¡Bocón! by Lisa Loomer
July 10 - July 27, 2014
Apollinaire Theatre Company’s 11th year of offering free bilingual productions on alternating nights in English and Spanish in Chelsea’s Mary O’Malley Park features 2 plays about crossing borders, fear of the Others among us, linguistic slight of hand, and finding one’s voice in the chaos.
¡Bocón!, a fable filled with humor and mysticism and song, tells the story of twelve-year-old Miguel who flees a repressive military regime in Central America for Los Angeles.
A natural storyteller and irrepressible "big mouth" or bocón, Miguel loses his voice when his parents are taken, and he begins a metaphorical journey north to the City of Angels. Along the way he meets up with an unusual traveling companion, La Llorona, the legendary "Weeping Woman" of Mexican and Central American mythology. Through their magical friendship, Miguel finds his voice and the courage to cross the border to a new life.
"Bocón! is written to be understood in both English and Spanish.
"Bocón! is a children's play...but playwright Lisa Loomer offers so much for the adult mind to ponder. It would certainly be a shame to think that you can only see the show if you drag a kid along...the depth of Loomer's writing makes it more of an adult show suitable for the whole family." -Chicago Reader
In Apollinaire summer tradition, the audience will move with the action. Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets and beach chairs, and a picnic to enjoy along with the Boston harbor views.