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Play ‘La Casa Rosa’ addresses issue of migration to U.S.

Play ‘La Casa Rosa’ addresses issue of migration to U.S.

WESTFIELD, Mass., February 5, 2016- Westfield State University will host a performance of “La Casa Rosa” by CAFAMI (El Centro de Atención a la Familia Migrante Indigena), an acting troupe based out of Tlaxcala, Mexico, on Wednesday, February 10 at 6 p.m. in Dever Stage. Free and open to the public, the event is sponsored by the Westfield State University Departments of Education, Ethnic and Gender Studies, and World Languages.

“La Casa Rosa” is an original play written by Daniel Carlton and Matlalcueyetl about the consequences of migration and the preservation of culture and tradition in Tlaxcala, Mexico. It follows the stories of women who are left behind in Mexico as their sons, husbands, and fathers migrate to the U.S. in search of work. The play runs for an hour and a half without an intermission. “La Casa Rosa” will be performed in Spanish with English subtitles projected onto a screen.

CAFAMI translates to the Migrant Family Support Center. Its mission is to bring awareness and attack the root causes of migration and reduce the negative impact of migration that separate families and threaten the local way of life.

The women of the CAFAMI theater troop are all relatives of migrants in the U.S. As part of their larger mission, the organization produces and performs plays about the realities of migration. The plays are all based on their personal narratives.

The event was organized by Ramon Vasquez, assistant professor of education.

“In my multicultural education class I examine the challenges faced by children of migrant parents in U.S. schools,” Vasquez said. “This play provides a different perspective about migrant issues.”

Dever Stage is located in Parenzo Hall. For more information about the event, contact Ramon Vasquez at RVasquez@westfield.ma.edu.