‘BI-’ production arrives April 26 in Hood River

Columbia Gorge Community College is proud to present “BI-“ on Thursday, April 26, at 6 p.m. in the Hood River Middle School Theatre, 1602 May Street, Hood River. The event is free and open to the public.

Left: Sierra Brambila performing as Isal RightLSierra Bramila, Ajai Terrazas Tripathi, and Justin Charles perform in Teatro Milagro’s production of Bi-
Photo credit: Russell Young

Inspired by the book Flatland, by Edwin Abbott, and set in the year 2073 in Tierra Plana, a new nation of squares, walls, and all sorts of boxes, Bi– will break open the boxes of selective classification and raise the question, “What is your ‘bi-dentity?”

Bi- is a story of “What if” of an unknown place and time, in which geometric beings created their own societal classism. Intertwined with a collection of real-life stories, Bi- follows four friends in Tierra Plana, uncovering the secret mysteries of a hidden past of multicultural people. In the tale of Bi- Tierra Plana is a place where young people want to break out of categories and face the dangerous unknown in a brave new world.

The 2018 world premiere of Bi– is devised and directed by Georgina Escobar, and developed with Dañel Malán and Ajai Terrazas Tripathi through a collection of personal interviews of individuals with dual identities. Infused with poetic narrative, dance movement choreographed by Gabriela Portuguez, and surreal entourage of illumination and design, Bi– will examine the spaces in between labels, and intersections of identity. Teatro Milagro’s new touring actors, Justin Charles, Kenyon Acton and Sierra Brambila round out the creative ensemble.

Biracial and multiracial Americans are growing at a rate three times as fast as the population as a whole, yet a Pew Research Center survey found that over half of multiracial people have reported that they have been subjected to racial slurs or jokes and have felt pressured to identify as a single race. Like multiracial people, bisexual and queer people face ‘unique stressors,’ where they are oftentimes stereotyped and misunderstood, even within the LGBTQ population.

The hour long play will be followed by a half hour Q&A session in which audience members may make comment and provide their thoughts as well as ask questions of the cast.

The production is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. For information, contact Susan Lewis, (541) 506.6047 or email slewis@cgcc.edu.

The 2018 National tour of BI– is funded in part with support from Juan Young Trust, Oregon Arts Commission and the Carpenter Foundation.

The production is devised and directed by Georgina Escobar, and choreographed by Gabriela Portuguez. It’s a bilingual production from Teatro Milagro.

Columbia Gorge Community College is an equal opportunity educator and employer. For special access needs, contact Shayna Dahl at 541.506.6046, sdahl@cgcc.edu.