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New Spanish-Flavor Theater Coalition Presents a Night of Love

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Logo for the Valentine's Day event.

A new Latino collaborative is dedicating itself to bringing more Spanish flavor to Seattle stages. You’ll have an opportunity to experience a literal taste of things to come on Valentine’s Day at ACT Theatre, when eSe Teatro presents eSe Amor: Great Works of Love and includes chocolate to entice you.

It’s a gala fundraiser celebrating Latin American authors and includes passionate readings from great works inspired by love, romance and sensuality. Excerpts from works by Pablo Neruda, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Isabel Allende, Alfonsina Storni, Mario Vargas Llosa, Cervantes, and Laura Esquivel, to mention just a few. Guests will be treated to gourmet chocolate and wine tastings, tapas, live music performances and romantic dancing demos. Singles on Valentines have their own reserved balcony for mingling. (Due to mature content, this event is for ages 18 and up.)

eSe Teatro officially began last spring with a presentation of Luís Alfaro’s Electricidad, which was described as a brutally modern adaptation of the classic revenge saga Electra, set within gang culture of the “barrio”. The iconic characters of the Greek tragedy were set in the present-day world of the “Cholo” where the South Side Locos are Kings and Spanglish rules. Electricidad mourns her father’s body in her front yard, much to the dismay of the vecinos (neighbors) and her mother Clemencia, who was rumored to have had him killed to establish her power in the gang hierarchy. A comical bilingual chorus called “El Chisme” gossips and tries to save their barrio from inevitable cycles of violence.

Each production from this collaborative is designed to be bi-lingual. While they have yet to mount a production playing more than a few days, their intention is to become a force for ethnic inclusion on Seattle stages. Check ’em out and have a fun and different Valentine’s alternative.