When it comes to opening her heart and purse, Petra Dominguez, will do both without hesitation. Her Tía Cuca’s husband is out of work for a few weeks and she gives her food and aid at no charge. She supports Rafael without question when he makes his run for mayor. And offers shelter to a surprise visitor. Petra Dominguez, small time tortilla factory owner, has attracted the attention of some very powerful and alluring “people”. Enter a very attractive and influential woman and her enticing business partner. Who could that dazzling couple be and why are they so interested in Petra? Are they bent on destroying her business. and her soul? How could Petra get things so riled up in this world… and the next? Is this all a dream (un sueño) or a nightmare? Lots of questions, but lots of laughs, too. And maybe a few answers?
Petra’s Sueño is exactly that, a dream. A dream that examines the question of
good vs. evil. The ability to make the “right” everyday choices that face us.
Petra does these actions without any thought as to what she is losing (a little bit
of profit in some cases) and without any judgment as to who it is. Those that
have hurt her or her business in the past are forgiven instantly. Those who treat
her with disrespect are given the same love that her friends get. She is
approaching a level of living her life that few can achieve.
At the same time her husband, Rafael, is struggling to find his courage to debate
Tina in his run for mayor. Her friends, Chano and Clara, wanting to marry are
hampered by pride. And her best friend, Tacha, lies in a coma after suffering a
heart attack. And her competitor, Tina Tamayo, is determined to destroy her.
And this is a comedy!
Once again, Ruperto Reyes, Jr., takes us on look at some serious issues but in a
unique comedy style. His use of Spanish and English allows for both
monolingual speakers to enjoy the story. The language is familiar and the
characters in Petra’s Sueño are familia. Audience members frequently comment,
“That was my Tío” or “That really reminded me of my Mom”. Reyes’s play will
entertain you and make you leave with a little more of an open heart than before
you entered the theater.
Rupert Reyes and Jojanie Seguro are traveling from Austin as guest artists to
join the production this summer. Other actors for the third installment of the
Petra Trilogy include Pedro Garcia, Alma Nieto and Eddie Ruiz.
We are ending the season with our first installment of the Pueblo Unido Theatre
Festival (info. found under “press Materials” on our ToBB page. The focus is on
working with new latino plays and playwrights in a collaborative three day
session. Focused on educators, the workshop is open to writers, directors, and
actors and the plays will be presented to the public on Wed., 7/22 at the Granada
in downtown Alpine.