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Dueling Critics: Esperanza Rising

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Esperanza is a young girl from a wealthy family in Mexico in the 1930s. When tragedy strikes she and her mother flee north of the border. Now among the migrants and workers in the California fields, Esperanza must learn to look forward, not backward, and adjust her attitudes about status and class.

The play Esperanza Rising is adapted from a popular novel for young people by Pam Munoz Ryan. It kicks off Goodman Theatre's fourth Latino Theater Festival. Here to tell us how Esperanza Rising translates to the stage, and to talk about the other offerings at this year's festival, are Eight Forty-Eight's dueling critics Jonathan Abarbanel and Kelly Kleiman.

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