This Is GALA EN FAMILIA

 ¡Welcome to our online publication!

 Each week, we bring you new performances by and interviews with our artists through our website, e-newsletter, and social media platforms. For children, there are fun stories to delight and discover... And it all is in Spanish!!

On our social media accounts, you can also enjoy video clips and photographs from acclaimed productions from our past that are truly unforgettable!

We hope you like the idea and delight in the content below. Enjoy!
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GALA EN FAMILIA online content

Introducing GALA EN FAMILIA! GALA's Artistic Producing Director Hugo Medrano launches our digital strategy to continue to serve the community through high-quality online contents for both adults and children.

Poetry For The Soul. In the inaugural presentation of GALA EN FAMILIA, company member Luz Nicolás recites "La casada infiel"(The Unfaithful Wife), a poem by Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca. Listen to her conversation with Hugo Medrano, GALA's Producing Artistic Director, as they discuss why she selected the poem, the themes she explored in interpreting the text, and Lorca’s role in Spain's cultural legacy.

Stories Of Exile, The Human Perspective. Producing Artistic Director Hugo Medrano speaks with GALA family is with Horacio Peña, who provided a thoughtful portrait of the Spanish philosopher and writer Miguel de Unamuno last season in The Old Man, The Youth, and the Sea. These two accomplished artists, who once shared the stage in Argentina and Spain, engage in a lively exchange about the play that brought them together again and its exploration of a man forced into exile, a theme familiar to both.

From Spain To DC: Another Journey Begins. A riveting monologue from Yerma by Federico García Lorca is delivered by Helen Hayes Awards-winning Spanish actor Mabel del Pozo. An invigorating conversation between between GALA's Producing Artistic Director Hugo Medrano, del Pozo, and director José Luis Arellano, who received a Helen Hayes Award for Yerma. Enjoy the dialogue exploring themes in Lorca’s masterpiece that still ring true today... And get the scoop on the trio’s next artistic journey together as part of GALA’s 45th anniversary season!

Inspiring Women Today. Inés Domínguez del Corral overcomes travel restrictions imposed by COVID-19 to connect from Colombia in a conversation with GALA’s Producing Artistic Director Hugo Medrano. Domínguez initiates the chat with a moving interpretation of the song Alfonsina y el mar (the song pays homage to the beloved Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni). Medrano and Domínguez, a GALA company member and Paso Nuevo teaching artist, discuss Storni's contributions to feminist thought in the early 20th century, her life and death, and how the poet inspires her. Hear Inés reveal her favorite GALA show!

Contents for Children - Leyendo con GALita, a 12-week series 

Episode 1 - El día en que descubres quien eres (The Day You Find Out Who You Are). Beautifully read by Melissa Strova-Valencia, Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical text and Rafael López’s dazzling art reminds us that sometimes we all feel like outsiders, and yet how brave it is to go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and share our stories, others will happily meet us halfway.

Episode 2 - Wonder: Todos somos únicos (We Are All Unique). With spare, powerful text and richly-imagined illustrations by R.J Palacio, the story reveals what it’s like to live in Auggie’s world - a world in which he feels like any other kid, but he’s not always seen that way. Auggie’s story taps into every child’s longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. Read by Tsaitami Duchicela, this insightful book is perfect to talk about empathy, difference, and kindness with young children.

Episode 3 - Francisca y la muerte (Francisca And Death). This is a Cuban folktale about Francisca, an energetic abuelita who is always busy helping others in town! When Death goes looking for her, will she find her? Adapted by Onelio Jorge Cardoso and illustrated by Genaro Cantú, this charming story, as told by Catherine Nunez's sweet voice, is a love letter to all abuelitas and a reminder of how much they contribute to their communities.

Episode 4 - Soñadores (Dreamers). Celebrate what immigrants carry with them when they leave their homes. This story about family is a reminder that we are all dreamers taking our own gifts wherever we roam. Written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales, A beautiful and powerful book, it has a particular urgency today when the status of our "Dreamers” is uncertain. Chilean actor Karen Morales-Chacana reads this topical and timeless tale.

Episode 5 - ¿Dónde va a parar? (Where Do They Go?). A beautifully crafted poem for children that gently addresses the emotional side of death. Written by best-selling novelist and children’s author Julia Álvarez, and illustrated by Vermont woodcut artist Sabra Field, ¿Dónde va a parar? helps answer difficult questions such as "When someone dies, where do they go? ... where the wind goes when it blows." In Peter Pereyra’s sensitive and comforting voice, the poem becomes a meditation on loss.

Episode 6 - Escuchando con mi corazón: Un cuento de bondad y autocompasión (Listening with My Heart: A Story of Kindness and Self-compassion). Listening to Karen Romero’s dulcet voice read this story is a reminder of the importance of being kind to oneself. This tale written by Gabi García and illustrated by Ying Hui Tan touches on the universal themes of friendship, empathy, and compassion. Activities included in the video!

Episode 7 - Lola. When Lola’s teacher asks her students to draw a picture of the place from which their families immigrated, they are all excited. Except Lola. She can’t remember The Island -she left as a baby. In this story by Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Díaz and illustrated by Leo Espinosa, Lola’s imagination, with the help of her family and friends and their memories, takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island. In Guadalís del Carmen's dynamic voice, we see that as Lola draws closer to the heart of her family’s story, she understands the truth of her abuela’s words: “Just because you don’t remember a place doesn’t mean it’s not in you.”

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