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Los Pastores are plays (often with music) traditionally performed in Mexico and the US/Mexican Border region on Christmas Eve after the last of Las Posadas. Los Pastores are devotional theater, performed for the glory of God, and blend elements of the Spanish corral staging and Native American dance. The plays may have different topics, ranging from the Holy Family fleeing to Egypt to the death on the cross of Dimas, the Good Thief; but all include a quest and an obstacle that must be resolved. Gathered by Sr. Joan of Arc Heinrich of the Congregation of Divine Providence, this collection includes manuscripts of plays performed in various South Texas cities (from the 19th and 20th century), published plays performed in Mexico (some with French influence), locally composed music, recordings of play performances and their music, photos of performers and reviews of performances.

 
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