Note: Tonight, Thursday, October 17, at 7 p.m., is a pay-what-you-can performance of Bless Me, Ultima. Donations will be accepted at the door. See the end of this post for location details.
Aby Rouhi Photography From left: Ernesto Ortiz; Ryan Michael Bernardino; Dulce Juarez, M.Ed.; and (lying down) Greta Skelly, in Bless Me, Ultima
The setup: This week, Curtains reviews a stage version of a famous, popular, critically acclaimed 1972 novel that . . . uh, I haven't read. The good news is that I now know about groundbreaking Chicano author Rudolfo Anaya and have a terrific list of 10 or so books to catch up on.
Anaya adapted his first novel, Bless Me, Ultima, for the stage himself, so at least we can be confident that the play's content is true to his intentions. It was also released as a film earlier this year, if you need even more immersion.More »