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Performance in the Borderlands presents “La Pastorela del Valle”

November 28, 2007

The ASU Herberger College School of Theatre and Film presents “La Pastorela del Valle” as the final event of its fall 2007 Performance in the Borderlands season.

The “Pastorela” is presented each December by the ASU Herberger College School of Theatre and Film’s Performance in the Borderlands project and by the Mexican Consulate’s office. There is no charge for the year’s “La Pastorela del Valle” event, but audience members are encouraged to give a donation to victims of the Tabasco and Chiapas floods, which occurred earlier this year in Mexico.

The traditional “Pastorela” was introduced in Mexico in the 16th century by religious groups. Pastorelas are humorous and light plays where angels and devils fight for the souls of brave shepherds, sheep and dogs as they trek to Bethlehem to witness the Nativity. Pastorelas are written in verse and blend political satire, popular culture and Christmas carols, or villancicos. This ancient folk tradition is still very popular in Mexico.

Paul V. Galvin Playhouse, 51 E. 10th St., ASU Tempe campus.

Dec. 18, 7 p.m.

Free, but reservations are required. Contact the Mexican Consulate at 602.242.4481.

Public Contact
ASU Herberger College School of Theatre and Film, 480.965.5337

The School of Theatre and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University provides a comprehensive range of courses in performance and directing; design and production; new work development; theatre and performance studies; film; and theatre for youth. Its Theatre for Youth program is nationally ranked in the top three and the dramatic writing/playwriting program is ranked 15th among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. To learn more about the School of Theatre and Film, visit

Media Contact:
Laurie A. Trotta Valenti
School of Theatre and Film