They were strong women, a key group in the economic development of their time -- and a force to be reckoned with!
Join Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance for our 17th original musical that brings history to life through community theater -- featuring acting, live music, and dance. Written by Tekina-eirú Maynard, Las Lavanderas is our newest play based in history that celebrates unsung heroes!
Las Lavanderas is a bilingual play based in history that takes place in a time of great urban upheaval in the San Juan of the mid-19th century. During this epoch in history, there was a large push by the elite to displace the poor, working class to live outside the walled city of San Juan, so that it could be a symbol of Spanish modernity and respectability for the rest of the island.
The play pays tribute to the Lavanderas (laundresses) - an organized group of courageous women who were not afraid to stand up to the patriarchal colonial government for their rights to better living and working conditions. Many thanks to Aixa Merino Falú, Zulmarie Alverio, Jesus Reyes, and Nelie Lebron, for sharing oral history and research!!
Las Lavanderas will debut on December 14 & 15, 2019 at the Carver Theatre at the George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina St, Austin, TX 78702.
TICKETS ON SALE:
- Adult tickets are $15.00 in advance ($20.00 day of show).
- Child tickets (ages 3-12) are $5.00.
- Lap children 2 and under are free.
Shack Caribbean Seafood & Grill, and Annual Puerto Rican Heritage Festival (Harker Heights).
Sembrando Herencia 2019 is made possible in part with grants from Humanities Texas, state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Austin Parks & Recreation, Museums & Cultural Programs who are committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided by calling (512) 974-3914 or Relay Texas 7-1-1.
Sunday's performance will feature sign language interpreters, thanks to the support of the City of Austin!
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