The Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum will host its Second Annual La Pastorela: A Christmastime Tradition produced by Teatro Dominguez of CSU Dominguez Hills. A Pastorela is a traditional Mexican Christmas play depicting the nativity from the point of view of the pastores, or shepherds, who traveled to Bethlehem to see the baby Jesus.
Pastorelas are a beloved part of Christmas festivities throughout Mexico and the Southwest. The tradition began with Spanish missionaries who brought Christianity to the indigenous
people of Mexico in the 16th Century. They made their way to Alta California along with early Spanish settlers. There were public performances in Pueblo de Los Angeles during the
1800s. Prominent Californios took part in pastorelas; Governor Pío Pico portrayed el diablo, or the devil, in one of these plays. Pastorelas are told with plenty of humor, hijinks, music,
and colorful costumes and masks. Hundreds of unique versions of this play exist; the moral of the tale is always the same: good triumphs over evil.
La Pastorela will be produced by Teatro Dominguez, a multi-cultural theater group based at CSU Dominguez Hills which draws on ethnic folk tales to teach about social change. We are
pleased that Teatro Dominguez has tailor-made a Pastorela that incorporates elements of the history of the Dominguez family and Rancho San Pedro.
The Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum is pleased to provide a venue for the public to celebrate the holiday season. La Pastorela will take place on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 3:00pm.