A natural disaster strikes Magdalena, then, the boy changes his name to Mulo and seeks to defy his narrative of loss in the city. He disregards council from his uncle (Jonathan Harrell), a coconut man who cares deeply for the boy (Argos MacCallum), and a city shopkeeper (Roxanne Tapia). Determined to avoid going back to Magdalena at all costs, he leaves all behind to cross the sea with a young woman, Maya (Sabrina Garcia), seeking the fabled luxury of the United States.
Yemaya's Belly is at once a lyrical and stark portrait of a boy coping with grief by attempting to embody masculinity and by conflating that perceived manhood with mass-produced America - represented by anonymity, coca cola, and Spam. These stand in sharp contrast to the coconuts, dominoes, and close intimacy that represent the island. Perhaps most importantly, however, is the young pair's trek on a raft across the ocean. In this time, when thousands of people with no other recourse are risking their lives seeking asylum, it is imperative to recognize the circumstances and humanity of each. Mulo takes this distanced statistic and makes it deeply intimate and relevant.
Performances of Yemaya’s Belly run for three weeks October 8-25, with performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $15 general admission and $12 for those with limited income. Tickets for Thursday, October 8 are $10.