One Journey: Stitching Stories Across the Mexican "American" Border is a woman's coming of age story on the United States/Mexico border cities of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. |
This documentary one-woman theater play weaves personal border interviews and creative imagination to convey the generational and cultural differences between a mother and her daughter who are raised on opposite sides of the border.
This play is a multi-character theater piece that incorporates comedy, poetry, movement, dance, music, and multimedia projections to convey El Paso/Juarez border life and culture. Using minimal props, and video background as part of the setting, Yadira creates the border on which characters negotiate their identities from one nation to another. The play is approximately one hour long and includes ten characters, all which serve to represent different perspectives regarding border dynamics.
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"One Journey masterfully translates the rich and complex stories of people living between nations. Yadira De La Riva's performance made me laugh, made me angry, and most importantly gave me an intimate look into very important human experience. I highly recommend everyone see it at least once." Rolando Brown
"Although thousands of miles away from the U.S./Mexico border, her work is a story of our humanity. It calls for us to see each other as ourselves, striving to survive and provide for our families." Monica Amaro - Fronteriza Educator/Organizer from El Paso, Texas based in New York City.
"Besides the relevance and power of her work, what struck me most about Yadira's performance was her level of commitment to the craft. She is clearly hungry. Her drive to take her work to its highest potential is palpable." Rosa Esperanza Gonzalez Education Director, Artist, Facilitator in Oakland California
"Yadira De La Riva's self-written and produced show of "One Journey" is a very heart touching story that takes you on a realistic journey through her personal experiences. Through her movement and poetry, she will capture your attention and engage your mind. "
-Don Williams, Artistic Director of Cultural Arts and Diversity, UCSC
"The piece is striking, full of heart and gut wrenching. The students were astonished at her ability to authentically portray such a wide range of characters. The story resonated with so many people in the room on such a personal level." Michelle Lopez-Rios - Theater Director and Professor at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
"It was an honor inviting UCSC alumna Yadira de la Riva's play, ONE JOURNEY: Stitching Stories Across the Mexican American Border, to perform at one of her former campus'. Her performance reminded me of my own upbringing, where I was raised in the San Diego/ Tijuana border region. It is crucial for the public to be exposed of the interactions and exchanges that occur when two separate nations are so closely together. Yadira beautifully narrates her personal experiences and creates imperative dialogue with the audience, which helps share thoughts and change." Katie Ventura Actor/Educator and Alum of UCSC/Rainbow Theater
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (View)
600 River Street
Austin, TX 78701
|Minimum Age: 12|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|