Returning to the Teatro Visión stage for the first time in three years, Macario is the classic story adapted by Evelina Fernández and Teatro Visión from B. Traven’s novel and film, of a poor woodcutter who dreams of living a day without hunger. When his wife makes his dream come true, he is given a healing power that could change his family and his community’s lives forever.
Since early August, five days a week, a group of artists of all ages has gathered at the School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza to rehearse Macario, a Día de los Muertos musical produced by San José’s own Chicano theater company, Teatro Visión. Macario stars Teatro Visión veterans and new community members alike, and is presented in Spanish with supertitles in both English and Spanish.
Teatro Visión Artistic Director Rodrigo García explains the significance of Macario’s return this year: “In the sixth year of this captivating theatre production, we have returning artists as well as new, and we have our community coming back to enjoy the show, assured that they will enjoy a fresh, re-imagined production.
“Macario is more than just a play, it is a celebration of a cultural tradition that reminds us that Death is not about absence or lacking; on the contrary it is about presence. La Muerte se aparece, walks around and observes the altar, perceives, smells, tastes, listens. Death is not a stranger but a live presence that at times can be our more faithful friend.”
You can see Macario live and in-person October 13-23 at the Mexican Heritage Plaza Theater and on demand November 1-30. Tickets are $10 to $40, on sale now at www.teatrovision.org/macario or (408) 294-6621. Macario is directed by Rodrigo García and features music by Russell Rodríguez and original choreography by Samuel Cortez.