Tamales as holiday theater in Lincoln Heights

The annual performances of “Too Many Tamales” in Lincoln Heights has become a holiday tradition among Latinos. But the play, which has been staged during the past 12 years by the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts in the former Lincoln Heights jail, is also attracting growing numbers of non-Latinos to its nearly sold-out performances, according to a story in the New York Times. Peter Upton, who attended a recent performance in Spanish with a Salvadoran neighbor, said the holiday story of a middle class, Latino family has universal appeal:

“Every family has some little bit of dysfunction and tension around Christmas and Thanksgiving,” Upton said. “They keep it light and fun in this, but it does say something about fitting in in a different culture, and that’s something anybody can understand.”

Photo: Bilingual Foundation of the Arts

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