The New York Musical Theatre Festival Production Poster

Our beautiful NYMF production poster was created by Carmelo Marquises, a graphic Artist from the Phillipines. We hope you like it.  If you do, please donate to our Kickstarter campaign by clicking on the ‘K’ icon on the right of this window.

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Xiol: Recently Discovered Mayan City in Kanasín

Xiol: Recently discovered Mayan city in KanasínKanasín is just a few kilometres eat of Merida where archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) have found a undiscovered Mayan site, estimated to inhabit at least four thousand people.

The discovery includes ruins of temples, shrines and facades with prehispanic decorations were found. The discovery was made when excavations for the construction of the new Merida to Chetumal highway, which will expand from two to four lanes.

The researcher and INAH archaeologist Carlos Peraza Lope said that this is a site that dates back to the Late Classic – Terminal Classic, around the years 800 and 900 AD ; but ceramics dating from earlier periods have been found as well, these artifacts range from the Preclassic to the Postclassic Period. Peraza Lope said that the recent discovery indicates that the area had a long occupation period, from 500 BC until the arrival of the Spanish conquerors. Continue Reading →

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World Theatre Day Today

Brett_Bailey_PlaywrightI was very fortunate to be on the Prague Quadrennial International Jury in 2011 that Brett chaired.  A finer ambassador to be the author-voice for 2014 World Theatre Day could not have been chosen.  Is this pertinent to The Mapmaker’s Opera?  Read on, and draw your own conclusion!

The Message from 2014 World Theatre Day Author Brett Bailey

‘Wherever there is human society, the irrepressible Spirit of Performance manifests.

Under trees in tiny villages, and on high tech stages in global metropolis; in school halls and in fields and in temples; in slums, in urban plazas, community centres and inner-city basements, people are drawn together to commune in the ephemeral theatrical worlds that we create to express our human complexity, our diversity, our vulnerability, in living flesh, and breath, and voice. Continue Reading →

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Mexican-American Civil Rights Activist César Chávez: New Film

This has nothing – and absolutely ‘everything’ – to do with our Musical, The Mapmaker’s Opera.  The points of similarity between the two projects; although they are set 50 years apart, is just so close to our own hearts not to share.

The film,  César Chávez: An American Hero, is co-produced by Academy award-nominated actor, John Malkovich and Mexican actor Gael García Bernal, among others. Michael Peña stars in the title role, Rosario Dawson stars as Dolores Huerta, who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association with Chávez, as well as America Ferrera, who stars as Chávez’s wife, Helen.

According to the United Farm Workers of America, César led the historic non-violent movement for farm worker rights and dedicated himself to building a movement of poor working people that extended beyond the fields and into cities and towns across the nation. He inspired farm workers and millions of people who never worked on a farm to commit themselves to social, economic and civil rights activism. César’s legacy, like the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., continues to educate, inspire and empower people from all walks of life. He is a role model for all Americans and for generations to come. Continue Reading →
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With Migration, Indigenous Languages Going Extinct

NBC_LogoThis is a great piece by NBC’s Carmen Sesín.  Did you know that some of the ancient Mesoamerican languages spoken by Latinos are now considered critically endangered and risk becoming extinct?  Me neither!  And one of those languages – Mam – is a Mayan language that dates back to the year 500.  Did you also know that hundreds of indigenous languages are spoken all over Latin America?  No?  Me neither!

So it is not at all disimilar to our musical, The Mapmaker’s Opera, and one of the major themes of the loss of indigenous flora and fauna – and specifically the aspect of the storyline that deals with Diego Clemente’s attempts to recover the last two passenger pigeons in captivity from Don Victor Blanco’s aviary. Continue Reading →

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