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Playwright and actor Raquel Almazan performs excerpts from CAFE and LA NEGRA, part of her "Latin is America" play cycle, followed by a Q & A with the audience:
"CAFE": What is the real price of coffee? From the lens of a mystical Mayan Teller, we follow the Maquin family from the ancient world to the present as they struggle to maintain their coffee farm. Set on the mystical Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, generations of the Maquin women dare to stay with the earth; fighting to secure a future as the Mayan calendar ends and a new world begins.
"LA NEGRA": As the Day of the Dead approaches, Drug Cartel Queen LA NEGRA takes a ritualistic journey from child prostitute to Patron Saint of Mexican outcasts- Santa Muerte. Siete, her top drug pusher lover, a Gringo tourist painter, and hundreds of street children inhabit her world towards light and peace. The citizens of Tijuana, police officers and skull figures of the night force her to face her relentless darkness. These light and dark symbolic forces within her battle for the future of Mexico itself.
Alamazan's work explores cultural identity, gender inequality and sexual violence, and the rights of indigenous peoples.
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