PHARR - Eleven local actors have been in rehearsals for the last five weeks preparing the play, El Color de Nuestra Piel, to be presented entirely in Spanish, under the direction of Lucía Macias. Performances will be held from July 28 to Aug. 7.
The story encompasses a wealthy patriarch, Don Ricardo, a prominent businessman and retired general, of 20 years, from Mexico’s revolutionary federal forces. Don Ricardo is blinded by his belief that people of lighter skin color, in his country, are superior to those with darker skin. In his own family two of his three children are discriminated by him as they have darker skin then his youngest son. "This tragic story will keep you attentive in your seat," said producer Pedro Garcia.
Theater teacher and director, Lucía Macias sets the play in the 1950's in Mexico City.
"It's such a current work, especially with what’s happening at the time in the United States and in politics,” Macias said. “One of the issues is that everyone seems to be against each other without reason, without seeing the humanity in everyone. With this story we realize that Don Ricardo has instilled in his children contempt for darker skin color, contempt for racial mixing, and contempt for those who are not highborn.”
Forty-nine-year-old actor, Cuatemoc Espinoza, from Mission, TX has been performing theater for seven years. This time he will play the huge role of Don Ricardo. “He’s a complex, scarred for life character. I have to know how to manage his feelings, his expression, his stature, his body. Earlier in his life he was a humble man but with time and with the development of his thoughts, he has assumed an air of aristocracy, and that’s when he renounces his cultural roots, “said Espinoza with regards to performing the part.
This intense dramatic play opens July 28 through August 7, Thursdays through Saturday’s at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm. at the Elva & Keith Michal’s Performing Arts Center, 213 W Newcombe Ave. Tickets are only $7 and $6. Purchase them at the theater starting one hour before showtime or in advance at: elcolor.bpt.me (Seating is limited to 50 people per show, where every seat is a good one and the show is rated equivalent to a PG film)
For more details please call 956-600-9463