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Free Performance of El Payaso Tells Story of Latino College Student

Enjoy a free performance of El Payaso, a bilingual play by Teatro Milagro, on Friday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rogue Performance Hall located in Building C, Room 109 on the Rogue Community College (RCC) Riverside Campus in Medford, Oregon.two men, two women performers of El Payaso

Sponsored by RCC’s Club Latino, Sustainability Club, and the Improv Club, El Payaso tells a tale through the eyes of Elías, a Latino college student, traveling back to Nicaragua after 30 years absence to encounter the people who are still carrying on the work of the late Ben Linder.

An engineer and a clown for a cause, Linder participated in rallies and health campaigns that brought vaccines to children. His memory lives on in the work of "Clowns without Borders" and various environmental groups that are collaborating to bring this story to life. With red noses and humor, the performers will share the value of thinking globally while acting locally.

In 1987, Ben Linder was killed by Contras in Nicaragua during a civil war that was fueled in part by the United States during the Reagan administration. For the 30-year anniversary of Ben’s passing, this play will share with a new generation an inspirational story of one idealist who saw the potential of art and science to help save the world; one small village at a time.    

As Shannon Gormley of Willamette week wrote of El Payaso, it is "Steadfast in its message, but it's also plenty goofy.  It doesn't take itself too seriously, but it doesn't back down from its message, either."

The performance will be followed by a workshop with Q & A from two of Milagro’s best teaching artists: Ajai Terrazas Tripathi and Danielle Pecoff.

The 2017 Tour of El Payaso is made possible in part with the support of the Bloomfield Family Foundation, Juan Young Trust, Carpenter Foundation, Donnelly Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, and The Ventura Group Inc.

For more information, contact Javier De La Mora at 541-245-7722 or jdelamora@roguecc.edu.

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