Mozart Park will be the site of live outdoor theater with Escena Latina Teatro performing “Botánica” from Thursday, July 27, to Saturday, July 29.
Hyde Jackson Square Main Street is once again presenting the Teatro en el Parque event for the fifth year in a row, and they’ll have dinner in a makeshift Pop-Up-Café before the show featuring delicious complimentary food from neighborhood restaurants and music starting at 5 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m. The play is in Spanish with English subtitles on a giant video monitor.
“Botánica,” by Dolores Prida, is a comedy that takes place in an herb shop where the venerable Doña Geno, a spiritual leader in the community, concocts love potions, divines the future and dispenses spiritual cures. Originally set in New York, Escena Latina Teatro has adapted the play to Boston. The play touches on the very current issue of gentrification and the consequent displacement of the Latino community in Jamaica Plain.
At the Pop-Up Cafe each night beginning at 5 p.m. are the following performances and eats:
Thursday, July 27: Latin music and delicious Cuban food from The Old Havana Restaurant and Scottish treats from The Haven restaurant.
Friday, July 28: Latin music and tasty Latin morsels from Latino Restaurant and mouth-watering sandwiches from The Frogmore restaurant.
Saturday, July 29: Live Latin jazz by the Flavio Lira Quartet, amazing Ethiopian finger food by Blue Nile restaurant and rich Latin food by Miami Restaurant and Yely’s Cafe.
This production will feature Yoruba-inspired art by local artist Stephen Hamilton.
In the event of anticipated rain, plays will be held at the Kennedy School at 7 Bolster St. around the corner from Mozart Park.
For the latest updates, visit the Hyde Jackson Square Main Street website.