LA COSECHA / THE HARVEST – A magical-realist puppet play about an “undocumented” immigrant farm-worker in the fields of America. Featuring Nueva Cancion music of Latin America.
Cesar is a young man from Central America who heads North looking for work. When he can’t pay the Coyote who has smuggled him into the United States, Cesar finds himself tangled in a web of difficulties, fighting for his dignity and very survival. This poignant bilingual drama features Nueva Cancion music from Latin America, and vivid mask & puppet characters in Arm-of-the-Sea’s signature style.
LA COSECHA grew out of a series of workshops Arm-of-the-Sea conducted with migrant farmworker families. The show premiered in 2006, with subsequent re-stagings in 2011 & 2016. Performance credits include: University of Dayton (OH), Cornell University (NY), SUNY Ulster (NY), SUNY New Paltz (NY), St. Peter’s College (NJ), SUNY Brockport (NY), The Clearwater Festival, & the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival.
LA COSECHA is presented in Spanish & English by a company of five performers, including Dean Jones on trombone, keyboard and percussion and Juan Basilio Sanchez on guitar and vocals. The show is 60 minutes in length and appropriate for ages 10 & up.View a short video from the show here. Download a PDF flyer about the show here> LaCosecha flyer , Download a PDF Study Guide for Educators here >La Cosecha study guide Download a PDF newspaper article from Las Noticias here> Las Noticias article Production of La Cosecha/The Harvest made possible by grants from n made possible by support from the Jim Henson Foundation, and the Puffin Foundation. And by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.