Paso Nuevo, Summer Show 2016

 August 5, 2016 at 8 pm

 An evening of original works performed in English, and directed by Quique Avilés, José Carrasquillo, Daniel Esquivel, and Matthew Vaky. The program contains strong language and is not recommended for children.

Through poetry, music, dance, and scenes, They Tried to Bury Us; They Didn’t Know We Were Seeds speaks to an array of issues that the youth believe are crucial to their lives---from addressing internal identity conflicts to confronting the school-to-prison pipeline to being “Latino enough”.

“Given the present political discourse about race relations, minorities, undocumented immigrants, and the phenomena of Donald Trump,” states Quique Avilés, the director of the summer youth program, “this performance could not come at a better time. It is no coincidence that the young people involved in the summer program felt the need to address these issues through their writing and performance. The show is the culmination of an intense six week process that brought together Black, Latino, and biracial youth from throughout the city to make their voices heard through theatre.”

The summer youth participants are Alexis Arévalo, Melissa Cadena, José Coca, Briceida Coronilla, Anayeli Gómez, Jason Gómez, Tonja Gossett, Ulyssia Govan, Kori Jackson, Karlyn McAllister, Felicia Miranda, Stephanie Reyes, Nathan Robinson, Pamela Rodríguez, Duvien Salmerón, Christian Sánchez, Jasmine Starr, and Olaedo Ukeekwe.

The presentation is in collaboration with the Theater Lab School of Dramatic Arts.

GALA’s Summer Youth Program is made possible with generous support from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs, the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, and Wells Fargo.

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