Holidays are always special at Su Teatro and this year will be no exception. Joaquin’s Christmas, an old favorite, returns to the stage. This family classic is set in Pueblo, Colorado in 1955 and features 7-year-old Joaquin, enduring tough times with his Papa out on strike against evil Mr. Van Rich-n-Wealthy. Can a cigar-smoking, talking dog named Angel and a magical Abuela (Grandmother) make this a very Merry Christmas?
Joaquin’s Christmas first performed in 1975
Written and directed by Anthony J. Garcia, Joaquin’s Christmas was conceived after a request from a pastor/director from the Denver Inner City Parish for a children’s Christmas play. Garcia’s understanding of the community and his own childhood, were the inspirations for a play that bucked the traditional and commercialized version of the holiday season. Complete with a magical grandmother, talking dog, evil influences, and a loving mom and dad, Joaquin’s Christmas is the perfect anecdote to the commercialization that families face. What matters, in the end, is the family and friends that love you.
Joaquin’s Christmas began as a agit-prop theatrical production that was written to show the difficulties experienced by working-class families trying to make ends meet during the holidays while rich corporations and their owners feasted on food and drink. Two mimes told the story using a hand-made story-board. The play became an annual event with all the characters coming to life on stage. Music and special effects were added to create a heartwarming, funny, and irreverent holiday production. Joaquin’s Christmas, is the kind of holiday outing for the family that will provide plenty of opportunity to talk about the true meaning of Christmas and the holidays.
Su Teatro holiday Traditions
The holidays spent at Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Arts Center are always special with music, treats, and a holiday market set up just for our audiences. Located along the delightful Santa Fe Arts District, Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center becomes the warm, inviting, and home-like atmosphere we yearn for during the holidays. Come spend time during the holidays with Su Teatro and the characters of Joaquin’s Christmas.
Joaquin’s Christmas runs December 1 – 18 at Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Arts Center, 721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver CO. Curtain for evening performances is at 7:30 pm with Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. Ticket prices vary with special discounts throughout the run and can be purchased online www.suteatro.org, by phone 303-296-0219, or at the Box Office.
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