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Theater department kicks off year with Greek tragedy

The NMSU Department of Theatre Arts is opening its production of “Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles,” a Greek tale about a family dealing with hardships after their journey of crossing the U.S. border in hopes of a better life.

Shrouded by fear after her experience crossing the border, Medea, devoted mother and wife, is now found in a position where she is ready to risk anything for her family even with the fears of a life without documentation. What happens when tragedy ensues and leaves the family torn apart? 

The NMSU Department of Theatre Arts and the American Southwest Theatre Company present “Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles.” The play will run at the ASNMSU Center for the Arts from Feb. 25-27. (Image courtesy of ASTC)

In Spanish, the term “Mojada” means “wetback,” which is a derogatory term applying to Mexicans who have moved to the United States from Mexico. The play was written by Luis Alfaro, a Chicano playwright known for his work in theater, poetry, short stories and journalism. 

The cast includes Elia Vasquez as Medea, Omar Moreno as Jason, Dominique Gomez as Tita, Bianca Castro as Josefina, Ashley Almanza as Armida, and Santiago Garzon as Acan. The play is directed by Larissa Lury. 

Mojada’s R-rating is due to the usage of strong language, as well as several adult themes to further show the pain of the family while immigrating to America. This production will have audiences thinking about the things we do or have that others may not have the chance to experience. 

Director Larissa Lury  says the play was not an easy one. “There is a lot of humor in the beginning and then you kind of get hit,” Lury says. “But I hope the show is moving to people. The story is very powerful, and I hope it makes people think about some things and think about their own lives and those around us.” 

The production of “Mojada” was originally set to premiere Feb. 18-27, but has been rescheduled for Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 27 at 2 p.m.

Ticket information is available online or by calling 575-646-4515. 

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