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Texas State presents Las Nuevas Tamaleras

Date of release: 10/31/03

SAN MARCOS —The Texas State University-San Marcos in cooperation with the San Marcos Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presents the hilarious bilingual comedy, Las Nuevas Tamaleras, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m

Written and directed by San Antonio playwright Alicia Mena, Las Nuevas Tamaleras has played to sell-out audiences throughout Texas, New Mexico, California and Colorado since its world premiere at El Teatro Bilingue de Houston in 1991.

This charming one-act play captures three Chicanas in an uproariously comical attempt at making tamales for the first time. The show erupts when the spirits of Doña Juanita and Doña Mercedes--two veteran tamaleras (tamale-makers) appear on the scene to invisibly guide the younger generation of women. The spirits’ “guidance” takes and unexpected turn, however, when the old tamaleras disagree on the proper way to make the perfect tamale. The new tamaleras blunder through the daunting task, frustrating their spiritual guides and delighting the audience.

Las Nuevas Tamaleras will be presented in Evans Auditorium on the Texas State campus with free parking in the Pleasant Street Parking Garage. Admission prices are $5 with open seating, and advanced tickets are available through the Events Coordinator at (512) 245-3501.