As it is customary every holiday season for the last fourteen years, the Austin Latino Theater Alliance ( ALTA) presents its production of the traditional pastorela--a holiday comedy for the whole family.
La Patorela is a "uniquely Austin" holiday tradition. Originally a Yuletide play performed in Native American/Latino Communities since the late 16th century when Spanish missionary priests first introduced the act to Native Aztec Indians, the performance recounts the shepherd's journey to Bethlehem as they encounter manifestations of evil.
Each year's production retains elements of the original tradition, but adds a lively bilingual contemporary theatrical twist to the overall performance of the dialogue, music and dance. This year, in response to the success and positive feedback of the 2011 show, Miguel Angel Santana will return and write an original, humorous script in the form of a Latin soap opera satire. Santana's pen modernizes classic characters from the Yuletide play from shepherds, demons and angels to Pilgrims, brining them to life as the Shepherd family (familia Pastor).
Under the direction of Alejandro Pedemonte, eleven enthusiastic actors will collaborate in this hilarious holiday comedy. The cast is composed of recognized actors such as Mario Zamora, Karla Longnion, Diego Villarreal, Anjanette Gautier and Trini Martinez.