Sew and Sing

Identifying with a character, which is what you're supposed to do, is easy sometimes. In the ever-popular Rebel Without a Cause, James Dean's character delivers the ever-popular scream at his parents: “You're tearing me apart!” But sometimes identifying with a character is more complicated -- in this country, it's usually hard for white people to identify with anyone else. In Coser y Cantar, a one-act play written in 1981 by playwright Dolores Prida, though, it's easy; Prida is known for using humor to get people on the same page. In the play, a Cuban immigrant in New York City struggles with who she is, who she's believed to be, and the difference: The two characters are called She and Ella -- you're tearing her apart. The cast features Erika Pérez, Claudia Rosa, Karina Arrambide, Saday Osorio, and Cynthia Renta; they and director Tania Llambelis have changed little about the original production, noting that the struggle such a woman faces hasn't changed much. You can identify.
March 17-19, 8 p.m., 2011

 
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