Teatro Luna will kick off its first Lunada of 2013 with a staged reading of Milta Ortiz's play, "You, Me, & Tuno," the winner of the inaugural Diane Rodriguez Award for the Advancement of Latina Voices. The award furthers Luna's mission to provide development and opportunities for emerging and established Latina voices and pays homage to Rodriguez, the actress who has been a trailblazer for Latino and Chicano American theater.
Ortiz's play is described as "a brave, exuberant new work that investigates environmental inequality through the lens of America's most complicated special interest group: teenagers." The reading is set for May 11 at 2 p.m. at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont. It will be directed by Steppenwolf's associate producer, Jacob Padrón and will feature Teatro Luna ensemble members Kristiana Rae Colón and Abigail Vega, artistic affiliate Elizabeth Nungaray, and guest artists Sipriano Cahue, Jesse David Perez, Angelica Roque, and Norm Woodel. Development of the play continues the company's engagement with young Latino audiences, a journey which began with the 2012 launch of the VeraLuna Young Artist Lab.
In "You, Me & Tuno," the parents of teen sisters Marisol and Luna leave to pick pomegranates in the fields of the Central Valley, California. They are left under the care of their barely present Tia in East Oakland. Desperate for a way out, the girls and their cousin, Tuno, set out on a quest, leaving their food desert barrio for the aisles of elusive "Real Foods" to taste a pomegranate.
A $5.00 donation is suggested, and groups & youth are encouraged to RSVP in advance. Call (773) 819-5862 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.