‘Roosters’ explores migrant culture

By LARRY GAURANO

“Roosters,” a passionate drama by playwright Milcha Sanchez-Scott, uses the metaphor of a rooster-dominated hen house to show the dynamics of a poor migrant family.

Pima Community College theater students will present performances through Nov. 20 in the West Campus Black Box Theatre.

Director Frank Pickard said the play showcases a culture he grew up with.

“We had chicken coops, so I understood the dynamics of life in a hen house. I knew personally about the conflict between two mature roosters,” he said. “My first serious girlfriend was in a family named Sanchez, and a lot of her family mirrors the people in the play.”

The play weaves scenes of conflict with moments of dream-like imagery.

Key male characters include the father, Gallo (Robbie Sanchez), a recently released ex-con. His son Hector (Alexander Steiniger) resents his father’s abandonment.

Female leads include a daughter, Angela (Marisa Acosta), whose spirituality shrouds her from reality. The wife, Juana (Cne Serrano), seeks peace and normality for her family. An aunt, Chata (Julia Cannaday), provides lusty, profane antics.

Stagecraft volunteers Rae Rozier, left, and Stephen Willis build a Southwestern stage set. Aztec Press photo by Larry Gaurano.

Pima students are building sets that embrace rural migrant life in the American Southwest.

Like many stagecraft volunteers, Rae Rozier has also acted in previous PCC plays.

“I’ve always been interested in what goes on backstage,” Rozier said. “I feel like if I know how it’s built and what goes into it, I will appreciate it more.”

Rozier believes working behind the scenes will make her a better actress. “It’s fun,” she said. “I enjoy being a part of the set, it makes me feel much more close to it.”

Pima’s production is “rough and gritty,” Rozier added. “It’s very real. They don’t censor it. It has real-life interactions.”

A preview performance was held Nov. 9. Regular performances will be Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets cost $15, with discounts available. Box office hours are Tuesday-Friday from noon to 5 p.m., and one hour before performances.

For further details, call 206-6986 or visit www.pima.edu/cfa.

Gallo (Robbie Sanchez) struggles with his daughter Angela (Marisa Acosta) as his wife Juana (Cne Serrano) and son Hector (Alexander Steiniger) look on. Aztec Press photo by Larry Gaurano.

FYI

“Roosters”

When: Nov. 9-20, Thurs-Sat at 7:30 p.m., Sun at 2 p.m.

Where: Black Box Theatre, CFA, West Campus

Tickets: $15, with discounts available

Box office: 206-6986

 

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