Upcoming Reading: Passport

Join us for eSe Teatro’s bilingual (Spanish/English) staged reading of Passport, an absurdist play about immigration, full of politics and humor. Written by Gustavo Ott and translated by Heather L. McKay. Sponsored by Burien Little Theatre. The staged reading will be Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m.

Audiences do not have to be fluent in both languages to enjoy and understand.They will experience an innovative staged reading where Spanish and English are expertly woven together by bilingual actors, challenging the audience to comprehend beyond language. Without need for subtitles or written translations, witnesses are plunged into the world of body language, gestures and the intense desire to understand.

Originally written in Spanish with an English title, Passport tells the story of loss of one’s identity and the subsequent misunderstandings nascent between people who do not share the same language.

In Passport, Eugene wakes up from his nap during his train journey, and finds himself in a country where they speak a language he cannot understand. An initial attempt to ask for directions becomes days of torture and imprisonment and, ultimately, Eugene’s desperate journey to comprehend beyond language and cultural barriers.

Passport is bound to provoke your brain. Admission is $5 and includes a post-reading panel on immigration hosted by Latinos for Community Transformation. Suitable for ages 13 and older. ESe Teatro will also present Passport Saturday, February 26 7:30pm pm at A Contemporary Theater (ACT) Admission is $5.00. 7th Ave & Union St in Downtown Seattle.

eSe Teatro is a collective of professionally trained and highly experienced Latino theater professionals based in Seattle. ESe’s mission is to empower Latino theater artists to create, promote, present, produce and generate bilingual, Spanish, and Spanglish-speaking theater. Within eSe’s first year, the company received funding from 4Culture to present a series of four staged readings in different neighborhoods in Seattle. ESe partnered with Rainier Valley Cultural Center and Consejo Counseling to present their first reading: Volver, Volver, Volver, by Leonard Madrid, in November 2010. Passport is the second in this series. Stay tuned for future projects at http://eseteatro.wordpress.com!

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1 Response to Upcoming Reading: Passport

  1. George "Boomer" Counts says:

    This looks like a very intriguing show. I don’t know much Spanish; but I’m always interested in examinations of culture, language and identity.

    I think its great that BLT is sponsoring this ensemble, making their efforts visible to an larger audience (like me) that might not otherwise be aware of such works. I look forward to seeing the show.

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