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Homestead’s Theater Festival Brings Latino-Based Plays to the Seminole Theater

Homestead’s Theater Festival Brings Latino-Based Plays to the Seminole Theater

  • Homestead’s Theater Festival: From 20 to the 22nd at the Seminole Theater located in downtown Homestead. Tickets will run from $5 to $10
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Homestead is set to have a cultural experience as the local theater group Ruta Teatral rides into town with four diverse and unique productions with its Festival de Teatro. Writer, director, and producer, Manuel Mendoza leads the non-profit organization, hoping to thrust the community into the world of live theater. Working in the industry for more than 20 years, his desire is to enrich the community with the art form.

“Theater, I feel, is like a window that can educate us as a society, and it’s really important in a time when we are so disconnected, and the world is so convulsed,” he said.

Mendoza believes it is important for the community’s growth, especially in Homestead now that the area is going through more development.

The production’s cast and crew will feature various performers from Central America and other Latin countries, yet all local to South Florida. For Mendoza, it is vital to feature artists from the area as he believes it will help revitalize interest in theater.

“There is an important community growing there, and it needs us and this kind of work of art,” he said.

Featured titles include La Fiesta de la Friducha, a play based on the legendary artist Frida Kahlo and her art and directed by Lilian Vega.

El Dia Que Cambio la Vida del Senor Odio, directed by Oswaldo Maccio, is a play perfect for the family and is about emotions and attitudes of society.

Later that night comes Smiley, which focuses on the experience of love of a same-sex relationship while exploring society’s physical parameters on beauty and body image; it is directed by Kevin Cass.

Finally, a special play written and directed by Cuban actress Zully Montero, Celos, a story about jealousy and the negative effects it has, tricking individuals into the realms of paranoia.

Mendoza plans to take Ruta Teatro to areas in South Florida such as Weston, Hialeah, Cutler Bay and many more.

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The production will take place from September 20 to the 22nd at the Seminole Theater located in downtown Homestead. Tickets will run from $5 to $10.

Mendoza’s overall goal is to eventually bring theater to the community for free, so all can enjoy the love of the craft as much as he does.

“My dream is that parents take their kids and grandparents take their grandkids and that we can be a better country this way,” he said. “And I think culture—the connections with art, theater and music—makes us a better world.”

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