Updated: Aug 24
Bringing you family-friendly online content with lectures, interviews, and a storytime series during the COVID-19 times.
Each week, we bring you new performances by and interviews with our artists through our website, e-newsletter, and social media platforms. For children, there are fun stories to delight and discover. All content is in Spanish! You can enjoy video clips and photographs from acclaimed productions on our social media accounts.
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GALA EN FAMILIA
Company member Luz Nicolás recites La casada infiel (The Unfaithful Wife), a poem by Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca. Discover the themes she explored in interpreting the text, and Lorca’s role in Spain's cultural legacy.
Stories Of Exile, The Human Perspective Horacio Peña provided a thoughtful portrait of the Spanish philosopher and writer Miguel de Unamuno last season in The Old Man, The Youth, and the Sea. Enjoy a lively exchange about the play that brought them together again and its exploration of a man forced into exile.
From Spain To DC: Another Journey Begins A riveting monologue from Yerma by Federico García Lorca, performed by Helen Hayes award-winning Spanish actor Mabel del Pozo. An invigorating conversation that includes director José Luis Arellano, who received a Helen Hayes Award for Yerma.
Inés Domínguez del Corral delivers a moving interpretation of the song Alfonsina y el mar (the song pays homage to the beloved Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni), and discusses Storni's contributions to feminist thought in the early 20th century, her life and death, and how the poet inspires her.
From Divorcees, Evangelists, and Vegetarians to La Foto - A Selfie Affair, GALA has staged many gems by playwright and director Gustavo Ott. With great gusto, he takes audiences from rousing laughter to silent reflection as his characters deal with life-changing circumstances.
Alex Iraheta shares an original monologue that reflects on hunger and the world around us from the perspective of a homeless person. Alex touches on his early days as a member of the diverse musical group Nexo Social, his time as an actor and performer, and now his days as budding playwright.
Language - From a Barrier Into a Bridge
Meet Mexican playwright Karen Zacarías, one of the most produced playwrights in the country. Find out why Karen writes primarily in English and how her plays ---Los pecados de Sor Juana and Mariela en el desierto---found a home at GALA in Spanish.
Salvadoran playwright, poet, and activist Quique Avilés shares his poem Los niños quieren salir a jugar (Children Want To Play Outside) that speaks to the violence and poverty affecting the lives of children in El Salvador. He talks about his artistic journey that began in his native country to Washington, where he founded Latinegro and Sol y Soul.
High school and Paso Nuevo graduates Marcelina López and Jenny López recite poems to share their thoughts about the Class of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the challenges they faced. Hear how Marcelina and Jenny grew hopeful about the future through Paso Nuevo.
Bolivian artist and musician Carlos Arrien performs the song La humedad de tu espalda by Jesús Durán. He reveals how playing popular Bolivian music after moving to the US connected him to his home country, and how music group meetings taught him about the DC community and the socio-political landscape.
Flamenco With Salvadoran Roots
Flamenco choreographer and dancer Edwin Aparicio delights us with his fierce zapateo in Salvador, which he choreographed and premiered at GALA in 2017. He speaks about his journey from his native war-torn El Salvador to Washington, DC, learning and perfecting his dance technique, and building a successful career. Hear about Aparicio’s next presentation at GALA!
The Argentinian Seed in Musical Theater
A fascinating conversation with Argentinian composer and conductor Mariano Vales, who composed two of GALA's most memorable musicals --Mummy in the Closet: The Return of Eva Perón and Las Polacas - The Polish Girls of Buenos Aires. Feel their excitement as they recall the adrenaline rush of watching a scene come together and reveal how they struggled with the responsibility of staging real historical of their homeland.
For Children and Families - Leyendo con GALita
(Videos available only through December 31, 2020)
A tale that reminds us that sometimes we all feel like outsiders, and yet how brave it is to go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and share our stories, others will happily meet us halfway.
The story reveals what it’s like to live in Auggie’s world - a world in which he feels like any other kid, but he’s not always seen that way. Auggie’s story taps into every child’s longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. An insightful book, perfect to talk about empathy, difference, and kindness with young children.
This is a Cuban folktale about Francisca, an energetic abuelita who is always busy helping others in town! When Death goes looking for her, will she find her? A love letter to all abuelitas and a reminder of how much they contribute to their communities.
Celebrate what immigrants carry with them when they leave their homes. This story about family is a reminder that we are all dreamers taking our own gifts wherever we roam. A beautiful and powerful book, it has a particular urgency today when the status of our "Dreamers” is uncertain.
A beautifully crafted poem for children that gently addresses the emotional side of death. It helps answer difficult questions such as "When someone dies, where do they go?... where the wind goes when it blows..." A meditation on loss.
A reminder of the importance of being kind to oneself. This tale touches on the universal themes of friendship, empathy, and compassion. Activities included in the video!
When Lola’s teacher asks her students to draw a picture of the place from which their families immigrated, they are all excited. Except Lola. She can’t remember The Island -she left as a baby. Lola’s imagination, with the help of her family and friends and their memories, takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island. As we see her drawing closer to the heart of her family’s story, she understands the truth of her abuela’s words:“Just because you don’t remember a place doesn’t mean it’s not in you.”
This uplifting book celebrates the different abilities that kids (and people of all ages) have. In this tale, kids work together to build a community garden, asking questions of each other. So when we meet someone who is different from us, but we’re not sure why, … ¡solo pregunta! (Just Ask!).
Little Carmela wakes up on her birthday to a wish come true—she can finally join her brother as he runs the family errands! Across the neighborhood they traveled and arriving at the Laundromat, Carmela spots a lone dandelion growing through the pavement. But before she can blow its white fluff away, her brother asks Carmela to make a wish. What is Carmela’s wish? Find out!
Doña Flor is a giant lady who lives in a tiny village where children use her flowers as trumpets and her leftover tortillas as rafts. When the villagers hear a terrifying noise coming from just beyond the edge of town, Flor sets off for the highest mesa to find the creature behind the scary noise.
Daisy Ramona zooms through her neighborhood with papi on his motorcycle. She rejoices in seeing the people and places she’s always known but takes in how the community is rapidly changing, and knows the love she feels for this special place will always be there. This heart felt story celebrates the love between a father and daughter.
We appreciate your commitment to GALA and are confident that you understand the adverse financial impact on GALA and our peers caused by the COVID-19 crisis. In these uncertain times, we need to help each other. That is why we ask you to help us continue to serve the community by making a gift to GALA of any size in order to support our efforts during this unexpected period. Thank you!