The Devil Experienced a Nightmare
By Atención Staff
It has been said that “good always triumphs over evil,” and that was proved in the pastorela—Mexican Christmas play—“The Devil’s Nightmare,” presented by the Association of Culture and Tradition and the Folkloric Ballet of San Miguel de Allende.
The script of this play was written by dramatist María Luisa Rodríguez (RIP). It tells the story of a charming old lady who is traveling on her way to Bethlehem with the only goal of adoring the newborn baby Jesus. She tries to drag as many people as she can to discover the Messiah. But not everything is happiness and love. The devil is looking for the old lady in order to stop and kill her. What Luzbel (the devil) does not know is that, as in every pastorela, St. Michael the Archangel is always on guard to protect men of goodwill.
Pastorelas in Mexico date from 1532. This play is different from many others in town because it is done in Jalisco style. It features live music and Christmas carols, modern and folkloric dances, as well as the sharing of aguinaldos (small bags with candies).
The audience sang, laughed, danced, applauded, and went home happy. The same play will be presented at the Teatro Santa Ana on Wednesday, December 24, at 5pm. Tickets are available at the box office, 20 pesos.