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Cruzar la Cara de la Luna

Thursday March 21, 2013 - Sunday March 24, 2013

Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center  



Overview

Cruzar la Cara de la Luna/To Cross the Face of the Moon
Music by José "Pepe" Martínez
Lyrics by José "Pepe" Martínez and Leonard Foglia
Book by Leonard Foglia

Featuring Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán
Sung in Spanish and English with projected translations

March 21, 2013 - 7:30 p.m. | March 23, 2013 - 2 p.m. | March 23, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.
March 24, 2013 - 2 p.m.

Three generations of one family are divided by countries and cultures.

As a Mexican-American family deals with the impending death of their patriarch, long-buried secrets are revealed. A heart-warming opera filled with evocative melodies, haunting images, and the exuberant joy of mariachi sounds. 

"A unique and astonishing performance" — L'express

"A multi-cultural winner" — Houston Chronicle

Photo credit: Marie-Noëlle Robert
A production of HGOco

Synopsis

Where is home? Is it where we are born? Or where we live most of our lives? Is it with the family we leave behind or with the new ones we create? 

To Cross the Face of the Moon / Cruzar la Cara de la Luna follows three generations of a single family, divided by countries and cultures. As a Mexican/American man deals with the approaching death of his father, he is forced to face these questions about his own place in the world - straddling two cultures - as well as that of his immigrant father and his American daughter. As long buried secrets are revealed, he finds himself dramatically re-evaluating his own understanding of what makes a family. Like the Monarch butterflies that migrate every year to the birthplace of his father, the members of the Velasquez family must travel both physically and spiritually between Michoacán and Texas and look deep into their hearts before they learn where they truly belong. —Leonard Foglia

 


 

¿En dónde se encuentra el hogar de uno? ¿Es donde nacimos? ¿O donde hemos vivido la mayor parte de nuestras vidas? ¿Es con la familia que dejamos atrás, o con las nuevas familias que formamos? 

Cruzar la Cara de la Luna / To Cross the Face of the Moon es la crónica de tres generaciones de una familia dividida por dos países diferentes y sus culturas. Mientras un mexicano-americano se enfrenta al inminente deceso de su padre, se ve forzado a enfrentar estas preguntas acerca de su propia existencia y el lugar que ocupa en el mundo – viviendo entre dos culturas – tanto la de su padre inmigrante, como la de su hija estadounidense. Al revelarse secretos que habían sido guardados durante mucho tiempo, se encuentra a sí mismo re-evaluando lo que significa para él el concepto de familia. Así como las mariposas Monarca migran anualmente a la tierra de sus padres, también los miembros de la familia Velásquez deben viajar física y espiritualmente entre Michoacán y Texas; de igual manera llevan a cabo una profunda introspección en su corazón para saber el lugar al que realmente pertenecen. – Leonard Foglia

Cast/Creative Team

Creative Team

José “Pepe” Martínez
Mariachi Vargas deTecalitlán Music Director

Leonard Foglia
Director

David Hanlon***
Music Supervisor

Chía Patiño
Music Director

Keturah Stickann
Choreographer

Brian Nason
Lighting Designer

* HGO debut
** HGO Studio Artist
*** Former HGO Studio Artist

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Cruzar la Cara de la Luna/To Cross the Face of the Moon
Music by José "Pepe" Martínez
Lyrics by José "Pepe" Martínez and Leonard Foglia
Book by Leonard Foglia

Featuring Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán
Sung in Spanish and English with projected translations

March 21, 2013 - 7:30 p.m. | March 23, 2013 - 2 p.m. | March 23, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.
March 24, 2013 - 2 p.m.

Three generations of one family are divided by countries and cultures.

As a Mexican-American family deals with the impending death of their patriarch, long-buried secrets are revealed. A heart-warming opera filled with evocative melodies, haunting images, and the exuberant joy of mariachi sounds. 

"A unique and astonishing performance" — L'express

"A multi-cultural winner" — Houston Chronicle

Photo credit: Marie-Noëlle Robert
A production of HGOco

Where is home? Is it where we are born? Or where we live most of our lives? Is it with the family we leave behind or with the new ones we create? 

To Cross the Face of the Moon / Cruzar la Cara de la Luna follows three generations of a single family, divided by countries and cultures. As a Mexican/American man deals with the approaching death of his father, he is forced to face these questions about his own place in the world - straddling two cultures - as well as that of his immigrant father and his American daughter. As long buried secrets are revealed, he finds himself dramatically re-evaluating his own understanding of what makes a family. Like the Monarch butterflies that migrate every year to the birthplace of his father, the members of the Velasquez family must travel both physically and spiritually between Michoacán and Texas and look deep into their hearts before they learn where they truly belong. —Leonard Foglia

 


 

¿En dónde se encuentra el hogar de uno? ¿Es donde nacimos? ¿O donde hemos vivido la mayor parte de nuestras vidas? ¿Es con la familia que dejamos atrás, o con las nuevas familias que formamos? 

Cruzar la Cara de la Luna / To Cross the Face of the Moon es la crónica de tres generaciones de una familia dividida por dos países diferentes y sus culturas. Mientras un mexicano-americano se enfrenta al inminente deceso de su padre, se ve forzado a enfrentar estas preguntas acerca de su propia existencia y el lugar que ocupa en el mundo – viviendo entre dos culturas – tanto la de su padre inmigrante, como la de su hija estadounidense. Al revelarse secretos que habían sido guardados durante mucho tiempo, se encuentra a sí mismo re-evaluando lo que significa para él el concepto de familia. Así como las mariposas Monarca migran anualmente a la tierra de sus padres, también los miembros de la familia Velásquez deben viajar física y espiritualmente entre Michoacán y Texas; de igual manera llevan a cabo una profunda introspección en su corazón para saber el lugar al que realmente pertenecen. – Leonard Foglia

Creative Team

José “Pepe” Martínez
Mariachi Vargas deTecalitlán Music Director

Leonard Foglia
Director

David Hanlon***
Music Supervisor

Chía Patiño
Music Director

Keturah Stickann
Choreographer

Brian Nason
Lighting Designer

* HGO debut
** HGO Studio Artist
*** Former HGO Studio Artist

Donate Now Button on Support HGO 

To give by phone or for more information, contact Rebecca Kier at 713-546-0252 or rkier@houstongrandopera.org.

To submit your gift by mail, please use this form.

Loyal donors are behind each performance at Houston Grand Opera.
We can’t do it without you; please consider making a gift today!

Donate Now  


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How Many Seats? Groups of ten or more receive discounts and special seating! Please call 713-546-0248 or e-mail groups@HoustonGrandOpera.org to learn more about Group Sales.

All sales are final. Latecomers will be seated during an intermission. The use of cameras or recording devices is strictly forbidden at HGO performances. Dates, casting and programs are subject to change without notice.

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