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"La Posarela"

The cast and crew of "La Posarela" pose for a portrait at African American Art & Culture Complex in San Francisco.

Adelyna Tirado

The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company presents "La Posarela" Dec. 14-17 at the Brava Theater Center, 2781 24th St., in San Francisco.

The musical comedy by Carlos Baron, directed by Marcelo Javier Pereira, is the heartwarming “teatronovela” of José y María (Joseph and Mary) who, after leaving their home behind to find a safe life for their baby Jesús, must obey the absurd immigration orders of a mad emperor. Originally commissioned and produced by the Community Music Center, it tells the story two immigrants battling racism, xenophobia, gentrification, misogyny and fear on their difficult journey.  

Baron has acted and directed professionally in the Bay Area, for the last 40 years. He has worked with many theater companies, including The Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The San José Repertory Theater, The Magic Theater, The Thick Description and The One Act Theatre Company. He has also performed in the USA, Chile, México, Cuba and El Salvador, in both English and Spanish. He is a co-founder of La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, and the founder and artistic director of Teatro Latino of San Francisco.

A preview on Thursday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. is Pay-What-You-Can Night. The opening night, on Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. includes a pre-show toast at 7 p.m. Additional performances are on Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2 and 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. 

Tickets are $15-$40 and available at sfbatco.org/laposarela. Email info@sfbatco.org for more information.

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