Little Red at Casa0101: A Review

An entertaining and priceless lesson of love, respect and friendship

By Jimmy Centeno, Contributing Writer
Published on LatinoLA: July 16, 2015

Little Red at Casa0101: A Review

Little Red is a homegrown play with an abundant cast of Latino/a Chicano/a talent. Music by Quetzal Flores is played by an all-female Chicana punk rock band the Jack B Nimbles. The extraordinary music resonates with traditional Mexican ballads and corridos with a Chicana punk twist.

Directed by Edward Padilla, Little Red first came into the scene in 2006. It is a play that centers on family and tradition. Little Red's journey, played by Mia Xitlali, is put to the test as she comes of age. El Dia Del Sendero (The Day of the Path) comes and it is now up to Little Red to make that journey across the Holly-Woods. She must deliver a basket with medicine and treats to her abuela (grandmother) played by Blanca Aracely Soto. It's comical and bilingually interactive with a Meso-American touch reflected by an owl (Amir Levi/Reggie De Leon) as the messenger.

Rebellious and feisty and in search of her own identity, Little Red questions the Journey and doubts the significance of this tradition that has been handed down for generations. Jumping and zig-zagging across the stage, Little Red sings out, "Why, Why, Why must I carry this tradition" to her mother Rosa (Valeria Maldonado). After much debate Little Red accepts the journey. The challenges and the distractions faced by Little Red will be a test of maturity and understanding as she encounters Don Coyote (Ray James Steward De La Fuente), the big bad Don in the play and Corky (Xolo Mariduena/Ryan Vo), the high spirited and comical scout.

What comes after will be a priceless lesson of love, respect and friendship. It is a play that speaks to the infinite patience required between parents, sons and daughters as they come of age. Little Red reinforces that positive traditional values carry lessons that can help shape a healthy community, a family and bring about self dignity.

Now through August 2, 2015
Fridays at 8PM, Saturdays at 3PM & 8PM, Sundays at 5PM

CASA 0101 Theater
2102 E. 1st St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: (323) 263-7684
Email: info@casa0101.org


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