A pastorela is a theatrical presentation, featuring shepherds as they follow the Star of Bethlehem to find the baby Jesus. Along the way, they face great challenges. These dramas of the Nativity are a part of Mexican tradition, and we had one in Sacramento.
It took place in several different acts at corners on K Street, ending at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. How strange to see el Diablo in a battle against San Miguel a block away from the State Capitol building, outside of Chops, on the way to the Crest Theater. In this political town, it made sense to depict Jose and pregnant Maria represent undocumented Californians in their quest for the American Dream and in their journey to provide a home for Jesus.
There were devils and angels on K Street, and a crowd grew as we headed for the church to watch good triumph over evil.