ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A dramatization of Rudolfo Anaya’s iconic work, Bless Me, Ultima is hitting the stage at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. It is a story from the point of view of the Author, Tony, as a grown man, remembering the childhood rites of passage that eventually turned him into the mature product of that experience.
He remembers a serious boy of six, attempting to make sense of the world around him and grappling with the opposing expectations of his mother’s farming family and his father’s vaquero family. From his first meeting with the mysterious Ultima, a curandera (a healer) who comes to live with his family, Tony turns to her for advice as he tries to understand himself and the conflicts and contradictions around him. As his enlightenment progresses, he realizes there are different views on how the world operates, and, empowered by Ultima’s faith and teachings, learns to confront his fears, accept the cultural and religious differences within his community, and seek his own destiny. The time is the mid-1940s at the end of World War II, and the place is Guadalupe, a rural town in east central New Mexico.
Co-produced by The Vortex Theatre, this is apart of the Siembra, Latino Theatre Festival. It kicks off April 16 and goes through April 19. Showtimes are 7:30 pm, Thursday-Saturday and 2 pm, Saturday & Sunday at the Albuquerque Journal Theatre. Tickets are $17, $22, and $27 with $3 discount for students & seniors.