The Loyola University Department of Theatre Arts and Dance and director Laura Hope kick off the 2012-2013 season with the New Orleans premiere of Tanya Saracho’s El Nogalar, an explosive tale of humor and heartache in today’s changing Mexico.
El Nogalar (The Pecan Orchard) is a contemporary adaptation inspired by Anton Chekhov’s classic The Cherry Orchard. In Chekhov’s classic, the family comes home a few months before they lose their orchard due to debt. Similarly, El Nogalar finds an upper-class Mexican family about to lose their orchard. Set in present-day Northern Mexico, it charts the family’s experience as their way of life is threatened by encroaching drug cartels, violence and economic upheaval.
El Nogalar is a comical and moving story about family, self-identity and how one defines home when it is set against the encroaching issues plaguing Mexico today.