Searching for Aztlán in Hermiston, Oregon

Searching for Aztlán

Searching for Aztlán


With the support of the Oregon Arts Commission Arts Build Communities, Teatro Milagro will be bringing to Morrow and Umatilla Counties a bilingual play and theatre workshops to schools for two days in April.  The play, Searching for Aztlán, begins in January 2012 with the Tucson school board’s acceptance of HB 2281, shutting down Mexican American Studies and removing its books from classrooms. A giant dust storm, or “haboob,” strikes the city and leaves Dolores Huelga, a teacher, unemployed and in an alternate reality. Lost in the desert, Dolores sets out on a quest for the mythical city of Aztlán.

Along the way she encounters a quirky High-Spanic, a militant Super-Chicano, and a working class Latina Immigrant – all dispossessed exiles – with whom she joins forces to fight for truth, justice, and the “indigenous way.” A biting and satirical journey, Searching for Aztlán takes the audience on a metaphorical yellow brick road of discovery about what it means to be Chicano in contemporary society.

Performance Time & Tickets

  • April 17, 2015 at Armand Larive Middle School Auditorium.
  • Doors open at 6:30 PM, performance begins at 7:00 PM.
  • No tickets required – donations will be accepted at the door. Suggested donations, $5 per person or $10 family.

For more information:

  • Mary Corp, Desert Arts Council – 541-720-3859
  • Dañel Malan, Teatro Milagro – 503-236-7253

Journey to Aztlan Workshops

For area schools, Milagro “Journeys” workshops use a combination of theatre of the oppressed, commedia and improvisation techniques to engage students in an exploration of self-expression and community building to address current socio-political issues, such as; gender, cultural competence, tolerance and acceptance of otherness.  The actors will be visiting classrooms of Language Arts and Spanish at Riverside High in Boardman on Thursday and English Language and Drama classes at Hermiston High on Friday.

Meet the Cast!

On Wednesday, April 15th, at the SAGE Center in Boardman, join the Milagro cast for an informal potluck dinner and workshop. The fun begins at 5:30, with dinner at 6, and dessert is followed by a Movement & Metaphor workshop from 7 to 8:30.

About Teatro Milagro

The mission of the Milagro, is to provide extraordinary Latino theatre, culture and arts education experiences for the enrichment of all communities. Since its founding in 1985, Milagro has given a primary voice to issues affecting the local and national Latino communities, and has introduced a host of new performers to the local arts and education field.  Teatro Milagro, the company’s education and outreach program, tours Oregon and the nation with original bilingual theatre productions and educational residencies. Current global issues are crafted into cutting edge dramatic plays infused with Latino culture and Spanish language. Since 1989 Teatro Milagro has provided culturally appropriate  arts  education  &  enrichment  programs  that  build  cultural  appreciation and further Latino participation in the arts.

This 2015 OAC ABC Residency is made possible in part with the additional support of the Desert Arts Council, the Hispanic Advisory Committee, La Ley Radio, Autzen Foundation and the Juan Young Trust

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