The libraries are holding a free showing of “La Cucarachita Martina,” a Spanish coming-of-age play about a cockroach. It’ll start at 10 a.m. at New Albany, and 12:30 p.m. at Iroquois.
The play will be put on by Teatro Tercera Llamada, a nonprofit group that provides bilingual plays for Louisville’s Spanish-speaking community. The group was co-founded by Carlos-Manuel, a Californian Latino playwright.
“La Cucarachita Martina” is a children’s play, but Teatro Tercera welcomes all ages to the shows. In the play, Martina learns that looks are not the most important thing in life. Instead of chasing beauty, she becomes friends with a mouse named Mr. Perez who shares her love for reading.
The play also has been modified to adopt feminist values. In the original script, Martina marries Mr. Perez. According to a press release, this was changed because not all stories “have to end in the girl getting married.”
The event is being sponsored by the Yum Foundation and Fund for the Arts’ ArtsMatch, and it will be held at other libraries throughout the month.
Here is the schedule: