:30pm CST through February 28 at 11:59pm.

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