The play “A Zapoteco immigrant story of one, a reality of all,” about the life experiences of people from San Juan Coatecas in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico and their decisions to migrate to the United States, will be presented Sunday afternoon at Madera Courthouse Park in Madera.
The presentation is part of a yearly culture and art series by the Pan Valley Institute, an immigrant education center in Fresno. The institute offers fellowships to grassroots leaders around the Valley to help spread their cultures beyond their own communities.
Brenda Ordaz’s play centers on a young man named Felipe, who is forced to leave his hometown, his wife and two children with the promise of returning or sending for them to reunite.
Late last year, Ordaz helped organize Madera’s first annual guelaguetza, a celebration of indigenous Oaxacan dance.
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Ordaz’ play was inspired by the stories of many Zapotecos living in Madera. She hopes the story will shed light on the reasons why immigrants come to the U.S. and the struggles they face. She also hopes to spur a conversation about how the Zapoteco community can integrate into American society without losing their traditions.
The play is scheduled from 5-7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. For more information, call (559) 222-7678 or (559) 517-5356.