Octavio Solis

12/4/2018 | Rainier Arts Center

Readings & Lectures South Seattle

The tradition of retablo painting dates back to the Spanish Conquest in both Mexico and the U.S. Southwest. They are humble, usually painted on repurposed metal, and in one small tableau they tell the story of a crisis and offer thanks for its successful resolution. Lauded Latino playwright Octavio Solis joins us on Town Hall’s stage with his memoir Retablos – Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border, uniquely framed to mirror these traditional painted scenes. Solis recalls the rituals of childhood and rites of passage in the style of retablos: as singular, dramatic events, self-contained episodes with life-changing reverberations.

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