Technology has made it relatively easy to experience film and music created throughout the world. But live theater is not nearly as accessible. It might be that all the world’s a stage, but, without regular travel to New York, Edinburgh, Bogotá and Tokyo, residents of San Antonio see few of the world’s stages.
In previous years, AtticRep has offered a partial remedy to theatrical provincialism by importing troupes from Austria, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Switzerland. This year, AtticRep’s third International Fest of Theatre organized productions from India, the United States and Mexico.
The politically charged issue of immigration figures prominently in Through the Wall: A Traves del Muro
, scheduled for June 16, 17 and 18. Playwright Regina Moya, who grew up in Mexico City and lives in San Antonio, began by interviewing Mexican immigrants who crossed the border illegally. She translated transcripts of their stories into English and shaped them into dramatic form. “I am an immigrant myself,” notes AtticRep artistic director Roberto Prestigiacomo, who directs Through the Wall
and feels especially troubled by how immigrants are maligned and criminalized. “They follow the archetypal journey of the hero,” he contends. “When they come here, they do all they can to respect the laws and contribute to the country.”
The set for Through the Wall
was designed by renowned Mexican artist Betsabeé Romero. In coordination with the theater festival, the Instituto Cultural de México will, from June 15-August 27, host the exhibition “El Vuelo y Su Semilla,” a set of installation pieces by Romero that reflect on the objects that immigrants carry with them during their treacherous journeys across the border.
$23-$28, 8pm Fri, Jun. 16 & Sat, Jun. 17, 2:30pm Sun, Jun. 18, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater, 100 Auditorium Circle, (210) 999-8524, atticrep.org.