Teatro Chicano offers comedy by local playwright
Laredo Little Theatre
4802 Thomas Avenue
Laredo Community College’s Teatro Chicano de Laredo and Laredo Little Theatre, Inc. are joining forces for the sixth consecutive year to present the play The Thirteenth Sacrament, written by local playwright Oscar O. Peña.
The play opens on Friday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. at the Laredo Little Theatre, located at 4802 Thomas Avenue.
The dark-comedy revolves around Pepe, a terminally ill patient who requests that his ex-wife kill him before he dies of natural causes. The play offers a light-hearted view of neurosis, guilt and redemption and offers a humanistic reinterpretation of the afterlife. The play is intended for mature audiences.
“This is not a play about assisted suicide; it’s a play about murder between consenting adults,” Peña said. “The Thirteenth Sacrament is very personal to me. It grew out of my experiences watching my father die quickly and my grandmother pass away slowly. I have attempted to take these experiences and filter the depth, the emotion, and the humor (believe it or not), and turn it into an entertaining play. I don’t know if it’s therapeutic, but I do know that this is the text that poured out of my innermost consciousness.”
Peña has been a member of the Teatro Chicano de Laredo for five years and has written, directed and acted in numerous previous productions, including Manila Folder (writer and actor), Terminal Velocity (writer and actor), and Bridges by Luis E. Flores (director and actor).
The father of four young sons, Peña is the president of the Board of the Laredo Little Theatre, Inc. and he is a local criminal defense trial attorney in private practice.
In a serendipitous display of life imitating art, Peña most recently appeared as the criminal defense lawyer Billy Flynn in Chicago (LITE) and as the frustrated stage director, Lloyd Dallas, in Noises Off (Laredo Little Theatre).
Knowing how difficult it is to act in and direct the same production, Peña resisted the temptation to appear in his own play, but he will be co-directing the play together with his wife, Doreen Puig–Peña.
Doreen also is no stranger to the stage, having appeared in Dangerous Liaisions (LLT), El Partido (Teatro Chicano de Laredo), Chicago (LITE), and Extremities (LCC Summer Stock).
“I am thrilled to be working with my wife on this project,” Peña said. “It makes us happy to spend time working on creative endeavors like this one. We love being together. She helped me write the play over the course of several months in 2013 and 2014.”
TAMIU Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium Show
TAMIU Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center and Planetarium
The Texas A&M International University Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium will show:
Saturday, March 29
3pm- Zula Patrol: Under the Weather*
4pm- Black Holes
5pm- The Great Space Race
6pm- Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon**
General Admission is $4 children and $5 adults.
**Premium shows $1 more.
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