|Ruega Por Mi, written by by Yasmin Ruvalcaba Saludado and performed by Yolanda Porter.
A mother is searching for her missing daughter and questions her decision to send her for safety in America.
MediaRites has been adapting and transforming the monologues from The -Ism Project into short films. Two were filmed with a crew of four, social distancing at Shaking the Tree Studios, which graciously donated their space to us. Another was self-filmed by the actress, her husband and daughter. Check out The Diversity Thing and Ruega Por Mi.
Ruega Por Mi
Written by Yasmin Ruvalcaba Saludado
Performed by Yolanda Porter and Victoria Porter
Music by Gerardo Calderon
Filmed and audio recorded by Josh Porter
Directed and Produced by Dmae Roberts
Associate Director: Samson Syharath
Film Editor: Sumi Wu
Sound,Design: Clark Salisbury
Set/Costumes: Yolanda Porter
Yasmin Ruvalcaba Saludado (writer) is a Portland based director, writer, and arts advocate. She centers her work around advancing equity, honoring mentorship and education, and promoting community outreach and engagement. Yasmin is currently working at Advance Gender Equity in the Arts (AGE) as the Operations Manager. Yasmin has also engaged with her community through directing. She was honored to be the assistant director for La Ruta (Artists Repertory Theatre) and La Isla En Inviero/The Island in Winter (Bag&Baggage Productions). Yasmin is also an active writer in the community. Two of her monologues are currently featured in MediaRites’ The –Ism Project, one of which is being adapted into a short film..
Yolanda Porter (actor) ) has performed in several productions at Milagro Theatre and is a graduate of Portland Actors Conservatory. Her favorite credits include The Taming and the Shrew, Amor Añejo, Opción Múltiple, and The Fairy Godmother’s Apprentice. Her film work includes Lorelei (2020), LUZ (2020) and Random Acts (2013). She’s been a part of multiple film, TV, and theater productions, as well as dozens of commercials.
Gerardo Calderon (musician) is a composer, teaching artist, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Born in Mexico City. He grew up surrounded by music, dance and culture. Gerardo is the musical director of Grupo Condor and Nuestro Canto, and has pursued his interest in learning about traditional Mexican music, Latin American folk music and Pre-Colombian music. He has performed with folk music ensembles in Mexico, Canada, New England, and the Pacific Northwest, and He has also toured with choir and world music ensembles throughout the USA. Gerardo has composed music and designed sound for contemporary Ballet companies, documentaries, short films, commercials, theater companies, and cultural organizations. Gerardo has been sharing his talent as a teaching artist for over 25 years and has continuously served the northwest community. More at: https://gcgartsproduction.com/
On the panel with Yasmin Ruvalcaba and Yolanda Porter is:
Cristina Delgado of Adelante Mujeres’ is the Leadership and Immigrant Solidarity Project Manager.
Ruega Por Mi is a MediaRites production of The –Ism Project.
Special thanks to Yolanda Porter and her family for donating their location, props and costumes.
MediaRites’ The –Ism Project received COVID-relief support from the Regional Arts And Culture Council, the Oregon Cultural Trust, The Collins Foundation, the Oregon Community Foundation, Oregon Humanities and Oregon Arts Commission with additional funding by The Emily Georges Gottfried Fund of the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation and the Isabella Chappell Award in support of Theatre from the Portland Civic Theatre Guild.