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Latino playwrights look back

In_this_house_102opencover Elena Maria Garcia and Chris Perez are latino theater artists who grew up in bilingual South Florida.  Both lived in the worlds of their Spanish-speaking families and English-speaking friends, and each has now mined the past to create a solo show.  The paired pieces, under the title In This House Solamente Español, will run for three weekends at the Barry University's Pelican Theatre starting Jan. 14.  Both are performed in English.

Perez, a New World School of the Arts grad who was born in a Havana suburb, performs Flying Lessons,  a play about a father finally confronting a memory he refuses to accept.  Garcia's play, Do You Speak Mexican?, is about her family's experience "migrating" north from Miami to Broward.  Both plays are being presented under the banner of Garcia's Underdog Productions.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, from Jan. 14-30.  Tickets are $15 (students with ID pay $10).  And Garcia notes that the start time is for real: "All show times 8 on the nose, not Latin time!"

The Barry campus is at 11300 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores. For info, call 954-292-4095.