- Created: Monday, 23 April 2018 09:52
Coos Bay, OR – Southwestern’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is proud to partner with Portland’s Teatro Milagro to bring the bilingual (Spanish) play Bi- to the Hales Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, May 23 at 7:00 pm, Southwestern’s Coos campus, 1988 Newmark Ave., Coos Bay. The performance is free of charge. This event is being co-sponsored by Associated Student Government, Trio Student Support Services, and the Office of International Students and Programs at Southwestern Oregon Community College.
Bi- (be) is about embracing the complexity of the greatest bipedal organism: the human. Inspired by Edwin Abbott’s novel Flatland, Bi– will break open the boxes of selective classification and raise the question: “What is your ‘bi-dentity?”
Set in the year 2089, the characters of the fictitious Tierra Plana inhabit a place where everything is determined by a pre-recognition of their individual categories. Four friends, Fig, Noir, Isa and Hex, are preparing for the day they receive their identity bracelets. Nervous about not fitting in, they escape to the desert and discover the mystery of the past hidden in boxes from the U.S. census’ bureau; boxes filled with the stories of people from across the binary. With the help of a two-spirit guide, they realize that it is possible to break down the boxes of classification, so that they can just be.
“The actors play a variety of roles and movement/dance is a large part of that expression, which is very well choreographed by Portuguez. Escobar has chosen a very eclectic and talented cast to mold her vision around.” – Dennis Sparks
“Charles gives a breakout performance as the sassy and subversive Noir and Tripathi does a fine job as the anxious Fig. The strength of the show is its sincerity. In a time of walls going up in our country, it asks us look past them and see the beauty of in-between.” – Oregon Arts Watch
The 2018 world premiere of Bi– is devised and directed by Georgina Escobar, and developed with Dañel Malán and Ajai Terrazas Tripathi through a collection of personal interviews, and choreographed by Gabriela Portuguez. Teatro Milagro’s new touring actors, Justin Charles, Kenyon Acton and Sierra Brambila round out the creative ensemble.
The 2018 National tour of BI– is funded in part with support from the Juan Young Trust, EC Brown Foundation, Bloomfield Family Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation, Templeton Foundation, Autzen Foundation, Carpenter Foundation and The Ventura Group Inc.