La Pastorela at the Mission. This year's performance is being held at the El Teatro Campesino playhouse in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Robert Eliason.

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Luis Valdez and the ‘Pastorela’ journey

El Teatro founder speaks on the Christmas show’s history and its return to San Juan playhouse.

Mauricio Samano with Adam Luna. Photo by Robert Eliason.

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Mauricio Samano’s journey from Mexico to ‘La Pastorela’

El Teatro Campesino performer recalls his coming of age.

Kinan Valdez, La Pastorela Rehearsal in 2019. Photos by Robert Eliason.

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Kinan Valdez brings Teatro tradition to a new setting

‘La Pastorela’ director talks about re-staging the Christmas play.

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Daniel Valdez: A Teatro Campesino Life

This Thanksgiving, a time when families join together, BenitoLink recognizes the creative energy of the Valdez family and introduces its next generation to our readers.

Mission San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.

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Hundreds sign petition to keep Christmas plays at the Mission

El Teatro Campesino performances there have become a Latinx cultural tradition.

Mission San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.

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El Teatro Campesino halts holiday shows at Mission San Juan Bautista

Performances of "La Pastorela" to be held at ETC playhouse this winter.

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La Pastorela opens at Mission San Juan

A traditional Christmas story, La Pastorela returns to Mission San Juan Nov. 24 until Dec. 17.

Devil from the play stands with two thumbs up between the white wall of the mission and the darkness of the night.

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La Pastorela: A Review

What happens when a theater company taps into cultural consciousness and takes an old trope like "good versus evil" and makes it new?

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Last Weekend For La Pastorela

The Annual Christmas play of El Teatro Campesino at Mission San Juan Bautista