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El Corrido de Jorge

February 1st, 2018

The National Hispanic Cultural Center partners with Wize Latina Productions as the NHCC’s 2017-2018 Siembra: Latino Theatre Season continues with El Corrido de Jorge, directed by Magdelene Gallegos and written by playwright Patricia Crespín. The show opens on Thursday, February 1, running for two weekends in the Wells Fargo Auditorium with performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. Tickets are $18 with a $2 discount for students and seniors and a $3 discount for NHCC members Friday through Saturday, and $10 for the Thursday shows only, and are available from the NHCC Box Office, at (505) 724-4771, or at www.nhccnm.org.

George, the protagonist of El Corrido de Jorge, has big dreams of being a singer. He even writes his own songs. But when his father doesn’t return from a working trip to Mexico, George is forced to put his dreams on hold and help his mother take care of the ranch and raise his younger siblings. When his mother dies from malnutrition, George makes a pact with himself to find his father, whom he is convinced abandoned them, and kill him. He arrives in Mexico, and with the help of a cranky bartender and a determined young Mexican woman, tracks down his father and quickly discovers that some things really are better left alone.

Patricia Crespín, a writer, actor, director, and producer, holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dramatic Writing from the University of New Mexico. A native of northern New Mexico, she founded Wize Latina Productions to produce theatre and film works that speak to and for the Latino community, using bold and innovative techniques. Her award-winning work The Medea Complex was presented at the NHCC in 2011; a later work, The Sad Room, was part of the Center’s Siembra: Latino Theatre Season in 2015. She describes the script of El Corrido de Jorge as the song, or corrido, that the title implies—embedded in old Mexican folk tales, with music playing a central role. Crespín’s hope is to become a voice for the people of New Mexico, where, as she says, “the culture is rich, the people are beautiful, the land is breathtaking, and the language is its own entity.”

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts, and humanities, and is a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. 

If you would like more information, contact Kinsey Cooper, marketing and public relations office, NHCC, at 505-377-8968 or kinsey.cooper@state.nm.us.

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