“Maya Malán-Gonzalez’s new work about the importance of familia in good times and bad is onstage at Southeast Portland’s Milagro as part of a rolling world premiere from the National New Play Network. In the genre of works inspired by Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” “A Xmas Cuento Remix,” which Milagro commissioned, deserves a prime spot on the “nice” list.”
Read the full review from Oregon Live here.
Portland Monthly also listed A Xmas Cuento Remix in the 12 Things to See and Do this December in Portland.
A modern-day, Latinx take on Dickens' classic Christmas Carol, this new adaptation provides a fresh perspective on time-honored holiday traditions. Combining strong female leads, modern music, and holiday cheer, join us for a new Christmas cuento for today!
Anita Chapa has lost her job on Christmas Eve and with her family about to lose their house she must seek out help from her estranged Tia Dolores. Dolores Avara won’t be getting any sleep this Xmas Eve as she’ll be visited by some edgy carolers who will work to change this Scrooge from bad to good, reminding her of the importance of family and traditions.
Runtime 1 hr and 33 minutes with a 10-minute Intermission.
Maya Malán-González is a multidisciplinary artist focused on performing, ensemble collaboration, and writing original content. She’s a lifelong member of Milagro having performed in innumerable productions including Lydia, Oya: Call The Storm, and FRIDA: un retablo. Maya has also served as the assistant Director for Cuéntame Coyote and El Último. In addition, Maya is an ensemble member with Teatro Luna, where she recently premiered The Times and is also a company member with Cara Mia Theatre, where she was last seen in Deferred Action and De Troya. Maya has performed with San Diego Rep, El Teatro Campesino, Teatro Vision and Northwest Children’s Theatre among others. She has performed at The Edinburg Fringe Festival (Edinburg), Fury Factory Festival (San Francisco), One Theatre World (Chicago), Carnaval of New Work (Chicago), and The Encuentro De Las Americas (Los Angeles). Maya received her B.F.A in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University.
As a stage director, culture-producer, disrupter for social justice, and a digital media creator, Meda generates original works through collective/ensemble practice that is engaged both in person and virtually with artists and changemakers across the globe. As a devised theatre maker she nurtures female-driven spaces that center WOC in rich collaborations between the community, performers, scholars, designers, thinkers, and artists. She is the Artistic Director for Teatro Luna + Teatro Luna West, a national Latinx/WOC collective that tours internationally with ensembles founded in 2000 in Chicago and 2014 in Los Angeles. This spring she directed and co-produced an Audible Original called Talking While Female & Other Dangerous Acts, featuring 25 short solo plays with original music with a forthcoming podcast of the same title. Currently, she is finishing development on The Times, the third play in Teatro Luna’s trilogy on themes of violence against Women which goes on tour in 2020 through the support of a National Touring & Development grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts. The trilogy begins with Generation Sex which world premiered in Los Angeles 2015, Lovesick, workshopped in 2017 at the DESTINOS International Latino Theatre Festival in Chicago, and culminates with The Times which is a production with an accompanying museum exhibit documenting the last decade of violence against women of color through our lens. She has a forthcoming book project on the relationship between collaboration, failure, and innovation with Dr. Liza Ann Acosta, contributes to the National Cultural Navigations Project, is a steering committee member of The Jubilee and the Latinx Theatre Commons- both National movements for equity and parity in Theatre, and runs the Latinx Theatre Alliance Los Angeles playwrights circle with Luis Alfaro. Since 2017 you can find her facilitating Creative Renewal, Collaborative Leadership, and Leading Change retreats, workshops, and training in her favorite cities around the world.
The National New Play Network’s flagship initiative, the Rolling World Premiere (RWP) program, is shifting the new play paradigm of the one-and-one premiere to a diversified, traveling, multi-production premiere. The RWP program models a process for developing and producing new plays — one that results in stronger work overall and the momentum needed for a play to join the repertoire of frequently produced New American Works.
Each RWP supports three or more theaters that choose to mount the same new play within a 12-month period, allowing the playwright to develop a new work with multiple creative teams in multiple communities. The playwright is part of the process, working on the script and making adjustments based on what is learned from each production.
NNPN has contracted 80 RWPs in its 20 year history, with Milagro’s participation in five: Guapa by Caridad Svich, Into the Beautiful North by Karen Zacarias, The Mermaid Hour by David Valdes Greenwood, Jump by Charly Evon Simpson (co-production with Confrontation Theatre), and Wolf at the Door by Marisela Treviño Orta.