"Our production of The Westside Oratorio is appropriate and timely," says development director Tanya Mote of Su Teatros latest show. "But it's the story that Su Teatro is always telling in different ways. The history of Chicanos in the Americas is a history of tenacity and resilience. We believe that our community deserves a space at the table, and we will continue to do our part to make that space available."
Only now, the Chicano theater group has a better space than ever. On November 24, after years of raising funds to build a new facility in the Westside neighborhood, the City of Denver granted the company a lease on the Denver Civic Theatre, at 721 Santa Fe Drive. But before the move is made, Su Teatro will stage The Westside Oratorio at the King Center on the Auraria campus. The musical focuses on the Mexican-American community displaced by Auraria's construction in the early 70s an even more resonant theme now that Su Teatro is returning to the neighborhood that birthed it in 1971.
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The Westside is home, and our return is symbolic, but it will also have a direct, immediate impact on the community, Mote says. This is an exciting time in Su Teatro and Denver's history. We have a unique opportunity to propel the ever-growing and changing cultural life of the city forward and to contribute to a dynamic environment."
The Westside Oratorio opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the King Center, 855 Lawrence Way, and runs through December 20. Admission to the all-ages performance is $15, with discounts for groups, students and seniors. For tickets and a full schedule, call 303-296-0219 or visit www.suteatro.org.
Sat., Dec. 12, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 13, 3 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 19, 3 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 20, 3 p.m., 2009