There are many different ways to dramatize the meaning of Christmas.
This year an unusual play is once again drawing audiences to South Coast Rep in Costa Mesa, CA, as it has been doing for the past three holiday seasons.
It's called La Posada Magica, and while its subject matter may sound a bit solemn -- one baby has died, and another is about to be born -- it is not at all a downer, but is intended as a heartwarming and humorous work.
The play is written and directed by Octavio Solis and takes its name from an old custom in which members of Latino communities go door to door, re-creating the journey of Joseph and Mary as they went in search of shelter.
The plot revolves around a ninth-grader named Gracie whose infant brother has just died. When the posada pays a housecall, she has no good will toward them and in point of fact attempts to undermine their efforts -- yet Solis sees to it that the story has a fairy-tale ending. La Posada Magica, with a score by Marcos Loya, is being performed through Dec. 24 at South Coast Rep's Second Stage Theatre, 655 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA.
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-- By Rebecca Paller