Óyeme, the Beautiful
Written by Miriam Gonzales
Directed by Elena Velasco
Tour dates: March 11 – April 5, 2019

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. 


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¡Óyeme! in the News

BBC World News America:


¡Óyeme! is a collaborative project that responds to the surge of refugee children fleeing violence from Central America who have arrived in Montgomery County. Many of the children have experienced horrific circumstances in their country of origin, as well as in the migration here.


Our Project partners include Imagination Stage, The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), Montgomery County Department of Recreation, Council member Nancy Navarro, and the Department of Health and Human Service’s Street Outreach Network (SON).


¡Óyeme! strives to provide a creative arts outlet for young people, utilizing best practice culturally-based, trauma-informed theatre and arts activities to create a sense of community among the participants, and provide a safe space for immigrant youth to share their stories. Our hope is that as a result of our efforts not only will the children feel welcomed, but they can begin the healing process that will allow them to assimilate into their new community. There is no better way to connect to another human being than through the arts.


Our Education Team is currently working on Óyeme workshops with youth in partnership with Street Outreach Network (Montgomery County Health and Human Services), Kids in Need of Defense, and Watkins Mill High School ESOL classes. Students in these programs utilize the arts to share their own stories through poetry, performances and writing. Based on the experiences of the young people in the Óyeme workshops, Imagination Stage commissioned the play Óyeme, the Beautiful to build empathy and understanding in the community.


Jeff Sachs

Education Associate
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Chelsey Christensen
Director of Development
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Thank You to Our Lead Supporters

Inter-American Development Bank
Truman Charities
Doris Duke Foundation

Hispanic Heritage Foundation
Montgomery County Department of Recreation