Portland, May 31st, 2013. On the cusp of their 30th anniversary season, the Miracle Theatre Group (AKA Milagro) hosted over 130 guests at the Scottish Rite Event Center for Gala Milagro: ¡Celebrando Argentina! DJ John Henry Dale, Angela Bolanos and Miracle MainStage Artistic Director Olga Sanchez helped launch the inaugural gala which raised over $50,000.
Emcee Enrique Andrade, a seasoned Milagro actor last seen in Miracle Theatre’s Dia de los muertos production Raiz, enjoys a signature cocktail made possible by Stone Barn Brandy Works, Eastside Distilling, and New Deal Distillery; in the background, Tango Sombra, played festive Argentine tango music.
Milagro actors Juan Antonio Martinez and Siumara Samayoa, both last seen in La Celestina, dance at the end of the evening.
Tango dancers Adam Cornett and Remanda Shang perform for guests during dinner.
Argentine actress Bibiana Lorenzo, who performed the role of La Celestina in Milagro’s La Celestina this past season, and her husband Richard Johnston
Carmen Rubio, Bertha Ferran and Lina Garcia-Seabold socialize during the cocktail hour.
It was a vibrant evening with dance performances, live music, signature cocktails, dinner catered by Crave Catering and a live auction—all with an Argentine flair! The organization’s first ever Gala Milagro was not only a joyous celebration, but also a significant fundraising success raising over $50,000 for Milagro’s coming 30th anniversary season! Gala Milagro: ¡Celebrando Argentina! was sponsored by Gold Sponsors Willakenzie Estate and H.E.L.P. Group Inc., and Silver Sponsor CH2MHill.
The Miracle Theatre Group, founded in 1985, is a Latino arts and culture organization that pursues the highest aesthetic ideals with an unwavering sense of social responsibility, illustrated by a long tradition of innovative programming to meet the needs of diverse artists and audiences. Milagro provides unique and entertaining Latino theatre, arts, culture and educational experiences for all communities.
The mission of Miracle Theatre Group is to provide quality Latino theatre, arts and cultural experiences for the Northwest’s urban and rural communities.
A bilingual Teatro Milagro touring production written by Dañel Malán will take to the stage in January. Malán, Ajai Terrazas-Tripathi, Tricia Castañeda-Gonzáles and Daniel Moreno in the revival of Milagro’s national touring production FRIDA, un retablo, onstage Jan. 10-19, 2013 at the Milagro Theatre. It’s Directed/choreographed by Gabriela Portuguez. The remount — the play’s third time on national tour — is inspired by constant requests from Milagro followers, coupled with rave reviews from the 2007 production.
ABOUT THE PLAY: In Tehuantepec dress with eyebrows taking flight like the wings of a raven, Frida Kahlo is legendary for her numerous affairs, self-portraits and an independence that inspired generations of feminists around the world. From the streetcar accident that left her crippled, to her torrid relationship with muralist Diego Rivera, life and art intertwine in this story of one of Mexico’s most acclaimed visual artists. She was called a surrealist, but Frida said she never painted dreams, only her own reality.
SPECIAL EVENT: In conjunction with the play, Milagro is also pleased to present an art installation created by Susan Espino that explores the life and work of Frida Kahlo. Situated in the Zócalo room adjacent to Milagro’s lobby, the walk-through exhibit will depict vignettes from Kahlos’ home, the “Blue House” in Coyoacán, Mexico. Visitors will have the opportunity to read Frida’s letters and poetry, try on clothing and make-up, and even try their own hand at drawing a self-portrait. The exhibit will also include handmade dolls by Lulu Moon and photography by Sylvia Malán-González and Russell J. Young. The exhibit is free and open to the public one hour prior to each performance, as well as all day between 2 p.m. matinee and 8 p.m. closing performance Saturday, Jan. 19.
Below are dates and more information about this cultural event.
Thursday, Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m., Preview
Friday, Jan. 11, 8 p.m., Opening Night with complimentary reception catered by La Bamba Restaurant
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Matinees: Sunday, Jan. 13 and Saturday Jan. 19 at 2 p.m.
WHERE: Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark Street, Portland, Oregon 97214
ADMISSION: $12 – $24; discounts for students, seniors, groups of 15+ and advance purchases
This production is sponsored by Garcia Seabold Investments, LLC
Miracle Theatre Group’s 2012-2013 season is supported in part by Equity Foundation, Regional Arts & Culture Council and Work for Art, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Collins Foundation, Ronni Lacroute, Oregon Community Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Kinsman Foundation, Shubert Foundation, Juan Young Trust, PGE Foundation, US Bancorp Foundation, KeyBank Foundation, Multnomah County Cultural Coalition, Rose Tucker Charitable Trust, Carpenter Foundation, Jackson Foundation, Hoover Family Foundation, Templeton Foundation, Portland Timbers, El Centinela, and El Hispanic News/PQ Monthly.
ABOUT MIRACLE THEATRE GROUP
For more than 28 years, the Miracle Theatre Group has been dedicated to bringing the vibrancy of Latino theatre to the Northwest community. In addition to its national tours, Miracle provides a home for Spanish and Latin American arts and culture at El Centro Milagro, where it enriches the local community with a variety of community outreach projects and educational programs designed to share the diversity of Latino culture. For more information about the Miracle Theatre Group, visit www.milagro.org or call 503-236-7253.
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