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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