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Tejana Rasquacha: Scrappy San Antonio Production Makes Do

The Collaborators from left to right are Jaime Ramirez, Marisela Barrera, Elias Flores III and Andrew Thornton
Siggi Ragnar
The Collaborators from left to right are Jaime Ramirez, Marisela Barrera, Elias Flores III and Andrew Thornton

In the ever-evolving landscape that is COVID-19, arts organizations have been innovating and flexing in an attempt to ride with the changes. One of those organizations is the Jump Start Theatre.

It's the place where writer-performer Marisela Barrera often performs, but like most live venues, not right now. Barrera has written a performance she calls Tejana Rasquacha.

"Rasquacha, which implies a direct connection to Rasquachisma, which is ‘making do with what you have,’ and especially at this time in our lives in the world. During the pandemic, that's what most of us are doing," she said. 

Credit Siggi Ragnar
Marisela Barrera

And since you can't go to the Jump Start for a production, she's found a way to come to you.

"What we're going to share this weekend on Saturday and Sunday night at 8 p.m. is sort of (a) hybrid performance,” Barrera said. “So we're going to have some live streaming sections from my front yard from Dignowitty Hill."

Also included in the production is music, by Jamie Ramirez. 

“He is a multi-instrumentalist. So he plays accordion guitar in the piece,” she said. “And then we also have some prerecorded monologues that were filmed outdoors under safe conditions in spots throughout San Antonio."

Like Saturday Night Live, those live parts will be interspersed with some parts that are pre-taped. As to what it costs you to stream the performances, that depends on you.

"What they're going to see is a ticket price of zero to $15," she said.

They don't want to deny anyone, but if you're in a situation to help, they encourage you to.

Jack Morgan can be reached at Jack@TPR.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii.

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Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii