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Dos Pocitos: A Play in San Antonio

23 Jun

courtesy of Atta Girl Productions

It’s 2026 in “Texaco”, the ungoverned, lawless territory formerly known as South Texas. Here a few struggling residents remain, constantly embattled with drugcartels, military and occasional interlopers. With a nod to the past, and an eye to the future, Dos Pocitos is a comedy about this place, and the place it represents for all Latinos. – www.dospocitos.com

courtesy of Atta Girl Productions

Uile (played by Rupert Reyes) is the wise beekeeper who stayed behind and keeps hope that his lost son, Salvador, is still alive. His insight and metaphors of “Raza Bees” set a tone of what this place means to Latinos today. Bees are like Mexican people, they are expected to make life better. Worker bees work all day long. And no one cares as long as they get the honey. (Paraphrased)

courtesy of Atta Girl Productions

Adam (played by Mateo Barrera) and Abel (played by Mario Rivera) travel back to “Texaco”. Abel is a Latino scholar who is researching what happened in Texaco.  Adam is his ‘alpha-male’ cousin tagging along in hopes to visit their hometown “Dos Pocitos”. To them it was home, a place that holds all their childhood memories and their innocence. Traveling there isn’t just a trip down memory lane and fun like Adam had hoped. They must deal with reality of what is there today and all those that are not there. They question if they even belong there anymore. Together, Rivera and Barrera are talented and captivate the audience with their humorous banter and intense dialogues. Plus, they do a great rendition of Def Leppard’s  “Rock of Ages” 🙂

courtesy of Atta Girl Productions

Zulema and her husband are two of the few people that did not leave Dos Pocitos. They are firm in that this is their home and no one will make them leave. They will do whatever is necessary to protect what is theirs, especially their tienda that  is there for no one to shop because they’ve all left Dos Pocitos.  Any married couple will see bits of their own marriage in this comedic couple. Zulema, played by Erica Saenz, is fantastic in her role and shines as the only female. She is funny, sexy and strong in the I-am-Latina-hear-me-roar kinda way!

Raul Garza’s writing provokes thought about universal themes of not belonging, protecting what is yours and mourning the loss of what once was. Just as important, Garza looks at what could happen to South Texas if nothing changes in the drug wars in Mexico.

I asked Raul, “Why did you choose to write this story in the future?”

“You can’t debate about the future. There are people that I have seen and met and I wonder what would they think about what’s going on in 20 years. … I also hope it’s a lesson to pay attention to what it is we are letting go of today.”

The play is performed in English and Spanglish and un poquito Español. My good friend who doesn’t understand any Spanish could follow the storyline perfectly and she gave the work two thumbs up.  As do I. ¡Bravo!

This humorous and intense production is directed by Estevan J. (Chuy) Zarate; written by Raul Garza; and is a production of Atta Girl Productions.

Show times and dates are:

June 21 – July 1 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m.
Say Sí Theater, 1518 S. Alamo Street, San Antonio Texas, 78204.
For tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/255072 or call (210)535-4641

Special Thanks to NewsTaco. They offered free tickets to opening night. I registered on their website to receive those tickets.

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Get Real: Hey Jealousy!

11 Jun

“Get Real” posts will have give you insight on topics that are real but not always pretty.

Jealousy

1. Resentment against a rival, person enjoying success or advantage or against another’s success or advantage itself.

Envy

1. A longing to possess something awarded to or achieved by another

I have struggled with both of these.  The main difference is jealousy denotes a resentment that another has gained something. This has been a recent struggle that has reared it’s ugly head!

In my experiences, either because we are in the South (raised with Southern hospitality) or because we are Mexican-American (don’t talk about our feelings), we mostly have not been taught to deal with or even acknowledge these feelings. IF we do talk about them, we usually make it gossip or chisme. We criticize la otra or others. Because if we can make him/her look bad, then we are justified in our feelings without having to admit we are jealous.

GREEN EYED MONSTER? photo from sxc.hu

Where I have noticed the green-eyed monster come out is in the area of career and success. Here are two examples of how I have recognized that I am jealous at times and envious at other times. And it’s not always with rivals but sometimes even friends. It ain’t pretty.

I am envious of someone else’s rockin’ project. I put a bid in to work on that project. It  just seems to be the coolest organization; they are so great at what they do; AND it is a well-paid gig.

I am envious. I long to possess such an awesome project.

I am jealous of a friend’s successful career. She is respected and has many recognized accomplishments. However, she’s made light of how much effort she actually gives, I don’t think that she really deserves her level of success.

(I told you it’s not pretty.)

I am jealous. I don’t want her life.

I just resent that she has had so much success with such little effort.

Looking for guidance, I began reading scriptures that teach us that being jealous is essentially bad for us and to not be jealous. (ok, that sounds right.) I also began reading devotionals on and offline. In one of the devotionals, these words jumped off the page:

“Jealousy can be a feeling of not believing you are enough.”

OUCH! That is the stabbing pain from the reality of the statement. Whether you believe in Jesus, the Universe or any higher power, it makes sense. If we (I) knew and actually believed – 100% of the time – that we are (I am) exactly where we (I) should be at the exact time and place, others’ success wouldn’t turn us (me) in to the green-eyed monster.

Here’s my plan to overcome this:

1. Prayer and meditation. I know how to do this: My post on thoughts and meditation.

2. Be willing to do the work!  Someone brilliant once told me: Jealousy can be a good thing if it makes you work harder to reach your goals.

3. Stop worrying about me and start to focus on helping others. Helping others with no expectations in return is like a golden ticket to enjoying life.

Do you know a Jealous Jane?

Can you recognize areas in your life where you might be seeing the green-eyed monster?

Can you get real about it?

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Learn to select your thoughts like your clothes

7 Jun

You have to learn to select your thoughts the same way that you select your clothes every day. Now that’s a power you can cultivate. -Richard from Texas, Eat. Pray. Love.

From YouTube – movieclips.com

Whether you love or hate Eat. Pray. Love., this statement rings true. For me, this is a daily struggle challenge. My goals for my career & education, my blog, my health, my giving back to the community and my family are big and lofty goals.

The only thing between me and reaching those goals are the thoughts that I choose everyday. Admittedly, it can be down to the thoughts that I choose each minute. There are moments that I think, “Well, I’m just too tired.” or “I can do it later.” or “It’s not fair!” or “Does it really matter if I workout or complete this blog post?” … Do you ever have thoughts like these?

Meditation is important to be able to get your mind to a place where you can choose your thoughts. There are several styles of meditation: in Eat. Pray. Love. Liz (Julia Roberts) attempts meditation a meditation room in India and then in Bali, her medicine man, Ketut teaches her a simple meditation – to sit and smile. I choose a Christian mediation. I call myself a stumbling follower of Christ because … well, though I desire to love others and work like Christ, I am far from it and I stumble. A lot. So, meditating on His Word can help me when choosing my thoughts.

Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. -Phil 4:8

Here are some thoughts I use to replace the negative thoughts:  “Today matters!” and “I do not wait until tomorrow to do what I can do today.” and “Working out is important and fun.” and “My future is my responsibility.” and “I rise every day and put my hope in God’s truths.”

Thanks to my friend Libby I. Juliá-Vázquez and More than Latina for sharing this photo and her response:

Make everyday significant!

It made me think:  if I choose the positive thoughts,each day will be significant and my fabulous outfits won’t go to waste!  🙂

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