When: Sun., Nov. 26, 3 p.m. 2017
One of Mexico's most enduring traditions, pastorelas (shepard’s plays), blend together elements of indigenous Mexican culture and Roman Catholicism. Originally staged by the Spanish missionaries, pastorelas followed the basic structure of morality plays common during Medieval times but were soon injected with the humor and festive attributes found in the arts of the native populations. On Sunday, the Houston-based Spanish-language theater company Happy Medyann will present the pastorela El Wiwicho Sí Existe at the Guadalupe. The plot centers on La Chona, an indigenous woman who learns the “true” meaning of Christmas when Don Herculano recounts for her the struggles of the shepherds who followed the Star of Bethlehem. In this version, the shepherd’s struggles are personified by the evil Trumpcifer who is defeated by St. Michael the Archangel. A contemporary reimagining of the nativity tale, El Wiwicho Sí Existe highlights the plight of today’s immigrants while proving that good always overcomes evil.