A dissonant lullaby

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A dissonant lullaby

FLC mounts moving adaptation of ‘Enrique’s Journey’
Wren Woodis, left, as Belky holds Lourdes Carrasco, playing Abuela, during a dress rehearsal Wednesday for “Enrique’s Journey” at the Fort Lewis College Theatre Mainstage.
Fort Lewis College sophomore psychology major Adam Montoya, left, plays the title character in “Enrique’s Journey” while Woodis as Belky watchesduring Wednesday’s dress rehearsal.
Paintings complement FLC play

The artwork of Maria Allen-Koerner enhances the experience of “Enrique’s Journey,” which is being staged this weekend by the Fort Lewis College Theatre Department.
Allen-Koerner’s paintings, on display in the lobby of the Theatre building throughout September, are symbolic portraits of migrants who Allen-Koerner hopes will inspire the general population to see as real people, with real stories, who just want a better life.
Eight of the migrants in the paintings are real people either from this year’s Common Reading Experience book, Enrique’s Journey, or have been residents of the Albergue Buen Pastor Shelter in Chiapas, Mexico, founded by Olga Sánchez Martínez. Other portraits represent stories from the Sisters of Mercy.
Allen-Koerner will answer questions and sell her artwork after tonight’s performance of “Enrique’s Journey.” One hundred percent of the sale of each painting will be donated to Albergue Buen Pastor, where Sanchez Martinez has cared for and continues to care for hundreds of migrants. Many of these migrants have lost limbs or suffered serious injuries on their difficult train journeys to the north. It is through her efforts that they receive, among other things, antibiotics, pain medication, prosthetics and hope for a better future.
After 39 years of teaching high school art, Allen-Koerner retired in 2008. She was once a Sister of Mercy and has remained connected to the sisters who recognize “an urgent duty and challenge to stand in solidarity with immigrants seeking fullness of life.”
It was a Sister of Mercy who sent her a copy of Enrique’s Journey and it was through this book that she learned the guts of immigration. When she retired, she was searching for a worthy cause to relate to her art. She now lives in St. Louis with her husband and has two step-daughters and two grandchildren.

If you go

The Fort Lewis College Theatre department presents “Enrique’s Journey,” a play by Anthony Garcia based on the book by Sonia Nazario. Directed by Felicia Meyer with original music by Daniel Valdez. Show times are 7 p.m. today, Saturday and Sunday on the Mainstage in the FLC Theatre building.
Tickets are $7-$12, available by phone at 247-7657, online at www.durangoconcerts.com or at the downtown box office at Seventh Street and Main Avenue.
For more information call 247-7089.

A dissonant lullaby

Wren Woodis, left, as Belky holds Lourdes Carrasco, playing Abuela, during a dress rehearsal Wednesday for “Enrique’s Journey” at the Fort Lewis College Theatre Mainstage.
Fort Lewis College sophomore psychology major Adam Montoya, left, plays the title character in “Enrique’s Journey” while Woodis as Belky watchesduring Wednesday’s dress rehearsal.
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