These children’s plays aren’t just for children! Tomás and the Library Lady is an entertaining one hour musical about the power of books and caring people in our lives. Pictured above are actors Brenda Ortiz and Chris Valenzuela.
After the performance, there will be a talk back with the cast about Rivera, his works, and the play.
The performance will take place this Saturday at 10:30 AM at the Heights Community Church amphitheater at the heart of Grandin Village (2014 Memorial Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24015).
This bilingual play with music follows the story of Tomás Rivera, the son of an immigrant farmworker, as he discovers a surprising world of possibility inside his local library, thanks to a special librarian.
Tomás Rivera was born to a family of migrant farm workers in the South Texas town of Crystal City. In spite of moving constantly to work the crops, he managed to graduate from high school. He went on to obtain a degree in English from Southwest Texas State University, and then earned a master’s degree in Spanish literature and a doctorate in Romance languages and literatures. Rivera became a university administrator, and in 1979 he was appointed chancellor of UC Riverside, a position he held until his sudden death in 1984.