A host of campus organizations and college departments have come together to present a free performance of the play El Payaso (The Clown) as performed by a troupe out of Portland, Oregon at 9 p.m. on April 26 in the Special Events Center.
El Payaso is free, open to the public and suitable for all ages.
This is a rare opportunity to see a bilingual play based on a historical event that took place during the Contra War (1979-1990) in Nicaragua. Emilio Rodriguez’s play celebrates the life of Ben Linder, an American social activist, engineer and clown who arrived in Nicaragua during the war. Linder was responsible for bringing hydropower to El Cúa, a small village in Nicaragua. He also was instrumental in establishing vaccine programs and other health initiatives. The play takes place thirty years after Linder’s murder by the contras. Elías, a traveling Latino student, discovers that Linder’s work is being continued. El Payaso explores important themes of sustainability, technology, Central American politics, Latin American culture and the role that American volunteers played in Nicaragua during the war.
The play is presented by Casita Nepantla in collaboration with the departments of theatre, history and world languages, as well as the College of Engineering, and the Center for Multicultural Educational Opportunities.