World Language Week: The Mirabal sisters’ story comes to life

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Natalie Dosmond '21

For this year’s World Language Week, Sacred Heart Greenwich students from the Chinese, Spanish, French, and Arabic classes contributed an article in the language that they study.

For this year’s World Language Week, Sacred Heart Greenwich students from the Chinese, Spanish, French, and Arabic classes contributed an article in the language that they study.  Junior Piper Gilbert, Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish Language and Culture student, wrote this article about the play that her class went to see in New York City, En el tiempo de las mariposas, based on Mrs. Julia Alvarez’s novel In the Time of the Butterflies.

The Repertorio Español production of In the Time of the Butterflies features sisters Dedé, Patria, Minerva, and María Teresa.  Courtesy of Mr. Michael Palma

Martes el once de febrero varias clases de español fueron al teatro en Nueva York para ver En el tiempo de las mariposas, una obra basada en la historia de Julia Álvarez, y comer en un restaurante mexicano.  En el tiempo de las mariposas es la trágica historia de tres hermanas dominicanas, las Mirabales, que dieron sus vidas a una revolución contra las ideologías fascistas contada a través de los ojos de su otra hermana,

(o Mate), sirven como un símbolo para la revolución contra el dictador Rafael Trujillo, y el día de su muerte se conmemora como el día internacional de la eliminación de la violencia contra la mujer.

La obra, adaptada del libro, hace un excelente trabajo al condensar las vidas de las hermanas y, al mismo tiempo, retiene los mensajes importantes de perseverancia, destino, patriotismo, y amor familiar.  Fue increíblemente emocionante ver algo que solo habíamos leído cobrar vida frente a nosotros en el escenario.  Todos los actores fueron excelentes y el tamaño pequeño del teatro ayudó a que la historia llegar al público e invocar una reacción emocional.

La comida también fue increíble.  Fuimos a un restaurante mexicano que sirve las flautas más deliciosas.  Mis amigas me dijeron que los burritos y la opción vegetariana son muy buenos, pero he tenido las flautas los dos años que he ido al teatro, y no estoy inclinada cambiar mi pedido pronto. 

Si estás en la ciudad, mis compañeras y yo te recomendaríamos En el tiempo de las mariposas y flautas deliciosas para un día fantástico.

The three sisters, Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa serve as a symbol for the revolution against dictator Rafael Trujillo. Courtesy of Mr. Michael Palma

Tuesday February 11 various Spanish classes went to a theatre in New York to see In the Time of the Butterflies, a play based on the story by Julia Alvarez, and to eat at a Mexican restaurant.  In the Time of the Butterflies is the tragic story of three Dominican sisters, the Mirabals, who gave their lives for a revolution against fascist ideologies, told through the eyes of their other sister, Dedé, the only one who survived.  The three sisters, Patria, Minerva, and Maria Teresa (or Mate), served as a symbol for the revolution against dictator Rafael Trujillo, and the day they died is commemorated as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The play, adapted from the book, does an excellent job of condensing the sisters’ lives and, at the same time, retaining the important messages of perseverance, destiny, patriotism, and familial love.  It was incredibly beautiful to watch something we had only read about come to life in front of us on stage.  All the actors were excellent and the small size of the theatre helped the story reacher the public and invoke an emotional reaction.

The food was also fantastic.  We went to a Mexican restaurant that serves the most delicious flautas.  My friends told me that the burritos and the vegetarian meal are also really good, but I have had the flautas both years I have gone to the theatre, and I am not inclined to change my order any time soon.

The King Street Chronicle thanks junior Piper Gilbert ’21 for her contributions.