Cara Mía Theatre’s 24th Anniversary Season


This is a new kind of season for Cara Mía Theatre that convenes artists from around the country and different local communities to turn our theatre into a gathering place for diverse voices.”
— David Lozano, Executive Artistic Director
 
 
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Artwork by Manuel Herrera / allo creative

Artwork by Manuel Herrera / allo creative

NYC’s Pregones and the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater’s

Evolution of a Sonero

(August 15 - August 18, 2019)

Written and performed by Flaco Navaja
Music performed live by the Razor Blades
Directed by Jorge B. Merced

With unabashed love for The Bronx, a gift for crafting memorable characters, and genuine good humor, Navaja and five top-notch musicians – aka The Razor Blades – bring on the charm, the rhythm, and the soul essential to a Bronx Sonero. Paying homage to many great musical icons—from Janis Joplin to Menudo, from The Doors to Héctor Lavoe, from Jimi Hendrix to Rubén Blades—the play is as much about Navaja’s creative evolution as it is about the wild mix that gives life to a rhyme, a people and a culture.

All performances performed at:
Latino Cultural Center
2600 Live Oak
Dallas, Texas 75204

Please note: Recommended for ages 15 and up. Performance is in English, but some Spanish may be used.

Artwork by Manuel Herrera / allo creative

Artwork by Manuel Herrera / allo creative

In association with a todo dar productions from Austin, TX

Your Healing is Killing Me

(August 22 - August 25, 2019)

Written by Virginia Grise
Performed by Florinda Bryant
Directed by Kendra Ware

When a health system based in capitalism meets a Queer, Chicana body, its full limitations come into sharp focus. The result is a manifesto full of clarity into the revolution that must come in order for our society to truly care for its most vulnerable. Based on lessons learned in San Antonio free health clinics and New York acupuncture schools; from the treatments and consejos of curanderas, abortion doctors, Marxist artists, community health workers, and bourgie dermatologists.

All performances performed at:
Latino Cultural Center
2600 Live Oak
Dallas, Texas 75204

Your Healing is Killing Me is a collaborative touring production in development.

Please note: Recommended for ages 18 and up. Performance is in English.

Artwork by Manuel Herrera / allo creative

Artwork by Manuel Herrera / allo creative

Ursula

(August 29 - September 8, 2019)

Written and Performed by Frida Espinosa-Müller
Composed and Performed by Armando Monsivais

Ursula tells the journey of Nadia, a 7 year-old, separated from her mother after seeking asylum at the US-Mexico border. As Nadia waits for her asylum to be processed, she reflects on the difficulties she is leaving behind in Honduras and the new reality she is facing. Live, original music from will take audiences into Nadia’s mind as she tries to make sense of all that is happening around her.

All performances performed at:
Latino Cultural Center
2600 Live Oak
Dallas, Texas 75204

Ursula is a Cara Mía Theatre touring production in development.

Please note: Recommended for ages 10 and up. Performed primarily in Spanish with English supertitles.


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Artwork by Manuel Herrera / allo creative

Dallas Premiere

Swimming While Drowning

November 30 – December 15, 2019

By Emilio Rodriguez
Directed by Jorge B. Merced

Angelo and Mila are fifteen and homeless. Angelo is chasing dreams while Mila is chasing survival. When they become roommates at a shelter for LGBTQ teens, they build a fragile bond that inspires them to reach for understanding and self-acceptance. Emilio Rodríguez’s coming-of-age story fearlessly explores the resilience of young gay and trans teens.

All performances performed at:
Latino Cultural Center
2600 Live Oak
Dallas, Texas 75204

Recommended for ages 16 and up. Performed in English.


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Artwork by Manuel Herrera / allo creative

The House on Mango Street

February 20 – March 8, 2019

Written by Sandra Cisneros
Adapted by Amy Ludwig
Directed by David Lozano

Esperanza's story is the experience of so many Latinas between childhood and adolescence. We see her rush into the innocent games, fantasies and friendships of childhood, yet she begins to become conscious of the dangers and contradictions of being a young women living in the barrio. Esperanza tries to make sense of her place in the world while observing the lives of the women around her and decides hers is going to be different.

All performances performed at:
Latino Cultural Center
2600 Live Oak
Dallas, Texas 75204

Recommended for ages 13 and up.


Artwork by Manuel Herrera / allo creative

Artwork by Manuel Herrera / allo creative

Regional Premiere

My Red Hand, My Black Hand

May 15 – May 31, 2019

By Dael Orlandersmith
Directed by Ed Smith

The regional premiere of Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright Dael Orlandersmith’s MY RED HAND, MY BLACK HAND concludes Cara Mia Theatre’s 24th Season and marks the return of the Café/Negro Series, a co-production with Soul Rep Theatre! The play unfolds as a teenager describes the past, present and future of her parents' cultures. She tells us about the "Red" Tlingit and Lakota parentage of her father, who leaves the reservation to play the blues in Boston, and the "Black" rural Virginia background of her mother, who goes to Boston seeking the big-city life. Her parents meet at a dance and fall in love, but not without the complications of prejudice from their families.

Recommended for ages 14 and up. Performed in English.

 

In The Works: A New Play Development Reading Series

The Sweetheart Deal
By Diane Rodriguez

In 1970, Mari and Will decide to leave their comfortable middle class life in San Jose, California and volunteer for El Malcriado, the underground newspaper for the United Farmworkers Union. It's a tumultuous time for Cesar Chavez' union and the couple find themselves in the middle of a violent struggle that forces Mari to take the lead to protect herself and her husband.

FantasmX
By Hector Cantu

From the co-creator of the syndicated comic strip Baldo, comes FantasmX. Returning home from his first year at college, Polo Ramírez sees his neighborhood is not what it used to be. As the barrio crumbles under the weight of crime and injustice, Polo realizes something must be done. Just in time, his mysterious abuelita has the same idea. Sometimes you have to do more than give back. You have to fight back. Not to be a hero. But a superhero.

Barrio Viejo
Developed by Cara Mía Theatre

Members of Cara Mía will interview la gente from the barrios of Dallas to give voice to the past, present and future Latinx legacy of our city.