A CONVERSATION WITH ALANA:
ONE BOY’S MULTICULTURAL RITE OF PASSAGE
written and performed by
Carlos E. Cortés
Director — Bethany Kraemer
Theatrical Consultant — Dawn Davies
In his one-hour, one-person autobiographical play Cortés presents his story of growing up as a young man of mixed ancestry in racially segregated, religiously divided early post-World War II Kansas City, Missouri. The son of a Mexican Catholic immigrant father and an American-born Jewish mother, whose parents came from Austria and Ukraine, Cortés had to learn to navigate Kansas City’s rigid racial, ethnic, and religious fault lines, while simultaneously dealing with the internal conflicts of his own divided family.
I will be performing “A Conversation with Alana” on Monday evening, October 5, 2015, at the University of Maryland, College Park.