2016-2017 Season


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Previous Productions from the 2016 - 2017 Season

Artwork by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo

Artwork by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo

Crystal City 1969 is made possible in part by the Latino Center for Leadership Development. 


The design team for Crystal City 1969 includes Jeff Colangelo (fight choreography), Frida Espinosa Müller (masks and puppet design), Kristin Moore (costume design), Mark Pearson (lighting design), S-Ankh Rasa (musician and composer), Kenneth Verdugo (set design). The cast includes Edwin Aguilar, Del Alan, Jose Armendariz, Natalia Cornejo, Manny Cruz, Dustin Curry, Frida Espinosa Müller, Alejandra Flores, Rodney Garza, Brad Hennigan, Matt Holmes, Paula Jimenez, Jackie Kemp, Alycya Magaña, Chris Ramirez, Xavier Rodriguez, Lisette Sandoval, Sophia Teyolia, Laura Watson, and Eddie Zertuche.

Crystal City 1969

by David Lozano & Raul Treviño
Directed By David Lozano

September 24 - October 16, 2016

Cara Mía Theatre brings back this political tour de force just before the November elections. Written by Dallas natives David Lozano and Raul Treviño, Crystal City 1969 is based on the true story of Mexican-American students in south Texas who walked out of school and into civil rights history.

In 1969, students at Crystal City High School demanded that they be treated equally without prejudice. They were punished for speaking Spanish on campus, and forbidden to eat Mexican food in the cafeteria. They simply wanted what teenagers around the country wanted - to become a cheerleader, the homecoming queen, or a varsity athlete. However, these recognitions were almost exclusively reserved for non-Latinos while Latinos were punished for their culture. On December 9, 1969, student leaders Severita Lara, Diana Serna, and Mario Treviño led a walkout that transformed not only the local educational system but inspired their parents to run for political office. Based on a rarely discussed event in Texas history, Crystal City 1969 is an example of American democracy at its best.

Performed in English with some Spanish. Contains strong language.

The best new play of 2009-2010
— Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum, Dallas Morning News, and TheaterJones.Com
...a timely play that will certainly continue to resonate for years to come...
Gathering the community around this historically significant play is part of what Cara Mía Theatre Company does best
— Teresa Marrero, TheaterJones.com
Artwork by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo

Artwork by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo

SMU Meadow’s Ignite/Arts Dallas in collaboration with Cara Mía Theatre present

juárez: a documentary mythology

Conceived and Directed by Rubén Polendo
Created by Theater Mitu from a series of interviews in and around Cd. Juárez, Mexico

October 20, 22 & 23, 2016
Latino Cultural Center
2600 Live Oak
Dallas, Texas 75204

Once bearing the subtitle “Murder Capital of the World”, the northern Mexican city of Ciudad Juárez is a bustling laboratory of the future – a glimpse into the perfect-storm of economy driven politics, US drug consumption, government corruption, religious fervor, and familial honor all within the landscape of border politics. Drawn by the contradictions, history, and myth within and around this unique landscape, Theater Mitu conducted a series of interviews and investigations over a two-year period to explore the ever-complicated landscape of the US/Mexico border. Led by Theater Mitu’s Artistic Director Rubén Polendo (who was raised in Juárez), the company creates an artistic and emotional map of El Paso/Cd. Juárez, incorporating verbatim transcripts and a deep investment in corporeal authenticity in performance. The work frames Mitu actors as witnesses to memory and myth and as vehicles for transmission of the many stories that create a contemporary map of this incredible polemic border.

JUÁREZ: A Documentary Mythology was made possible with funding by The MAP Fund and New England Foundation for the Arts' National Theater Project, with lead funding form The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with touring support form the National Endowment for the Arts.

Performed in English. For general audiences.

Thursday and Saturday Evenings at 8:00 PM
No Friday Performance on October 21
Sunday Matinee at 3:00 PM

…nothing short of marvelous… powerfully moving… nobody with a taste for the epic and imaginative should miss Theater Mitu
— Nytheatre.com
Artwork by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo

Artwork by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo

The design team for Nuestra Pastorela includes Andrés Alameda (original composition, musician), Emilee Kyle (costume design), Linda Blase (lighting design), Frida Espinosa Müller (properties design), Tish Mussey (sheep design). The cast includes Edwin Aguilar, R. Andrew Aguilar, Alejandra Flores, Shawn Gann, Frida Espinosa Müller, Alycya Magaña, Omar Padilla, Priscilla Rice, Jamal Sterling

Nuestra Pastorela

By Jeffry Farrell & David Lozano
Directed by Jeffrey Colangelo

November 19 – December 11, 2016

Another Cara Mía favorite returns with Nuestra Pastorela and its family-friendly spin on a Mexican holiday tradition! Written by Dallas' own Jeffry Farrell and David Lozano, this unique and zany adaptation of the Mexican shepherd's tale features all the usual suspects. You'll see the Angel Gabriel, the shepherds traveling to Bethlehem, and the bumbling devils, depicted in the playful style of the Mexican folk tradition, plotting the shepherds' doom by tempting them with the seven mortal sins. When the shepherds don the "smallest mask in the world" (the red clown nose), chaos ensues and hilarity abounds with broad physical comedy and slapstick. You won't want to miss this one-of-a-kind production for anyone who is a child at heart!

Performed in English with some Spanish. Suitable for all ages.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday Evenings at 8:00 PM
Sunday Matinees at 2:30 PM

…a gift worth giving yourself
— TheaterJones.Com
a hoot... zany take on this Mexican holiday tradition
— Nancy Churnin, Dallas Morning News
“brightly spontaneous”
“Billed as a ‘family-friendly’ production, I would take it a step further and say Take Your Children to Nuestra Pastorela. It’s exhilarating and enchanting.”

“blending the raucousness with reverence in Cara Mia Theatre Co.’s delightful Nuestra Pastorela
— Dr. Darise Eror, Critical Rant & Rave
Artwork by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo

Artwork by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo

Learn More about the Playwright - Quiara Alegría Hudes

Courtesy of alchetron.com

Courtesy of alchetron.com

Quiara Alegría Hudes received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her playWater by the Spoonful. Previously, her play

Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue was a Pulitzer Finalist, and her most recent work, The Happiest Song Plays Last recently premiered at The Goodman Theatre. Hudes wrote the book to the Broadway musical In the Heights (music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda- Hamilton), which premiered off-Broadway and earned the Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.

In the Heights transferred to Broadway where it received the Tony Award for Best Musical, a Tony Nomination for Best Book of a Musical, and was named a Pulitzer Finalist. Hudes wrote the book and lyrics for a children's musical, Barrio Grrrl!, which premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and toured nationally. Hudes was born and raised in Philadelphia, where she recently returned to receive a Resolution from the City of Philadelphia. Her first play was produced in the tenth grade by Philadelphia Young Playwrights, where she now serves as a board member and mentor to other young writers. After graduating from public school, she received a B.A. in music composition from Yale and an M.F.A. in playwriting from Brown, where she studied with Paula Vogel. 

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yemaya's belly

By Quiara Alegría Hudes
Directed by Marisela Barrera
Original Music Score by S-Ankh Rasa
Dallas Premiere

March 4 - 19, 2017
Latino Cultural Center
2600 Live Oak
Dallas, Texas 75204

A boy is born into a humble farming family on a Latin American island, but after his first taste of a cold Coca-Cola, he dreams of a world beyond his family's meager acre. Yemaya’s Belly follows the boy's epic journey into manhood and materialism, from farm to city, to a raft sailing to the north to meet the "President of America".
Pulitzer Prize winning playwright of Water by the Spoonful and a collaborator with Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) on the musical In The Heights, Quiara Alegría Hudes creates an unflinching view of the struggle to reach the United States of America through whimsy and brutal honesty.

Performed in English. For ages 13 and up. Contains sexual references.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday Evenings at 8:00 PM
Sunday Matinees at 2:30 PM

The Dallas Observer interviews the cast of Yemaya's Belly about the timeliness of the show. Check it out HERE

…Hudes’s script is a recipe for stagecraft of the most energetic and whimsical flavors
— The Portland Phoenix
Artwork by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo

Artwork by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo

De troya

By Caridad Svich
Directed by David Lozano
World Premiere

Arts Mission Oak Cliff
410 S. Windomere Ave
Dallas, Texas 75208

April 29 – May 14, 2017

Mara rescues a mysteriously wounded girl on the riverbank while her two aunts worry their niece will disappear from the violence-ridden city without a trace. On the other side of the barrio, the nostalgic Horacio drives his restless grandson Gusty out of the house with another story from his childhood. Wanting more for their lives than their families and their city can give, Mara and Gusty meet on the edge of the city to confront the mystery of an unknown and wild forest.

Written by Obie-award winning playwright Caridad Svich, De Troya is a mash-up of a ghost story, a mythic urban fable and a cracked fairy tale for a contemporary world.

Performed in English with some Spanish. For mature audiences. Contains sexual situations.

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Evenings at 8:15 PM with Sunday Matinees at 3:15 PM

Caridad has a very original, very special kind of mind. It just goes wild and I admire that. She’s not restricted by anything
— Isabel Allende in Applause Magazine on The House of Spirits stage adaptation

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The Legend of the Bluebonnet
By Roxanne Schroeder-Arce
Directed by Robyn Flatt
October 23, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Dallas Children’s Theater

In collaboration with the Dallas Children’s Theater, Texas playwright Roxanne Schroeder-Arce adapts the children’s book, The Legend of the Bluebonnet, inspired by ancient legends regarding the appearance of the blue flower that covers the hills of Texas. In this new play in progress, a young girl reads the book at school and becomes inspired to go beyond the legend to explore her own family’s history, opening doors to the customs of Coahuiltican ancestors she never knew existed.


Anthem to Atzlán
By Tlaloc Rivas
Directed by David Lozano

Latino Cultural Center

This new play in progress by noted playwright and director Tlaloc Rivas is based on the life of poet/boxer/civil rights icon Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales who founded the Denver-based activist group, the Crusade for Justice, and was also a former 3rd-ranked fly weight boxer. His greatest contribution to social justice may have been his poem “I am Joaquin,” which re-expressed Chicano historical presence in the Southwest and challenged the hegemonic interpretation of Western expansion. More so for Mexican Americans interested in social justice and equality, the poem and Corky’s charismatic persona offered an identity of resistance, pride and cultural awareness. Tlaloc Rivas will explore the role of Gonzales as an influence on future Latino generations.

Anthem to Atzlán is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Su Teatro in Denver, Colorado, Cara Mía Theatre in Dallas, Texas, Borderlands in Tucson, Arizona and NPN. For more information: www.npnweb.org.

Where Earth Meets the Sky

By Edyka Chilomé, Ariana Cook, and Vanessa Mercado Taylor
Directed by Vanessa Mercado Taylor
February 10, 2017

Latino Cultural Center

After 1,200 years of roaming the galaxy, the remnant survivors of the dying Earth discover that their nutritional generators are failing. Though the Earth has long been considered uninhabitable due to the climate change and nuclear war of generations past, their final option is to return in hopes the Earth has become viable again. When Anghared262 crash lands on Earth with a mission of scouting for food samples, she not only stumbles upon thriving renewed nature, but peaceful people called Earthroots. On this new Earth, she encounters advanced organic technology, non-gender conforming ‘Two-Spirits’, and a new matriarchal, non-hierarchical counsel. Through this, she re-contextualizes history, her new identity and the choice she has to make about her mission and the impending colonization. Check out photos from the workshop HERE