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Cartas desde el Muro - Letters from The WallJanuary 26-28, 2018
Coronado Performing Arts Center Main Stage Theatre(map)
On January 26-28 and February 2-4 Bayfront Charter High School and Coronado School of Arts come together to perform Letters From the Wall (Cartas desde el Muro), a series of vignettes based on letters and stories of people dealing with immigration, deportation and separation. Each “letter” is woven together from the true stories, letters, emails and even bedtime stories that local playwright Dave Rivas and Richard Griswold del Castillo have collected over the years. Co-directed by award-winning San Diego theater artists Kim Strassburger and Linda Libby, students from both high schools will collaborate to present this deeply empathetic human tale that is timely and relevant.
The contentious headlines and inflammatory language that dominate both sides of the debate often lose sight of the individuals at the heart of the issue. While the politics of immigration policy in the US may be divisive, the conversation takes on a different tone when the focus is on individual people and families —each with their own experience of crossing, or trying to cross, the border.
“Empathy begins with the recognition that everyone has a story—and these stories highlight how complex the problem—and the considered solutions—have become,” says Strassburger.
When: First weekend at Coronado High School Theater
GET TICKETS HERE:
Friday, January 26 at 7pm
Saturday, January 27 at 7pm
Sunday, January 28 at 2pm
Coronado High School:
650 D Ave.
Second weekend at Bayfront Charter High School Theater
Friday, February 2 at 7pm
Saturday, February 3 at 7pm
Sunday February 4 at 2pm
Bayfront Charter High School:
830 Bay Blvd.
Chula Vista, CA 91911
Admission: General Admission
Students with I.D.
About Bayfront Charter High - http://bayfrontcharter.com
About Coronado School of the Arts - cosasandiego.com
About the Creative Team:
Dave Rivas - Playwright/Author; Letters from the Wall
Dave Rivas is a native San Diegan. He is an actor, voice over recording artist, writer, director
and producer. Dave has performed on stage, on microphone and on camera for over 20 years.
He is a core producer of Amigos del REP, a Latino based theatre group that promotes Latino
plays, playwrights and artists of every kind at San Diego REPertory Theatre. He is also a former
board member of Teatro Máscara Mágica, which also brings Latino works to the stage. Dave
has helped many local artists develop their talents and careers, as well as helping theatrical and
artistic groups in San Diego thrive and evolve. Dave is the founder and operator of DaveyBoy
Productions, a voice over-actors workshop and recording studio. He designs sound for theatrical
and commercial production. Dave is the co-producer, vocal, sound and technical director of
radio drama-podcast, Rex Rivetter Private Eye, in association with Downstairs Entertainment.
He also produces and co-hosts the Border Angels podcast, Bad Hombre . Dave also works as a
fire and paramedic 911 operator for San Diego Fire & Rescue Department. It is through Dave’s
work with Teatro Máscara Mágica that he met Border Angels founder, Enrique Morones. The
company produced the play Detained in the Desert by Josefina Lopez which is based on the
work of the San Diego based humanitarian, social justice group. He continues to serve the
community as a volunteer and board member with Border Angels to raise awareness about
immigration and United States/Mexico border issues. Letters from the Wall was written as a
result from working with Border Angels, based on the true stories of those affected by
immigration, deportation, separation and loss. Dave continues to develop more stories for
Letters and perform the play at various venues, schools and functions throughout southern
Kim Strassburger - Co-Director
Kim is an award-winning director: 8 Songs for a Mad King ("Best of Festival" 2017 San Diego
International Fringe Festival) Gutenberg! The Musical (Backyard Productions); Sunday in the
Park with George (2017 San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award- Outstanding Direction of a
Musical), Passion (Nomination-San Diego Theatre Critics Circle-Outstanding Direction of a
Musical), Master Class, Grey Gardens, Gypsy! (Nomination-San Diego Theatre Critics
Circle-Outstanding Direction of a Musical). Kim also won the 2017 San Diego Theatre Critics
Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress for The Normal Heart (Ion Theatre). Kim has
worked with Sledgehammer Theatre (Associate Artist) and Cygnet Theatre among other San
Diego theatres. She was the recipient of a 2013 National Artist Teacher Fellowship that funded
her study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). In 2014, Kim also
became a member of Lincoln Center Theater's Directors Lab. Kim also teaches acting at
Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) and has directed CoSA’s productions of Peter and the
Starcatcher , A Piece of My Heart, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), The
Grapes of Wrath, Metamorphoses and The Laramie Project , receiving Bravissimo Awards in
2010 and 2011 from the San Diego Educational Theatre Association.
Linda Libby - Co-Director
Linda is best known for her work onstage, including recent productions such as Guys & Dolls
(Old Globe), Cabaret (Ion) and An Illiad (New Village Arts). She is a founding company member
of Ion Theater, Resident Artist at Cygnet, and Associate Artist at Lambs Players. In 2013 she
was the first woman awarded Actor of the Year by the San Diego Critics Circle. As an educator,
Linda was awarded an Eminence Credential for advancing her field “beyond the norm”- the 27th
such credential issued since 1989. Professional directing credits include Edgar & Anabel/Far
Away and Chicago: A Speakeasy Cabaret for Ion Theatre, touring productions for Travelling
Lantern Theater Company, and Bad Brad for Lambs Players. She also wrote original music for
Ion Theatre’s Sea Of Souls which debuted Off-Broadway. Linda is a founding faculty member of
Bayfront Charter High School.
CARTAS DESDE EL MURO COMPANY from CoSA/CHS
Tech Crew for Cartas desde el Muro
Madison Arlt, Massiel Rivera, Tamia Manosalvas-Cordova, Cassandra Junkin,
Sasha Hofisi, Sophia Ogot, Robert Logan, Nicole Green, Ronnie Limbacher,
Katie McLendon, Hannah Elliott