Dear friends of Neworld,

This Spring, we are producing the world premiere of Clean/Espejos by Christine Quintana with Spanish translation & adaptation by Paula Zelaya Cervantes. It is premiering at the Cultch in Vancouver before touring to Western Canada Theatre in Kamloops. This fully bilingual piece, written in both Spanish and English, tells the story of two women from very different worlds whose lives smash into each other in the illusionary paradise of a Mexican resort. Adriana, a hotel floor manager reeling from a family loss, has a chance encounter with Sarah, a Canadian wedding guest with a long-held traumatic secret—when their worlds collide on a fateful rainy night, both women are forced to face their past and all that they’ve tried to keep hidden.

Particularly unique in this production is the creation of surtitles throughout in both English and Spanish. No small feat to achieve! This equitable use of language challenges the supremacy of the English language and subverts the normal power relationships between the dominant culture and the minority culture. The bilingual nature of the piece will require deep listening with the goal of expanding the horizon for compassion and understanding for audience members.

This ambitious cross-cultural and bilingual project demands extraordinary resources. This is why we are asking for your support to raise $10,000 by March 2022. And if you happen to donate on November 30th, Canada Helps will double each donation. All contributions are deeply appreciated.

Thank you!

Sincerely from all of us at Neworld,
Chelsea, Alen, Angelica, Sandra, Raes, and Anahita

(November 25, 2021)

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