Sembrando Herencia 2019
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 3:00 pm
(American Sign Language interpretation available on Sunday)
Boyd Vance Theater
George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center
1165 Angelina St, Austin, TX 78702
Join Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance for our 17th original, bilingual performance that celebrates unsung heroes of Puerto Rican history through community theater—featuring acting, live music, and dance.
The mid-19th century was a time of urban upheaval in the Spanish-colonial city of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The elite residents of San Juan imagined transforming their city into a model of modernity. They would pave the streets and construct beautiful buildings to rival the great cities of Spain. It would be the shining star of the Caribbean. To achieve this vision, they would need to eliminate the arrabales (slums) that stood in the path of the new construction. The working-class people who lived there would be forced to move outside of the city walls where they would no longer “detract” from its elegance.
Our story pays tribute to the Lavanderas (laundresses)—an organized group of courageous women who were not afraid to stand up to the patriarchal, colonial government. The city could not function without them, yet their social status meant that they were no longer welcome in the city they served. Evicted from their homes and struggling to maintain their livelihood, they fought for their rights to better living and working conditions and cemented their place in history.
Written by Tekina-eiru Maynard, the story of Las Lavanderas would not have been possible without the academic research and oral histories shared by Aixa Merino Falu, Zulmarie Alverio, Jesus Reyes, and Nelie Lebron. Many thanks to these unsung heroes who continue the fight to preserve Puerto Rican heritage!
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Adult ticket – $15.00 in advance
($20.00 day of show)
Child ticket (ages 3-12) – $5.00
Lap children (under 3) – Free!
No extra fees to buy tickets online!
Carver Museum & Cultural Center
Open seating. Doors open ~30 minutes before each show.
Tickets purchased online will be available at the theater on the day of the show. Visit the “Will Call” desk to pick up your tickets when you arrive.
Sembrando Herencia 2019 is made possible in part with sponsorships from Shack Caribbean Seafood & Grill and the Annual Puerto Rican Heritage Festival (Harker Heights), and with grants from Humanities Texas, state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Austin Parks & Recreation, Museums & Cultural Programs.
The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided by calling (512) 974-3914 or Relay Texas 7-1-1.