Monday, July 21, 2014
Apollinaire In The Park 2014 - One More Week of Free Theater in Chelsea's Mary O'Malley Park
As I am learning to appreciate the many positive aspects of Apollinaire Theatre Company, two things stand out. First, this theatre company consistently presents programs of the highest possible professional quality. Second, they are deeply committed to making a positive impact on their host community of Chelsea. In keeping with this commitment to community involvement, Apollinaire is presenting free theatre in the park for their 11th production of bi-lingual Theatre in the Park. The park in the beautiful Mary O'Malley Park that sits on the banks of the Mystic River and just under the Tobin Bridge.
This summer, the two plays being offered are "¡Bocón! " by Lisa Loomer and "Invasion!" by Jonas Hassen Khemiri.
I recently enjoyed a performance of "¡Bocón! " The play is written in such a way that the story is easily understood by both Spanish and English speakers. The play tells the story of a boy living in an oppressive environment "south of the border." After his parents are taken away by soldiers, the boy loses his power of speech, and eventually find his way to the U.S., where he is held as an "undocumented" person. His adventures and perils are portrayed dramatically in a style reminiscent of guerrilla theater or street theater.
On the evening that I attended, the audience included families with young children as well as senior citizens, sitting in chairs or on blankets. All ages enjoyed the performance with equal gusto.
The Apollinaire acting troupe for these plays running in repertory include:
Victor Hugo Arellano
Paola M. Ferrer
Melissa Nussbaum Freeman
Dale J. Young
The actors play multiple roles in the three plays - "Bocón and the English and Spanish language versions of "Invasion."
I plan to attend the performance of "Invasion" this Wednesday evening at 7:30. I invite you to consider joining me for a fun evening of free theatre.
For more information and directions, visit the Apollinare website:
This will be the final week of this summer's productions. Here is the schedule:
Invasion: Wednesday & Saturday
Invasion en Español: todos los viernes
Bocón: Thursday & Sunday