The Sins of Sor Juana by Karen Zacarías
Directed by Marcela Lorca
Ten Thousand Things closes its 2018–19 season with the company’s first-ever production of The Sins of Sor Juana, by Latina playwright Karen Zacarías. The romantic and humorous play was inspired by the true story of famed writer Juana Inés de la Cruz, a woman of great resilience who was determined to break the conventions of 17th century Mexico.
Marcela Lorca directs the show, which tours May 3–June 9 to prisons, shelters, low-income centers, and locations in Bigfork (May 8 – 2 p.m. Bigfork Valley Villa & 7 p.m. Bigfork City Hall), Northfield, and Virginia (MN) before playing to paid public audiences at Open Book (1011 Washington Ave S, Minneapolis).
The cast features Pedro Bayón, Sun Mee Chomet, Ryan Colbert, George Keller, Jason Rojas, Thallis Santesteban and Ava Saunders. Sound and music are by Robert Everest, costumes by Sarah Bahr, sets by Cate Whittemore, and props by Abbee Warmboe.
“I chose this poetic play because it so brilliantly celebrates the resilience and drive of the human spirit,” says Lorca. “Sor Juana fought for a woman’s right to education at a time when this idea was considered absurd. The play also brings to life the rich complexity of Mexico. At a time when the rhetoric about our neighboring country is often dismissive, it is tremendously valuable to remember both the beauty of its culture and our common humanity.”
The 2 p.m. afternoon performance at Bigfork Valley Villa for Villa tenants and LTC residents is free.
Tickets for the May 8, 7 p.m. public performance at Bigfork City Hall (200 Main Ave, Bigfork) are available at the door: $5 for adults, free admission for students. (The performance is best for ages 14 and up.)
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Ten Thousand Things bring lively, intelligent, professional theater to people with little access to the wealth of the arts—who in turn help our artists and traditional audiences re-imagine what theater can be. Theater-goers experience the immediacy and vibrancy of theater through a performance in which there is no stage and the finest actors perform in the middle of the audience, inches away from patrons with minimal sets and costumes.