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This show closed on March 8, 2020

About Ana y su Sombra

Ana is a little girl whose family has moved from Mexico to America. She doesn’t feel she belongs, she misses her home and her friends, and longs to return. Her shadow, however, loves the adventure of a new place and wishes to remain in America. They fight and decide to call it quits from each other. During their respective journeys they learn the meaning of home and of voyaging, and find a peace in their new life together.

Gabriela Ortiz is Mexico’s leading composer today. Recently having her works premiered and toured by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, "Ana y su Sombra" is only one of her many operas that surprise in the way that they look at compelling and contemporary issues of today. Written to be enjoyed by children and adults, this operatic storybook experience, sung in Spanish with English supertitles, is perfect for the whole family.

Join Gabriela Ortiz for a talk about music, immigration, art and policy - particularly composing operas on themes that cross into a public sphere like her works "Ana y su Sombra" and "Unicamente la Verdad," at the Mexican Cultural Institute. Friday, March 6 at 3pm.


stage direction by Mauricio Pita

music direction by Emily Baltzer

Johnathan Dahm Robertson, set design

Marianne Meadows, lighting design

Donna Breslin, costume diesign

Mia Rojas, Ana

Elizabeth Mondragon, La Sombra

Joseph Kaz, tenor

Run Time

1hr 0min (No Intermission)

Start Date

End Date

GALA Theatre

3333 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010

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