This is the second of four performances of the essential Jim Stowell autobiographical stories. Each show is unique and can be enjoyed independently of the others.
Many of these stories have not been performed in a decade or more. “Rio Bravo / Rio Grande” part 2 continues the lives and times of living on the border, in McAllen, Texas with all the complications of guns, grit and immigration.
These stories evoke the deep moral and cultural heart of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Each of these stories is filled with the sights, smells and sounds of a landscape so alien, yet so familiar, that you would swear you are traveling in the territory of myth, where everybody’s stories mingle and mesh. Echoes from just about anybody’s childhood can be heard deep in the heart of these stories. But at the same time these adolescent adventures are so distinctly Texan, and so utterly pure, that they conjure a hot and dusty world of their own.
See “Rio Bravo / Rio Grande” part 2, Saturday, November 11 @ 7pm on the 1762 Hennepin Stage.
Rio Bravo / Rio Grande Reviews:
Jayne Blanchard Saint Paul Pioneer Press. “Jim Stowell’s Rio Bravo! Rio Grande! stories are so enrapturing that you feel like those cartoon characters lifted off their feet and floating through the air on the wavy wafts of some luscious aroma. Rio Bravo! examines the sunbaked memories of what he calls, ‘memory geography.’ The memories start gleefully but as boyhood moves into restless adolescence Stowell notices the unspoken truth of what separates once inseparable friends.”
A professional actor, director, playwright and storyteller for around fifty years, Jim has written and directed eleven full cast plays. This includes two children’s plays, two adaptations, a Spanish language one-act and the book for a musical comedy, running somewhere in America for the last 17 years and produced three spinoffs.
Jim has written and performed twelve one man plays that were commissioned and produced by six different theaters in Minneapolis-Saint Paul. His work has also been performed in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, in a big blue tent in Northern Wisconsin, an Art Center in Mexico, a theater in Guatemala, a school in Nicaragua, a banana plantation in Honduras and a jungle village in Brazil.
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