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NVCC Manassas’s Office of Student Life presents Judge Torres
September 25, 2019 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
NVCC Manassas’s Office of Student Life presents
Written by Milta Ortiz
Wed, Sept 25 1 pm @ Colgan Hall
Contact: Marcie Schreibman
Based on the true story of Multnomah County Circuit Judge Xiomara Torres, Judge Torres is a story of magic and Mayan folktales, of loss and abuse, and ultimately, of triumph against all odds. In 1980, 9 year old Xiomara Torres and her family are led across a river by a “coyote”, or smuggler, as they make their way to their new life in America. It’s in this river that she meets La Siguanaba, a mythical being from Salvadoran legends who chooses to guide her, providing her strength and wisdom as she makes her way down a difficult path. As she grows up an undocumented immigrant in America, she’s exposed to a whole new culture that isn’t too fond of people like her, and gets placed in foster care, separating her from her siblings at a young age. Though her challenges threaten to overwhelm her at every turn, it’s her will and faith in herself that allow audiences to believe in her boundless inner strength and celebrate her in this imaginative tribute to the resilience of immigrants.
Though Xiomara came of age nearly 30 years ago, her story and struggles are more relevant than every today. With the “#MeToo” movement and immigration reform being debated on the national stage, Judge Torres gives students and educators a way to address and discuss these sophisticated issues in an inventive, safe space. Judge Torres is paired with Teatro Milagro’s UNIDAD workshops that use theatre to address bullying, harassment, and student isolation by focusing on themes of identity, stereotypes, and community support.
About the Playwright:
Like Xiomara, Milta Ortiz left El Salvador at an early age and grew up in the Bay Area. Currently she lives in Tucson, AZ, where she is the Associate Artistic Director at Borderlands Theater. As an NNPN playwright, she wrote and developed Más, which premiered at Borderlands Theater and was then nominated for an American Theatre Critics/Steinberg New Play Award and Citations, and a Tucson Mac award for best drama. Her other works include Sanctuary, A Tucson Pastorela, Disengaged, You, Me and Tuno and Lilac Roses.