The University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance will be opening the fall season with a dramatic staged reading of “Las Pajaritas” on Friday and Saturday, October 22-23.

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“Las Pajaritas” is the inaugural production in the new WYOpen Stages initiative to support diverse works and performers.

Tickets are $5 for the public and $3 for senior citizens and students. To purchase tickets, visit the Performing Arts box office, call (307) 766-6666, or go online.

Written by emerging playwright Jordan Ramirez Puckett, “Las Pajaritas” follows Lita, Taylor, and Anita, who are a close-knit, multigenerational family of Chicana women who live together in the same apartment. As much as they might fight about everything from religion to dating, there isn’t anything that the women wouldn’t do for one another. According to the production, there will always be a division in their relationship because Lita’s and Anita’s brown skin and Taylor’s white skin have affected how they each are able to move throughout the world.

The characters struggle to understand one another, their evolving relationships, and the competing demands of duty and cultural identity.

The UW Department of Theatre and Dance is collaborating with Mason and Relative Theatrics as a community theater partner. Additional support is provided from the Wyoming Arts Council; the Lincoln Community Center; KOCA 93.5 FM, La Radio Montañesa: Voz de la Gente; and UW partners in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages, the Latinx and Hispanic E-Network, the student group MEChA and the Latina/o Studies Program.

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