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Gabriela Sanchez

Nov 11–12

Runtime TBA

$14 – $22


Gabriela Sanchez, founder and Executive Producer of Power Street Theatre Company, joined the First Person Arts creative team this year when she directed the popular Commonspace LIVE: Looking Class performance at WHYY and Queer Bodies, a collaboration with the LGBT Affairs Office in City Hall. Gabriela is masterful at creating devised theater that is passionate and pushes for social change. Her Festival directorial debut Pa’lante is no different. This devised work asks a diverse representation of the Latinx community to share their stories of living the Latinx experience in these United States of America. Influenced by the five senses, cultural roots, and resilience, each storyteller explores traditions and legacies.

$16 Early Bird (Before Nov 2) / $20 general
$14 FringeArts / First Person Arts member
$2 FringeAccess member
$22 at the door

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FringeArts and First Person Arts are proud to partner with Puentes de Salud, a health clinic serving the Latinx immigrant communities of Philadelphia, in conjunction with the First Person Arts show Pa’lante, directed by Gabriela Sanchez. We believe strongly in the work Puentes does and its incredible impact on Latinx immigrant communities here in Philadelphia.

Come see Pa’lante at FringeArts and explore the incredible visual project El Viaje de los Niños, which tells the stories of Mexican immigrant children who have crossed the border to come to Philadelphia. Through visual art sessions, Puentes’ children worked with the Director of Art and Culture, Nora Litz, to create large-scale dioramas that illustrate their journeys and the emotional distress and effects of immigration on their lives and identities. The dioramas include images of their communities in Mexico, and recordings of their voices in English and Spanish narrating their journeys.

Happy Hour on the Fringe

Check out the FringeArts podcast, Happy Hour on the Fringe, where we sat down with director Gabriela Sanchez and performers Ivan Vila and Virginia Sanchez.

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About First Person Arts Festival

The 2018 First Person Arts Festival is focused on overcoming. Dive into real, personal experiences that include: the challenges of life after incarceration, coming out (again and again and again), gathering the pieces and rebuilding your life after divorce, and many more stories of strength, determination, and the power of the human will. Returning for 2018: First Person Arts workshops that will help guide you in unleashing and harnessing the power of YOUR voice.