T he ad called for young actors between 11 and 14 for a Christmas play set in New Mexico in the ‘40s. ‘Spanish-speaking a plus.’ I spoke with Marcel and then wrote to the director. My son doesn’t speak a lick of Spanish, I told her, but he could probably do whatever else the part required. Would she be interested in seeing him? She said she was and, in the end, Marcel was cast in a modest role. It was an exciting production for him to be a part of, too. There would be a real stage and different people designated to fulfill behind-the-scene roles of director, costume and set designer. Weeks passed before rehearsals began in earnest. Shortly thereafter, however, the casting assignments…