Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Play explores substance abuse, justice system.(Arts & Culture)

Byline: David Steinberg Journal Staff Writer

"The Price We Pay," the newest production of La Compania de Teatro de Alburquerque is, in a way, a play that is giving the audience what it wants.

In 1995, La Compania produced "Estoy en el Rincon," which examined alcohol and drug abuse in the Hispanic community.

"As we toured 'Estoy' we got requests from school officials to do a play about gang violence. That resulted in 'Mi Barrio Primero,' which we also toured," explained Ramon Flores, La Compania's artistic director.

Though both were successful, the company kept hearing some criticism that it put the pathologies in the Hispanic community under a microscope, which gave a distorted picture. …

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