eSe memeber Lonnie Tristan Renteria, wrote and directed an original play entitled En tu memoria made possible through a generous grant from the Latino Community Fund. The play, a dramatic comedy, addresses various themes facing local latino communities the likes of education, bilingualism, homophobia, machismo, assimilation and a desire to maintain heritage on our own terms.
Renteria has suggested that the play took on a life of its own. Twenty minutes was not enough to convey the depth of each character, their choices and the stakes that represent ideas that the latino community continues to explore. Inspired by French-Canadian dramaturgical practices, the writing of the play’s revisions became a collective endeavor, making of En tu memoria a product of collective voices and cooperation. Renteria has expressed a desire to flesh out the play to a full length script.
The play cast: Erwin Galan as Emilio; Meg Savlov as Telma; Maristela Diaz as Carmela; Nilki Benitez as Tania; Rubi Romero as Mrs. Ramirez; and Lonnie Tristan Renteria as Alberto Moralez.
eSe is very grateful to Latino Community Fund for its interest and support!
Photo Courtesy of Latino Community Fund.