EDUCATION MATINEE – The House on Mango Street

The House on Mango Street | Oct 11 – Nov 4, 2016

By Sandra Cisneros; Adapted by Amy Ludwig; Directed by Signe V. Harriday

Recommended Grade Level: 8-12

The Setting: 1970s in a Chicago barrio

Suggested Areas of Study and Discussion: Cultural Identity, Gender and Ethnicity, The Struggles of American Immigrants, Latina Literature, First Person Narrative, Coming of Age, Symbolism, Plot, Theme, Characters, Creative Writing, Spanish Language and Culture

The Story: This all new full-length production featuring fourteen-year-old Atquetzali Quiroz as Young Esperanza and Hope Cervantes as Older Esperanza, will capture the joy, challenges and struggles of a young Latina’s family as they move into a new neighborhood. The house is not all Esperanza hoped for and her family doesn’t understand her need to write, but the colorful neighbors and their stories of loss and longing fill her days with a rich wealth of human experience. As Esperanza and her friends begin to experiment with high heels, makeup, and boys, she is both fascinated and repelled by her approaching womanhood. Esperanza’s poetic writings about her immigrant family and neighbors are both poignant and timely. Your students will identify with Esperanza’s struggle to grow past her childhood home to become the writer she must.

Student Tickets: $15

Chaperone Tickets: One free for every 20 students (Additional chaperones $15)

Performance Length: 2 1/2 hours (Including Intermission)

Location: Park Square’s Proscenium Stage

Park Square Theatre Study Guides are created for teachers by teachers to introduce students to the world of the play.

The guides contain a plot summary, character information, and activities and articles that help establish the historical, literary and cultural context of the play. Study Guides are designed to be classroom-ready, allowing educators to duplicate materials for easy distribution to students.

We also offer modified Guides to help prepare EL students.

Mainstream Guide — view/download
Modified Guide — view/download

Most matinees 10 am – some later by arrangement. Call for ASL dates.

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Please contact Quinn Shadko
Phone: 651.291.9196

Student Matinee Ticket Pricing

Student Tickets: $15
Chaperone Tickets: One free for every 20 students (Additional chaperones $15)

  • To assist you with your planning we can divide your school’s invoice into two easy payments.*
  • Payments can be made by check or credit card
  • Credit cards accepted are Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover
  • Please note that Park Square Theatre cannot accept individual checks from students

 *dependent on time of booking

Make your reservation here »

Please contact Quinn Shadko
Phone: 651.291.9196

Performance Calendar:

Most matinees 10 am – some later by arrangement. Call for ASL dates.

produced with special support from:

Caroline Amplatz


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