Óyeme, the Beautiful
Written by Miriam Gonzales
Directed by Elena Velasco
Most appropriate for Grades 7+
Laura and Valentina are teenagers just trying to make it through another day in middle school. However, unlike many of their peers, they are refugees from Central America who have fled brutal violence in their home countries to find shelter and pursue their dreams in the United States. Step inside their shoes, hear their stories, see their struggle, and feel their strength as we move through their day. Óyeme, the Beautiful brings to light the undaunted courage and beautiful spirit that fuels these young people, and teaches us the power of friendship, family, and hope.
Performances are followed by a 30-minute audience workshop led by an Imagination Stage teaching artist. Performance and workshop running time is 75 minutes. Schools and community groups must be able to designate a 20×20 open space (or stage) for our set and performers.
Thanks to the support of the Multi Arts Program fund, we will be developing a new play in collaboration with DC area refugee youth throughout 2021. If you are interested in learning more, partnering, or supporting this work, please contact [email protected].