St. Jude
written and presented by Luis Alfaro
directed by Robert Egan
February 13, 2014 - February 16, 2014

St. Jude

Highway 99 becomes an emotionally charged memory lane for Alfaro when his father has a stroke, compelling him to revisit the Central Valley of his childhood. As the family gathers around the ailing patriarch, the artist, activist and MacArthur Fellow (Electricidad, Oedipus el Rey) conjures up memories of his youth—complete with an old-school slide show—from picking grapes to gospel-infused tent revivals family holidays to running away from home at 16. St. Jude is—in Alfaro’s words—“going from ‘what I am’ to ‘who I was.” It’s a remarkable journey rich with laughter, pathos and surprising revelations.

Recommendation: This show includes adult themes.
Running Time:  Approximately 80 minutes with no intermission. 

Luis Alfaro in the Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre production of St. Jude. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

Luis Alfaro is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, is a Rockefeller Fellow, a University of California Regents Chair Fellow, and he is the only artist to have won two awards in the same year from The Kennedy Center's Fund for New American Plays. He is also the recipient of awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, Theatre Communications Group and PEN USA, among others. He has performed and had plays produced around the world in Mexico City, Scotland, London, Romania and in the U.S. at Mark Taper Forum, Goodman Theatre, Cornerstone Theater Company, Primary Stages, La Jolla Playhouse, The Kennedy Center and Hartford Stage, among others. He is currently a professor at USC School of Dramatic Arts.

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