Dallas — One of the first arts cancellations in the COVID-19 crisis was Dallas Theater Center's production of José Cruz González's American Mariachi (DTC also canceled Dominique Morriseau's Pipeline). The show was in rehearsal, and closed one day before the first preview.
The silver lining is that the final dress rehearsal was filmed, and DTC is offering you a ticket to stream the show. If you already had tickets, you'll get a link to stream it. If you want to buy a ticket, it's on a "pay what works for you" model, with price points at $15, $25, $50, $75, and $100.
The show, directed by Harry Godinez, is a co-production with Chicago's Goodman Theatre, where it has also been suspended. The cast is made up of Dallas and Chicago performers, including Gloria Vivica Benavides, Satya Chavez, Tiffany Solano DeSena, Lucy Godinez, Gigi Cervantes, Bobby Plansencia, Ricardo Gutierrez, and Christoper Llewyn Ramirez.
When you a buy a ticket, you'll receive a link and instructions within 24 hours of purchase, and will have two weeks to watch.
In American Mariachi, Lucha yearns to break her monotonous routine spent caring for her ailing mother, according to DTC's news release. So she gets the idea to form an all-girl mariachi band. But it’s the 1970s, and girls can’t be mariachis… or can they? As Lucha and her spunky cousin hunt for bandmates, dodge disapproving relatives and bring Mom along for the ride, they wonder: will the band come together? American Mariachi is a heartwarming and hilarious comedy about family, progress and the freedom to dream big. The play will send your heart soaring and put a bounce in your step with a wave of vibrant, infectious live music.
“One central theme of American Mariachi that I think is so important for our society today is the empowerment of young women, the idea that women are not beholden to traditions that are exclusionary,” said Henry Godinez, director of American Mariachi. “Though the play is set in the 1970s, the need for young women to be reminded that they can do anything men can do, is badly needed in our country today. The second thing the play addresses so beautifully is the issue of mental illness in our communities and the love, understanding and forgiveness it demands of family.”