"Mud Offerings" by Natalie Goodnow '07
A solo play written and performed by Natalie Goodnow '07
Tuesday, April 4, 2012, 5:30PM
Sarofim School of Fine Arts Building, Heather Hall
performance is sponsored by the Department of Sociology and
Anthropology, the Feminist Studies Program, the Theatre Department,
Kappa Delta Chi sorority, and Latinos Unidos
A question and answer session will follow the performance.
piece is a solo play unraveling the culturally complicated truths, lies
and mythologies of women's spirituality and sexuality in contexts of
violence and betrayal.
ABOUT NATALIE GOODNOW '07
Natalie Goodnow '07 is a nationally recognized teatrista, teaching artist
and cultural activist from Austin, Texas. She performs, directs and
writes; she's been practicing some combination of those forms for
seventeen years, and began teaching through and about them eight years ago.
She specializes in the creation of original works for the stage, as a
solo performer and in collaboration with other performers and
playwrights, both youth and adults.
Goodnow’s work is
dialogical in both its process and product, using performance as a tool
with which to engage communities in conversation. Natalie explores the
relationships between people and places, in terms of relationships to
community, to the Earth, and to our own bodies.
Natalie studied Theatre, Spanish and Feminist Studies at Southwestern University.
Read a news story about Natalie and her play: "Activism through theater"
ABOUT MUD OFFERINGS
Virgen de Guadalupe, also known as Our Lady of Guadalupe, is revered as
the Mother of Mexico, and embodies both the Nahua Tonantzin and the
Catholic Virgin Mary. She appeared on a winter morning in 1531 (just 12
years after Cortés had arrived to Mexico’s shores) to a young
indigenous man, Juan Diego, on the hill of Tepeyac – just outside Mexico
City. Upon seeing her, Juan Diego went to the local archbishop, Fray
Juan de Zumárraga, who demanded proof of her presence. Juan Diego
returned with a cloak full of flowers. When he released the edges of
the cloak, the flowers fell to the ground and revealed an image of the
Virgen imprinted on the fabric, proof that she had appeared. On that
hill, a chapel was built in her honor.
La Malinche is the
historic Malintzin Tenepal – a Nahua woman who acted as Hernan Cortés’
interpreter. She is considered the mother of the first mestizo (she bore
a child by Cortés) and has been portrayed as traitor and savior,
prostitute and desolate victim. La Malinche has been featured in
numerous narratives (poems, fictions, plays, films). The artist activist
Cherríe Moraga was among Chicana authors who were critical in
reinterpreting La Malinche and reclaiming her as the mother of new and