Mina Garcia brings Mexican theater company to Elon

Associate professor of Spanish Mina Garcia brought a Mexican theater company to Elon to present several Cervantes' interludes on Oct. 15.  

As part of the celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month, and in colaboration with Susanne Shawyer, Assistant Professor of Theater, EFE Tres Teatro presented Cervantes’ interludes El Merolico, a one-man show that brought to life multiple characters.In an effort to be as inclusive as possible, captions in English were provided to help the audience follow along.

As part of its visit, this company from Mexico City really made an effort to get to know Elon joining the Polyglot lunch, giving a talk for the Latin-American Studies minors and teaching Dr. Garcia´s advanced Spanish class.

In all those venues, the company had the opportunity to talk about its mission: to make the classics relevant for today’s audience and to make Golden Age Spain fun and approachable.

This was evident in the show where more than 70 people in attendance laughed from beginning to end and stayed for more than half-an-hour while the company entertained questions. It was a great opportunity to take learning into a new environment and a good reminder that language is more than grammar, but rather that it’s attached to communities, cultures and history, an invitation to open our minds to understand that the production of culture and the relationships between cultures are best seen from a global perspective