For a play that peaks with a rape and double murder, El Centro Su Teatro's Little Hands Hold the Wind is a surprisingly gentle story.
In their second collaboration in two years, playwright Anthony J. Garcia and director Laura Cuetara breathe new life into a play originally commissioned as a one-woman show. "My impression of the story is that it's about hearing the voices that go unheard," says Cuetara. "From the joy of celebration to a scream of anguish -- the Wind carries these voices to whoever's willing to listen. Yes, there is a gentleness here, but it also has a real edge."
Based loosely on past events in a small Texas town, Little Hands is a celebration of voice -- particularly those of El Viento (the Wind) and the human storyteller, Tio Lupe, to whom she shares a close kinship. In a community gripped in fear and anger, only one young girl can hear the voices (including her long-lost father's) silenced by violence and political racketeering.
Little Hands speaks to the power of storytelling to either obscure or reveal. According to Garcia, women drive the action of the play, while the men, unwittingly perhaps, have been relegated the roles of observers. "Which shouldn't come as any surprise," Garica says. "Women have been saving us for centuries."
Little Hands Hold the Wind opens tonight at El Centro Su Teatro, 4725 High Street, and runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:05 p.m. through May 3. For tickets and information, call El Centro Su Teatro at 303-296-0219 or visit www.suteatro.org.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8:05 p.m. Starts: April 24. Continues through May 3, 2008