Spanish language play April 19

Teatro Milagro presents El Payaso by Emilio Rodriguez and directed by Georgina Escobar at Centralia College at 1 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in Corbet Theatre. This is a bilingual production, presented in Spanish and English.

The performances are free and open to everyone.

Milagro Theatre Photo by Russell J YoungABOUT THE PLAY
Amidst chaos, confusion and war, Ben Linder, an American engineer, worked to bring electricity to rural villages in Nicaragua. El Payaso invites the audience to learn the story of an incredible man and the extraordinary people with whom he unexpectedly connected.

In 1987, Ben Linder was killed by Contras in Nicaragua, during a war that was fueled by the Reagan administration of the United States. For the 30th anniversary of Ben’s passing, this play shares an inspirational story of one idealist who saw the potential of art and science to help save the world, one small village at a time

Our tale is told through the eyes of Elías, a Latino college student, traveling to Nicaragua 30 years later, to encounter the people who are still carrying on the work of the late Ben Linder. An engineer and a clown for a cause, Linder participated in rallies and health campaigns that brought vaccines to children. His memory lives on in the work of Clowns without Borders and various environmental groups that are collaborating to bring this story to life. With red noses and humor, the performers will share the value of “thinking globally, while acting locally.”

El Payaso community partners include: Clowns without Borders, Verde, the Ben Linder Scholarship Fund, the Intertwine Alliance, and Friends of Trees.

As the premier Latino arts and culture center of the Pacific Northwest, Milagro has provided extraordinary Latino theatre, culture, and arts education for the enrichment of all communities since 1985.

Teatro Milagro, Milagro’s touring and arts education program, presents its original bilingual plays and educational residencies to diverse and underserved communities across the nation. On the mainstage, Milagro produces a full season of regional or world premieres, including one Spanish-language play each year, as well as our long-running Día de los Muertos signature production. We entertain our audiences; we give them pause to think, feel and imagine; and, through the cultural lens of latinidad, we reflect the full spectrum of humanity.

For more information about Milagro, visit or call 503-236-7253.


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