La Gringa is about a young woman’s search for her identity. María Elena Garcia goes to visit her family in Puerto Rico during the Christmas holidays and arrives with plans to connect with her homeland. Although this is her first trip to Puerto Rico, she has had an intense love for the island and even majored in Puerto Rican Studies in college. Once María is in Puerto Rico, she realizes that Puerto Rico does not welcome her with open arms. The majority of the Puerto Ricans on the island consider her an American – a gringa — and María considers this a betrayal.
If she’s a Puerto Rican in the United States and an American in Puerto Rico – María concludes that she is nobody everywhere. Her uncle, Manolo, spiritually teaches her that identity isn’t based on superficial and external definitions, but rather is an essence that she has had all along in her heart.
Palante Theater Company (A M.I.F.A. affiliated organization), was founded in 2016 and looks to open a black box theater on Main Street in Holyoke, proceeds from this show will go towards that goal. This is the first collaboration between Palante Theater and the Urban Theater Company of Chicago.
La Gringa’s showing is a part of the 2nd Annual Taste of South Holyoke Festival in the heart of South Holyoke and the Puerto Rican Cultural District. This show is sponsored in part by the Holyoke Cultural Council, Nueva Esperanza Inc, City Councilor Nelson Rafael Roman and the City of Holyoke.
The show will take place at:
Palante Theater Pop Up!
El Mercado Holyoke
413 Main Street
Holyoke, MA 01040