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Alcanzando Un Sueño

Alcanzando Un Sueño

BY JESSICA KENT Times staff writer

February 19, 2001

Raquel Valle Senties, Laredo playwrite, will have the city’s premier of two plays next week at the Laredo Little Theater. Alcanzando Suefio, a Spanish play written in 1989, is a story she based on a family found living in Nuevo Laredo in the middle of winter. A family with children living in a building with no roof. “They had come down from wherever they were in a cart hauled by a donkey,” Senties said. They had a picture of them in the newspaper and people started sending in money and food. “And somebody even lent them a house td live in,” she added. The play is based on those events but the story is completely fiction, Senties explained. “1 never interviewed the family.” The play takes place back where the family lived before coming to Nuevo Laredo and focuses on what happened to make them leave and what happens to them in Nuevo Laredo. In 1990, Alcanzando Suet°, won 3rd place in the Chicano Literary Contest from the University of California, Irvine. La Mala Onda de Johnny Rivera, a bilingual play, takes place in Laredo at a ficticious high school. “It’s about students, their problems with their parents, with their friends and with drugs,” Senties said. In 1995, La Mala Onda de Johnny Rivera, won a workshop in San Francisco
and they had a stage reading of it at the Teatro de Esperanza. Senties, the daughter of Mrs. Raquel Valle Tierros and the late Daniel Valle Tierros, was born and raised in Laredo. She is the mother of five sons and the grandmother of five. Senties is a writer, poet and artist. Currently she is painting a series of Chicana writers that she hopes to exhibit next year. She has a published collection of poetry, Soy Como Soy y Que, which won the Jose Fuentes Mares Literature Prize awarded by the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. “When I won, it was the 12th year they had given out the prize, and for the first time in 12 years women won,” Senties said. She has also been published in numerous magazines in the U.S. and Mexico. In 1999 she was chosen Writer of the Year in Nuevo Laredo by Taller de Arte Renacimiento, a group of witers. Senties said she is looking forward to seeing her plays on stage at the Laredo Little Theater. The two productions are being performed at the same time with intermission between each one. Jeannie Lopez, 2000 Director of the Year, is directing Alcanzando Suetio and Adalberto Chavarria is directing La Mala Onda De Johnny Rivera. Opening night , is Friday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. Other showtimes are Saturday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 for all seats and will be sold at the door.

Alcanzando Un Sueño

Alcanzando Un Sueño

 

La Mala Onda De Johnny Rivera

La Mala Onda De Johny Rivera

La Mala Onda De Johnny Rivera

Laredo Morning Times

November 19, 2010

The Laredo Center for the Arts is pleased to presents La Mala Onda de Johnny Rivera, a play written by award winning artist, Raquel Senties and directed by Alberto Guaiardo on Nov. 19 and Nov 20 at a showing at 8 pm. and on Nov. 21 at 3 pm. it was one of the plays chosen to participate in the Isadora Aguirre Workshop in San Francisco, Ca. and had a stage reading at the Teatro de la Esperanza with professional actors.

It premiered in McAllen in 2000 at thexTeatro de NuestraCultura under the direction of Pedro Garcia and was produced by the Laredo Little Theater in 2001. It’s written in English, Spanish and Spanglish.

The play is set in the present time in a classroom at Kennedy High. It stars Jason Barrera as “Johnny Rivera,” Fernanda Price as “Cindy Cardenas,” Jenniffer Hachar as “Lupita Trevino,” and Juan Javier Sanchez as “Raymundo Gonzalez aka Mundo aka El Ranas.” Gloria Martinez plays “Mrs. Cardenas, Cindy’s mother. Edna Garcia plays “Mrs. Treio” their English teacher.

It’s the end of October and they’re writing “calaveras” for El Dia de los Muertos. The message of the play is: Don’t do drugs. Don’t get pregnant. Don’t drop out of school. This is a serious problem affecting our schools locally and across the nation. The play does not offer solutions, hower it is a wakeup call to parents and their children.

“La Mala Onda de Johnny Rivera” Senties way of trying to make people more aware of what’s going on in their children’s lives and strives to make teens realize the consequences of choosing the wrong road.

Senties was born and raised in Laredo and started writing in 1988 after taking a class in creative writing at Laredo Junior College. She is the mother of five sons, Daniel, Juan Manuel, Jorge, Rogelio and Rodolfo. Senties, then opened Taylor Rental Center, the first rental center in the city, in 1979 and was the first woman to own and manage a rental center in the United States in 1999, her book of poetry “Soy Como Soy y Que” won the prestigious international prize Jose à Fuentes Mares awarded by the Universidad Autnoma de Cuidad Juarez, Chihuahua and it was the first time a woman won this prize. Senties’ poetry has been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies in the United States, Mexico and lndia. She has also written four short plays and two other full length plays, “Alcanzando Un Sueno” all in Spanish and “Path of Marigolds” which was the first Laredo play to be taken on tour. “Path of Marigolds” played in Mc’Allen at the Teatro de Nuestra Cultura under the direction of Alberto Guajardo and at the Jumpstart Theater in San Antonio.

La Mala Onda De Johny Rivera

La Mala Onda De Johnny Rivera

La Mala Onda De Johny Rivera

La Mala Onda De Johnny Rivera

 

La Mala Onda De Johny Rivera

La Mala Onda De Johnny Rivera

Path of Marigolds

Path of Marigolds

The play is set on the eve of El Dia de Los Muertos. Ariana has invited her friend Consuelo over for dinner. The table is set for 5 people and Consuelo wonders why. Ariana explains about her imaginary guests who just happen to be dead, Marilyn Monroe, Frida Kahlo, and Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. Ariana is separated from an abusive, alcoholic husband and is debating whether to get the divorce or give him another chance. The spirits come to help Ariana with her problem.

Path Of Marigolds

Path Of Marigolds

Pictures Of Play Path Of Marigolds

Path Of Marigolds

Path Of Marigolds

Path Of Marigolds

Pictures Of Play Path Of Marigolds

As Marylin Monroe

Pictures Of Play Path Of Marigolds

Path Of Marigolds At The Jumpstart Theatre in San Antonio, Texas With Vicky Carr

Pictures Of Play Path Of Marigold

Vicky Carr, With Raquel Valle Senties and Tricia Cortez

Pictures Of Play Path Of Marigold

Path Of Marigolds