Real love: Cesaria Hernandez and Duane Minard are married off-stage, cast as leads.
The “Ramona” pageant has long been a labor of love for first-time Alessandro actor Duane Minard and his wife, Cesaria Hernandez, now a four-time Ramona.
With Yurok and Paiute heritage, Minard's casting continues the recent tradition of casting American Indian men in the role of Alessandro, the Indian who falls in law with Ramona.
The role had previously been played by Whipple, who is of Navajo and Sioux heritage and who played Alessandro for 10 seasons.
Anyway, good to see that someone understands the importance of casting Natives to play Natives.
For more on the subject, see Native Plays and Other Stage Shows.
Below: "Cesaria Hernandez, left, and Duane Minard, right, were cast to play Ramona and Alessandro in this year’s production of ‘Ramona.’ Minard said he plans to play a less-theatrical Alessandro and that he and his wife have always wanted to play opposite each other in the play."