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'Te llevo en la sangre' opens Jan. 30 at Milagro Theatre

The nonprofit Miracle Theatre Group is pleased to present the U.S. premiere of TE LLEVO EN LA SANGRE, an Argentine comedy written by Mónica Silver, directed by Daniel Jáquez and sponsored by SmartForest Ventures. Performances will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles January 30-February 21, 2009 at the Milagro Theatre (525 SE Stark St., Portland). http://www.milagro.org

ABOUT THE PLAY Winner of the 1999 First Prize for Drama from the National Theatre Institute of Argentina, TE LLEVO EN LA SANGRE features love, obsession and murder. Set against the backdrop of turbulent 1955 Argentina, this black comedy cleverly weaves together the infamous backstage lives of a radionovela (radio soap opera) cast with the dreams of Mabel, an obsessed fan. Mabel’s deluded fantasies can as easily awaken love as provoke a macabre crime, one in which gift boxes bearing body parts mysteriously begin to arrive at the studio. The intersection of show business and politics examines our fleeting passions and illusions of grandeur in the face of an aggressive world, questioning the nature — and existence — of love in the real world. On the surface, this is an amusing soap opera, but underneath hide political metaphors from a society in transition.

Te llevo en la sangre takes Miracle Theatre’s 25th Anniversary Season audiences back to the roots of the nonprofit organization’s Spanish language presentations with a fully staged production of what was presented as a staged reading in 2002, launching the organization’s now annual Teatro Español Spanish-language productions, which recently included Federico García Lorca’s Bodas de sangre (2008) and Rosalba y los Llaveros by Emilio Carballido (2007).

PERFORMANCES & TICKETS TE LLEVO EN LA SANGRE plays Jan. 30-Feb. 21, 2009 at the Milagro Theatre (525 SE Stark St., Portland). Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m.; and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20-$22 ($16 for students/seniors) from 503-236-7253 or www.milagro.org. There is one preview performance on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m.; all preview tickets are only $14. Tickets may also be purchased in person from the PDX Ticket Network box office located at the Hollywood Theatre on NE Sandy Blvd. daily 1-9 p.m. A complimentary bilingual study guide and more information is available online at www.milagro.org.

ABOUT MIRACLE THEATRE GROUP Now in its silver anniversary season, the Miracle Theatre Group has been dedicated to bringing the vibrancy of Latino theatre to the Northwest community and beyond for 25 years. In addition to its national tours, Miracle provides a home for Spanish and Latin American arts and culture at El Centro Milagro, where it enriches the local community with a variety of community outreach projects and educational programs designed to share the diversity of Latino culture. For more information about the Miracle Theatre Group, visit www.milagro.org or call 503-236-7253.