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Russell Young Oral History Interview June 29, 2015

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0:50 - Introduction and connection to Milagro Theatre

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Partial Transcript: Russell speaks about his first connection to Milagro Theatre, Olga Sanchez, and how he began photographing the productions. He has photographed 8 seasons of their theatre productions and their press photos.

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Keywords: Milagro; photography

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2:26 - Russell's favorite production by Milagro

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Partial Transcript: Russell describes the sets and stories that are his favorite. The colors, music, themes, set creations and directors always impressed him. He especially liked the Day of the Dead Productions and his favorite was "El Rey".

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Keywords: Day of the Dead; El Rey; Milagro; Theatre

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3:18 - Russell's Day of the Dead book

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Partial Transcript: Russell and Olga collaborated to include quotes from Milagro cast about the Day of the Dead and photos from productions during his time as a photographer with them. The book is ordered through the Milgro, printed on demand, and is titled Teatro de los Muertos.

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Keywords: book; Day of the Dead; Milagro; photography; Teatro de los Muertos

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4:37 - How has the theatre changed during your time with Milagro?

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Partial Transcript: Russell talks about his behind the scenes access has enabled him to know the theatre company deeply. The productions have become more elaborate and sophisticated.

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Keywords: behind the scenes; change; Milagro; theatre productions

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6:50 - Where do you see Milagro going in the future?

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Partial Transcript: Russell discusses how Milagro has created roots in the theatre community. Milagro is so diverse so it goes beyond just the Latino community and he is impressed by what they do.

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Keywords: community; diversity; Latino; Milagro; theatre

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8:51 - Bilingual productions by Milagro

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Partial Transcript: Russell talks about how Milagro honors two cultures by having bilingual productions in English and Spanish. The productions tell stories emotionally and visually that go beyond the spoken language.

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Keywords: bilingual; bilingual productions; Milagro; theatre

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11:17 - Miracle of the theater and final thoughts

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Partial Transcript: Russell shares admiration of Milagro's influence on theatre and artistic expression. He concludes with discussing how the dedication of the people involved are the ones that created the miracle of their productions.

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Keywords: art; diversity; influence; Milagro; miracle

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