On Saturday, September 14, 2013, actors and actresses from the El Tecolote Theatre Company graced the stage of the Museo Nacional De Arte Mexicano, located 1852 W. 19th Street, to put on a production to depict Hidalgo's passion. This production also toured to Casa Michoacan and Mortan H.S.
As the story goes, Reverend Hidalgo was an advocate for Mexican Independence. His mission was to free the citizens from the bondage of Spain during the early 1800's. The play consisted of eight phenomenal scenes that allowed the audience to journey back in time to an era of history in which gaining Mexican Independence from Spain was top priority. The play showed how poor people were abused by people of power. Lack of resources such as food, shelter, and education were injustices inflicted upon the people of Mexico under the rule of Spain. They even endured acts of slavery against them.
Ultimately, the army, clergy, government officials, and Reverend Hidalgo conspired to conquer Spain. These individuals joined together for a planning party (la tertulia) to create a plan of action and initiate the movement for Mexican Independence. The last few scenes provided spectators with the grueling image of the cruel death of captains, officials, as well as Reverend Hidalgo after Spain's government officials discovered the conspiracy. However, the movement for Mexican Independence continued until freedom was won.
On September 16, 1810, Mexican Independence began. A party was held in the middle of town to celebrate (la plaza del pueblo). Eleven years later, Mexico was finally independent from Spain! This was an excellent display of talent. The actors and actresses made the audience feel as though they were there over 200 years ago. Spectators could feel the emotions and spirit of the production.
Wishing you were there for the experience? Well, wish no more. You can see this dynamic rendition of La Pasion De Hidalgo for its' encore presentation on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at Universidad Popular (26th and Hamlin; Chicago, Illinois).