The Long Road Home

Los Angeles Times journalist Sonia Nazario won a Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for “Enrique’s Journey,” a remarkable piece of reporting for which she traveled with a young Honduran migrant as he made his way to the United States in search of a better life. And that’s just the story behind the story: Nazario’s gripping depiction of life on the road, riding on the tops of trains in cutthroat company, is now the basis of the play Enrique’s Journey, at the Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive. Written by artistic director Anthony Garcia, the soul of Su Teatro, the world-premiere work — which grew over the last year out of Garcia’s workshopping residencies at Silverton’s A Theatre Group and Fort Lewis College in Durango — also features music by Su Teatro stalwart Daniel Valdez.

Garcia says his job was made easier because Nazario wrote a tight piece to begin with. “When I read it, I found it to be a compelling adventure story,” he says. “It is action-packed, about lives lived by passion, survival, pain and love.” His challenge was to find the best way to interpret the strength of the material already laid out in front of him. “You have to do a good job to tell the story of all these people who didn’t make it,” he solemnly notes.

Enrique’s Journey will be presented Thursdays through Saturdays through October 30 (there will be a matinee performance at 3 p.m. on closing day). Sonia Nazario, a visiting professor at Metro State, will appear in person at the October 20 show. To reserve tickets, $17 to $20, visit www.suteatro.org or call 303-296-0219.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 30, 3 p.m. Starts: Oct. 13. Continues through Oct. 30, 2011

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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