By Steven Robert Allen
You'll never view the Bible in the same way again. El Jardín tweaks the bejesus out of the story of Adam and Eve, retelling the ancient Judeo-Christian myth in a way that spoofs everything from the Catholic Church to historic scholarship to colonialism to racism and gender bias. This bilingual play by Carlos Morton also presents a genuine slice of vintage Chicano protest theater as this genre first developed in the late '60s and early '70s.
A new production presented by Teatro Nuevo México and directed by Salomé Martínez Lutz opens this Friday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Veteran actors, playwrights, directors, designers and community activists formed Teatro Nuevo México last year with the goal of cultivating new talent, exploring Latino culture and presenting positive images of Latino people to New Mexico audiences.
El Jardín will continue to run Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through Feb. 22. If your Spanish is a little rusty, don't sweat it. I'm told most of the play will be in English, and I'm sure, smart cookie that you are, you'll be able to figure out the few sparse lines of Spanish from the context. It should be a very good show. Tickets are $15 and $12. To make reservations, or for more information, call 792-5829.
Way back when, easterners developed lots of crazy notions about the American West by devouring dime pulp novels and movies about cowboys, Indians and outlaws. Photography also played a large role in shaping popular ideas about the western half of the country. This Thursday, Feb. 12, at 3:30 p.m. in the UNM History Department's Common Room, Martha Sandweiss, a professor of American Studies and History at Amherst College, will deliver a free lecture based on her book Print the Legend: Photography and the American West delving into the cultural history of photography in the American West. Photo and history buffs would do well to attend. For details, call 277-7688.
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