The Magic Kite

The Magic Kite (El papalote mágico)
By José Cruz González
Inspired by the artwork of Rosalia Torres-Weiner
Saturday, June 13, 2020 at 11am
Hilberry Theatre
Best for ages 5+ 

The Magic Kite (El papalote mágico) is an inspirational story of how a family leans on love and hope during a difficult time. Although the family in this story is dealing specifically with deportation, the idea of separation in families is a universal struggle that affects all types of families. Stories such as this remind us of strength found in memories, hope and our own ability to believe.

Based on the artwork of Mexican–American artist Rosalia Torres-Weiner and told through the use of puppets, The Magic Kite shares a child’s view of deportation. The show’s protagonist, Tito, builds a magic kite to visit his father, Emilio, who has been deported to Mexico. The Magic Kite is a story about hope that universally impacts all families who have suffered a separation or loss. Ultimately, it’s a look at a political issue through the very apolitical eyes of a boy, who doesn’t quite understand why he and his father are separated.

The Magic Kite (El papalote mágico) was inspired by the artwork of Rosalia Torres-Weiner and was originally commissioned by and produced at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.

This show is also offering its touring production for free to Detroit Public Schools, May 11 through June 18, 2020. Learn more.

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