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September 22, 2017

La Gringa in Holyoke

The Urban Theater Company is visiting Holyoke during the weekend of September 22 to 24. As part of the celebration of The 2nd Annual Taste of South Holyoke Festival, they will present ‘La Gringa’ at El Mercado, 413 Main Street in South Holyoke.

We had a conversation on stage, with the whole cast and crew, about their experience visiting Holyoke and their interaction with students from Morgan School, Kelly School, and LightHouse, who attended their rehearsal, previous to the recording of this podcast session.


Palante Theater Company is an affiliated organization of the Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, MiFA, created on 2016 with the goal of opening a black box theater on Main Street in Holyoke. Proceeds from this show will go towards that goal. This is the first collaboration between Palante Theater and the Urban Theater Company of Chicago.

La Gringa’s showing is a part of the 2nd Annual Taste of South Holyoke Festival in the heart of South Holyoke and the Puerto Rican Cultural District. This show is sponsored in part by the Holyoke Cultural Council, Nueva Esperanza Inc, City Councilor Nelson Rafael Roman and the City of Holyoke.

At the time of this recording, Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd night shows are sold out. You can get tickets for the matinee performances of La Gringa on September 23rd and 24th at MiFA’s website:


Jharikem Borrero Irrizarry – Nuestras Raíces Harvest Festival


Jharikem Borrero Irrizarry is the Outreach Coordinator at Nuestras Raíces. On this session, she shares information about the 25th Anniversary celebration of this organization, and invites the public to their Harvest Festival, happening on September 30th.


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