The Joy Returns
From Su Teatro Executive Artistic Director Tony Garcia:
The shaking, rattling and excitement vibrating throughout the Martinez Performing Hall at Su Teatro, is more than the sound of a powerful, profound and beautiful play being performed: it is the sound of the joy returning.
If the passing of Shadow Theatre founder Jeffrey Nickelson four years ago represented a low point for the African-American theatre community, this year marks a great resurgence lead by The SOURCE Theatre Company, with the successful production of their original work, In the Presence of God, and now the co-production of The Gospel at Colonus. The play was a legendary production when produced by the Eulipions Inc. in 1989 and established a benchmark for African-American theatre in Denver.
It left an indelible impression on my psyche.
Su Teatro’s production of this play is more than a desire to revisit one of the greatest experiences I have had in theater. It really represents a path that the Latino community and African-American community have walked together.
The Sophocles play about the last tragic days of Oedipus set to the soul stirring music of a black chuch, integrate in a Latino cast, and we have a vibrant, passionate and joyful celebration of the soul.