The Hero Twins – A Mayan Story (Bilingual)

The Hero Twins This bilingual show based on the The Popol Vuh which is the central creation myth of the Quiche Maya people of Central America. It tells the story of Hero Twins who journey down to the Underworld to be tested by and eventually defeat the evil Lords of Xibalba, avenging the death of their father, and clearing the path for human beings to arrive on Earth. The story is filled with magic, a close connection to the animal world and the struggle between life and death. Like Homer’s Odyssey, it is one of the world’s great “Hero’s Journey” tales. Promotional Photos Click on a thumbnail below then right-click or control-click in the center of the  large image and choose “Save image as” to save to your computer. Permission to use these copyrighted photos is for promotion of BOXTALES shows and events only. Acknowledgements Photos by David Bazemore and Isaac Hernandez. Directed by Sigfrido Aguilar, Joseph Velasco and the Boxtales Theatre Company. Written by the Boxtales Theatre Company. Masks by Lesley Finlayson, Lindsay Rust and Anne Chevrefils. Shadow Puppets by Rudy Martinez. Lighting by Chris Turner.

Br’er Rabbit and Other Trickster Tales

Br’er Rabbit and Other Trickster Tales inspires self-reliance and creative problem solving on a humorous and magical journey with wily creatures who teach us folk wisdom, and life lessons in this collection of Trickster Tales from around the world. Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Alligator & Trouble (Southern United States) This story features B’rer Rabbit and B’rer Alligator. In the story, B’rer Alligator says he has never known any trouble in his life and he is curious as to what it is. B’rer Rabbit brings trouble to him, and B’rer Alligator not only gets a new coat, but learns a valuable lesson: “Never trouble trouble unless trouble troubles you.” Tio Conejo (Venezuela, bilingual) This is the story of B’rer Rabbit’s Mexican cousin, Tio Conejo “Uncle Rabbit.” Although Tio Conejo is smarter than all the other animals, he also is smaller and often picked on by the other, larger animals. He does not like being smaller so appeals to the great maker in the sky to make him bigger. The great maker in the sky agrees to make Tio Conejo bigger if he can pass a test; he is to capture three ferocious animals in one day. Tio Conejo accomplishes the task and …

B’rer Rabbit and Other Trickster Tales

B’rer Rabbit and Other Trickster Tales inspires self-reliance and creative problem solving on a humorous and magical journey with wily creatures who teach us folk wisdom, and life lessons in this collection of trickster tales from around the world. Stories include: Brer Rabbit, Brer Alligator and Trouble (Southern U.S.) features B’rer Rabbit and B’rer Alligator. In the story, B’rer Alligator says he has never known any trouble in his life and he is curious as to what it is. B’rer Rabbit brings trouble to him, and B’rer Alligator not only gets a new coat, but learns a valuable lesson: “Never trouble trouble unless trouble troubles you.” Tio Conejo (Venezuela, bilingual) is the story of B’rer Rabbit’s Mexican cousin, Tio Conejo “Uncle Rabbit.” Although Tio Conejo is smarter than all the other animals, he also is smaller and often picked on by the other, larger animals. He does not like being smaller so appeals to the great maker in the sky to make him bigger. The great maker in the sky agrees to make Tio Conejo bigger if he can pass a test; he is to capture three ferocious animals in one day. Tio Conejo accomplishes the task and is rewarded by the …

Leyendas de Duende – Magical Tales of Latin America

Leyendas de Duende is a bilingual production that explores the rich Hispanic folklore and mythology of Latin America. The stories include La Calavera from Mexico, and Paco and the Witch from Puerto Rico. The program also includes an Afro/Cuban Rhythm and Song that calls to “Alegua – the trickster of the crossroads”, from the Afro-Cuban tradition of Santeria.  La Calavera This story follows a young healer who tries to outsmart his godmother- Death. Death gives him great healing power but always lets him know who’s boss. The moral of the story is that one should never try to fool Death because Death will always get the upper hand eventually. Including El Diablo and some very interesting Characters cross paths with the healer’s father as he tries to choose a god-parent for his young son. Paco and the Witch Paco is a good boy who likes to help his mom but when he goes to town to run an errand he has to pass through the dark forest where a bruja or witch is waiting to snatch him up. She takes him prisoner but he gets help from some talking animals (natives of Puerto Rico), who betray the witch and set Paco …

The Odyssey

Homer’s Odyssey has been called one of the most important stories of Western civilization. In this performance Odysseus describes his adventures in his own words, acting out various episodes from Homer’s epic tale. As he travels over the seas with his crew of men he encounters many beings who delay his return to Ithaca. Among them are Poseidon, god of the seas; Cyclops, a one-eyed giant; Aeolus, master of the winds; Circe the enchantress; Tiresias and others in the underworld; the Sirens: Scylla and Charybdis, Helios, and Calypso. Odysseus is with Calypso on her island when Zeus sends Hermes, his messenger, to demand that Calypso set Odysseus free and allow him to return to Ithaca. Odysseus builds a raft and drifts toward the island of the Phaeacians. Poseidon, god of the sea, creates a storm and the raft is destroyed but Odysseus arrives safely on the shore of Phaeacia where he is rescued and sent home to Ithaca.

The Hero Twins – A Mayan Story (Bilingual)

The Hero Twins is a bilingual show based on the The Popol Vuh which is the central creation myth of the Quiche Maya people of Central America. It tells the story of Hero Twins who journey down to the Underworld to be tested by and eventually defeat the evil Lords of Xibalba, avenging the death of their father, and clearing the path for human beings to arrive on Earth. The story is filled with magic, a close connection to the animal world and the struggle between life and death. Like Homer’s Odyssey, it is one of the world’s great “Hero’s Journey” tales.

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