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Free Performance of Bilingual Play

The public is invited to enjoy a free theatrical performance of “Bi-,” a bilingual play by the Portland-based Teatro Milagro, on Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in the Rogue Performance Hall located in Building C, Room 109 on the Rogue Community College (RCC) Riverside Campus in Medford, Oregon.

The Associated Student Government of Rogue Community College, Student Life, and the Diversity Programming Board are proud to present this intriguing story to the community. It embraces the complexity of the greatest bipedal organism: the human. Inspired by Edwin Abbott’s novel “Flatland,” “Bi–“ will break open the boxes of selective classification and raise the question: “What is your bi-dentity?”

Set in the year 2089, the characters of the fictitious Tierra Plana inhabit a place where everything is determined by a pre-recognition of their individual categories. Four friends, Fig, Noir, Isa and Hex, are preparing for the day they receive their identity bracelets. Nervous about not fitting in, they escape to the desert and discover the mystery of the past hidden in boxes from the U.S. Census Bureau; boxes filled with the stories of people from across the binary. With the help of a two-spirit guide, they realize that it is possible to break down the boxes of classification, so that they can just be.

 “Bi–“ is directed by Georgina Escobar, and was developed with Dañel Malán and Ajai Terrazas Tripathi through a collection of personal interviews, and choreographed by Gabriela Portuguez. Teatro Milagro’s new touring actors Justin Charles, Kenyon Acton and Sierra Brambila round out the creative ensemble.

“Bi–“ is paired with Teatro Milagro’s UNIDAD curriculum in which students take theatrical workshops that address bullying, harassment and student isolation by focusing on themes of identity, stereotypes, and community support. The troupe will be leading UNIDAD workshops at the Collaborative Theatre Project and Crater High in the two days prior.

The 2018 national tour of “Bi–“ is funded in part with support from the Juan Young Trust, EC Brown Foundation, Bloomfield Family Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation, Templeton Foundation, Autzen Foundation, Carpenter Foundation, and The Ventura Group Inc.

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