This play by Silvia Gonzlez S. depicts the familiar situation of the immigrant family living in two worlds.
Papa longs to return to Mexico and attempts to dominate his son, forbidding hip-hop and the English language. His son Henry is a fully-adapted university-bound Latino. Mama tries to quiet the waters disturbed by Papa’s attempts at dominance. Oliviero is a freelance philosopher outside of the family who consoles Henry. The Girl is a sweet character who can only be seen by Papa. Four unseen spirits intermingle with the characters.
The production’s excellent tension is generated by the strength of the actors. Ramon Busto’s Papa is autocratic, romantic, and out of control. He cannot display his vulnerability and instead plays the macho man and risks everything he loves most. Maurice Suarez’s Henry opposes Papa with strength, flexibility and intelligence. He cannot obey his father and be who he wants to be. If he cannot make peace with his father, he loses everything. The rivalry drives Henry out of the house toward Oliviero’s good-humored advice.
Steve Ortiz plays the avuncular Oliviero and Claudio Rio plays Mama. The Girl is played well by Zena Michelsen and the spirits are played by Glen Caspillo, Jason Bustos, Paul Lawrence Delucchi III and Cynthia Nunez. David Acevedo directs.
Teatro Unidos and Royce Gallery provide an intimate theatre experience. You are sitting in the living room of the family working their way through their situation. The Migrant Farm Worker’s Son plays at the Royce Gallery 2901 Mariposa in San Francisco until October 26th 2013. Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/463213
The works of Silvia Gonzlez S. can be found at http://www.silviagonzalezs.com