Friday, 18 April 2014 08:23
After directing nearly 60 plays in the Valley over the last 17 years, local theater director, Pedro Garcia, continues his sights on filmmaking. His next story is a screenplay he wrote and revised in a period of 13 months titled, “La Soldadera.” The Pharr Community Theater will present a staged reading of the script on Friday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, April 26, at 3 p.m. at the Carnahan Auditorium at 317 W. Gore Street in Pharr.
The story is in Spanish and is set in two countries—the USA and in Mexico. It's the tale of a Mexican woman named Marisol, a wife and mother of two children in her 30s. Having endured years of domestic abuse from her husband, she manages to escape. On a circuitous journey into the USA, she garnishes the self-esteem, the knowledge and the courage to return to her town and to regain a decent life for herself, her children and for others like her.
At the beginning of the story, Marisol wishes she had the courage of a Soldadera, a woman soldier who accompanied men into battle during the Mexican Revolution. Although years have passed since those timely struggles for equality in Mexico, Marisol sees the images of these courageous soldier women on old movies on her small black and white TV screen and wishes she had their valor.