left: Alexa Ponton, Rama Malinak, Marlis Argueta, Ricardo
Not pictured: Edgar Arce and Paul Loomis
Telash, Asheville's Spanish-language theatre
company, will stage the original piece "Contamos todos" at 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, May 1-2, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 3, in UNC
Asheville's Highsmith University Union Grotto. The group is a
collaboration between UNC Asheville and the local Latino community.
The performance will be multilingual, weaving together vignettes
showing many of the challenges that immigrants face in their adopted
county. The event is free and open to the public, but a $5 donation
is suggested. Ticket reservations are strongly advised.
"Contamos todos" is written and directed by Lule Rosenbaun, UNC
Asheville foreign languages lecturer. Additional contributions to
the script include interviews conducted by the local organizations
Nuestro Centro, Together We Read, Emma Resource Center and El Centro
Cumunitario. The show tackles a number of stereotypes that Latinos
face, while also presenting some of the more humorous moments that
arise from societal and language differences.
"Our intention is to stay away from a monolithic view of the Latino
community and to explore some of the points of friction the
interviewees brought up," Rosenbaun said. "With the current
political and economic climate, the everyday tensions that come to
surface due to language, background and legal status became even
more salient. I believe that there is a pressing need to experience
real stories, and what is happening in the community regarding those
"Contamos todos" is Telash's sixth production and its first original
work; previously, the company has presented works by renowned Latino
and Spanish playwrights. In addition, Telash has taken their shows
on the road to the University of Georgia and the University of
Telash was founded in 2004 with the goal of uniting diverse
communities throughout Western North Carolina through the
exploration and presentation of theater arts in Spanish. The company
is sponsored by UNC Asheville's Foreign Languages Department and the
UNC Asheville student group HOLA (Hispanic Outreach for Learning
Awareness). The 2009 production is co-sponsored by La Voz
Independiente, a Western North Carolina Spanish-language newspaper.
For more information or to reserve a ticket, call Rosenbaun at
828/250-2388 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Telash and the
production, go to www.telash.org.