2017-2018 Season

 

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Artwork by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo

Artwork by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo

Deferred Action Regional Tour Producing Sponsor - Latino Center for Leadership Development.

Southern Methodist University and Latino Cultural Center legs of the Deferred Action tour co-presented with Ignite/Arts Dallas.

About Encruentro De Las Américas

 The 2017 Encuentro seeks to establish an active dialogue between Latinx theatre companies in the United States and our counterparts in the Américas. This festival with feature three weeks of artistic exchange, cross-company co- creation, and presented performances, in repertory, for audiences in Los Angeles, including one weekend-long International Convening of leading Latinx and Latin American theatremakers and guests produced by Latinx Theatre Commons. Twelve participating companies with join the Latino Theater Company and work together during the three-week residency at The Los Angeles Theatre Center to share creative methodologies that will culminate in a performance of co-created new work during the International Convening. - LEARN MORE

Regional touring production commissioned by Ignite / Arts Dallas

Deferred Action

by David Lozano & Lee Trull
Directed By David Lozano

Southern Methodist University: Sept. 14 – Sept. 17, 2017
University of North Texas: Sept. 21 – Sept. 23, 2017
Latino Cultural Center: Sept. 27– Sept. 29, 2017 BUY
Talento Bilingue de Houston: Oct. 5 - Oct. 7, 2017 - BUY

Encuentro de las Americas International Theatre Festival (Los Angeles), Latino Theatre Company in association with the Latinx Theatre Commons (www.encuentrodelasamericas.org):  Oct. 29 – Nov. 19, 2017

Deferred Action focuses on Javier Mejía, one of the immigrants known as DREAMers who arrived in the USA as an undocumented minor. Now, after years in the States, he finds himself caught in the tangle of existing immigration laws, new presidential policies, and the harsh reality of living in the shadows. Javier hopes that temporary administrative mechanisms like Deferred Action will be the answer to his dilemma. But will hope be snatched away? Can politicians who say they are the DREAMers’ friends be trusted? Deferred Action follows the lives, loopholes, and dangers of those who dare to dream. 

Originally co-produced with the Dallas Theater Center in 2016, Deferred Action returns for Cara Mía Theatre’s first regional tour. At each stop, Cara Mía Theatre will partner with the North Texas Dream Team to discuss issues surrounding the play, the DREAM Act, immigration reform, and Latinos in politics.

Performed in English with some Spanish. Contains mature themes including the use of drugs, theatrical semi-automatic gunshots, and strong language.

Parking Information for Southern Methodist University HERE

As rousing, heart-wrenching drama punctuated with humor, pathos, and mysterious, soul-inspired revelations, Deferred Action makes a strong case for art’s capacity to move past reflecting life to inspiring its evolution—maybe even revolution?
— Alexandra Bonifield, American Theater Magazine
relevant, timely, audacious and engaging. Nobody walks out untouched. This play has muscle
— Teresa Marrero, TheaterJones.com
 
Artwork by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo

Artwork by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo


World Premiere Co-produced with Prism Movement Theatre

Gog and Magog: Two clowns trapped in hell

By Jeffrey Colengelo and Hope Endrenyi
Directed by Jeffrey Colangelo

February 24 - March 11, 2018

Latino Cultural Center
2600 Live Oak
Dallas, Texas 75204

Gog and Magog are two clowns trapped in hell’s kitchen and their only hope of escape is cooking the perfect meal for God. Though Gog and Magog are best friends, they are terrible cooks. Their friendship is tested along with their culinary skills in this wordless comedy in the tradition of Mump and Smoot and the Three Stooges. Cara Mía Theatre and Prism Movement Theatre reunite for another co-production that will be sure to surprise and fill your bellies with laughter.

Performed without words. Appropriate for all ages.

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

Lozano, should he consider changing careers into acting, could certainly have a future in comedy... entertaining
— Teresa Marrero, TheaterJones.Com
 
Artwork Treatment by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo

Artwork Treatment by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo

World premiere co-production with the Dallas Children’s Theater

yana wana's Legend of the bluebonnet

By Roxanne Schroeder-Arce and María F. Rocha
Directed by Robyn Flatt
Original Music by Héctor Martínez Morales
Danzas choreographed by Evelio Flores


March 23 - April 8, 2018
Dallas Children's Theater
5938 Skillman
Dallas, Texas 75231

Ten-year-old María is having trouble in school, so her mom sends her to stay with her Coahuiltecan grandmother in distant Laredo for discipline and perspective. There, María is told an ancient story of young Yana Wana who followed a revered deer to find water to save her people. Yana Wana’s story exposes an amazing and unknown ancestral connection to the bluebonnet that gives María a renewed sense of self and family pride. You may have read one version in school; now we invite you to come see the legend through the eyes of Yana Wana in this world premiere. A beautiful, original play that illustrates the power of heritage and the value of one’s own story – especially one as ancient as the petroglyphs of Texas.

Performed in English. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

...it was called Home. There were no borders, just land. And right here on this land, what is now Texas and northern Mexico, there was a strong group of People….Coahuiltecan people, your ancestors
— Abuela, in Yana Wana's Legend of the Bluebonnet
 
Artwork by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo

Artwork by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo

World Premiere

Where earth Meets the sky

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

Latino Cultural Center
2600 Live Oak
Dallas, Texas 75204

April 14 – April 29, 2018

Where Earth Meets the Sky is an Indigenous Futurism / Sci-Fi performance on socialization and environmental destruction. Anghared262 is from Omnivessel, which left the earth in the year 2050.  She is sent to the once-dying Earth with a mission of scouting for food samples.  When she encounters Earthroot, she enters her ancestral past and questions her allegiance to Omnivessel.  Earthroot, a peaceful, global, matriarchy, must face the impending colonization as they lose two of their own to Anghared’s arrival.

The Creators are committed to creating spaces where Wombyn of Color imagine possible futures in collective. Where Earth Meets the Sky will become a part of a larger Transmedia Storytelling Project through future collaborations and a collective imagining where decolonization, healing, and a reclaiming of our ancestral knowledge is not only possible but intentionally created. Our goal is to bring together radical thinkers and artists towards creating a fictional narrative that spans over a thousand years in the history of Earth and creates a community engaged in resisting the violence and greed in our present dominating culture.

Performed in English with some Spanish and languages yet known. Rated PG13.

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

The sophistication of the concepts at hand and the sheer beauty of the language in this play makes it worthy of the word ‘intelligent’... a piece devised among the predominantly female, multi-racial cast with much thought given to every detail of the plot, characters, and the production.
— Teresa Marrero, TheaterJones.com
 

In The Works: A New Play Development Reading Series

Attend the special readings below with a Flex, Single, Dual, or Gold Membership!

The Legend of the Bluebonnet
By Roxanne Schroeder-Arce and María F. Rocha
Directed by Robyn Flatt
October 21, 2017
Dallas Children’s Theater

Ten-year-old María is having trouble in school, so her mom sends her to stay with her Coahuiltecan grandmother in distant Laredo for discipline and perspective. There, María is told an ancient story of young Yana Wana who followed a revered deer to find water to save her people. Yana Wana’s story exposes an amazing and unknown ancestral connection to the bluebonnet that gives María a renewed sense of self and family pride. You may have read one version in school; now we invite you to come see the legend through the eyes of Yana Wana in this world premiere. A beautiful, original play that illustrates the power of heritage and the value of one’s own story – especially one as ancient as the petroglyphs of Texas.

Community Conversation to follow reading. Co-produced with Dallas Children's Theater.

Where Earth Meets the Sky
By Edyka Chilomé, Ariana Cook, and Vanessa Mercado Taylor
Directed by Vanessa Mercado Taylor
December 15 at 7:30 PM
December 16 at 7:30 PM
Latino Cultural Center

Where Earth Meets the Sky is an Indigenous Futurism / Sci-Fi performance on socialization and environmental destruction. Anghared262 is from Omnivessel, which left the earth in the year 2050.  She is sent to the once-dying Earth with a mission of scouting for food samples.  When she encounters Earthroot, she enters her ancestral past and questions her allegiance to Omnivessel.  Earthroot, a peaceful, global, matriarchy, must face the impending colonization as they lose two of their own to Anghared’s arrival.

The Creators are committed to creating spaces where Wombyn of Color imagine possible futures in collective. Where Earth Meets the Sky will become a part of a larger Transmedia Storytelling Project through future collaborations and a collective imagining where decolonization, healing, and a reclaiming of our ancestral knowledge is not only possible but intentionally created. Our goal is to bring together radical thinkers and artists towards creating a fictional narrative that spans over a thousand years in the history of Earth and creates a community engaged in resisting the violence and greed in our present dominating culture.

Crusade for Justice: The Corky Gonzales Story
By Tlaloc Rivas
Directed by David Lozano
March 17, 2017
Dallas Children’s Theater

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.

Crusade for Justice: The Corky Gonzales Story 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.