Coming to The Vault from Portland-based Teatro Milagro is Milta Ortiz’s inventive new play Judge Torres, directed by B&B Associate Artist Mandana Khoshnevisan. Based on the true story of Multnomah County Circuit Judge Xiomara Torres, Judge Torres is a story of magic and Mayan folktales, of loss and abuse, and ultimately, of triumph against all odds. Though Xiomara came of age nearly 30 years ago, her story and struggles with crossing the border, missing her family, maneuvering the US foster care system, and aging out, are more relevant today than ever. With the #MeToo movement and immigration reform being debated on the national stage, Judge Torres gives audiences of all ages a way to address and discuss these sophisticated issues in an inventive, safe space. The one-hour show will be followed by a talk-back discussion with the cast and director, facilitated by Pacific University Assistant Professor of English, Elizabeth Tavares.
Special thanks to the sponsors of the upcoming 2020 tour of Judge Torres: The Ventura Group, Inc., EC Brown Foundation, Juan Young Trust, and the Portland Clinic Foundation.