<em>Crystal City 1969</em>

2016-17 for Cara Mía Theatre Co.

Next season, Dallas' growing Chicano theater revisits Crystal City, has titles by Caridad Svich and Quiara Alegría Hudes, collaborations with Ignite/Arts Dallas and Dallas Children's Theater, and more.

published Monday, July 11, 2016

Photo: Adolfo Cantú Villarreal/TZOM Films
Crystal City 1969


Dallas — The 2016-17 season for Cara Mía Theatre Company has been announced, and it includes five mainstage productions and a new works reading series. The mainstage season begins with a revival of CMTC Artistic Director David Lozano and Raul Treviño's Crystal City 1969, which is the original collaborative work—a beautiful piece of protest theater—that brought Cara Mía out of hiatus in 2009, and was repeated the next year. Following that is a work from New York's Theater Mitu about the murders in Juárez, Mexico, called Juárez: A Documentary Mythology, a collabaration with SMU Meadows School of the Arts' Ignite/Arts Dallas.

Then we have the return of Cara Mía's Nuestra Pastorela, which it hasn't produced in several years. Following that is the area premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes' Yemaya's Belly, directed by Marisela Barrera, former Artistic Director of Cara Mía; and the mainstage season ends with the world premiere of Caridad Svich's De Troya, of which Lozano recently directed a staged reading at Fort Worth's Amphibian Stage Productions (we wrote about that here).

There will also be three works in a reading series, including one at Dallas Children's Theater, directed by Robyn Flatt.


Here is the complete news release, with dates, descriptions, ticket information and more:

DALLAS - (7/12/16) Cara Mía Theatre Co. is thrilled to announce its 2016-2017 season with a total of five exciting productions and a new works reading series. Cara Mía Theatre Co. continues its commitment to live theatre about the Latino experience in the United States by producing plays on social justice, developing new works, and bringing the US Latino theatrical canon to Dallas.

“For 20 years, Cara Mía Theatre has spoken to important social and political issues,” says David Lozano, Cara Mía Theatre’s Executive Artistic Director. “Our 2016-17 season will be no different. In what will be Cara Mía’s largest season to date, we will present the most successful political play in our company’s history during a turbulent election year, followed by a joyous holiday production for the entire family, a world premiere by an Obie winner and a classic by a Pulitzer Prize winner along with several new play development readings with an eye to the future. Cara Mía Theatre looks toward the upcoming season with excitement and with the purpose of inspiring the best from our artists and our community.”


Cara Mía Theatre Co.’s 2016-2017 Season


Crystal City 1969

By David Lozano and Raul Treviño

Directed by David Lozano

September 24 – October 16, 2016

Latino Cultural Center (2600 Live Oak, Dallas, Texas 75204)

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 in Texas history, Crystal City 1969 is an example of American democracy at its best.

Performed in English with some Spanish. Contains strong language.

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



Photo: Theater Mitu
Theater Mitu's Juarez: A Documentary Mythology

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

Theater Mitu’s original production

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 21, 22, and 24, 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 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with touring support from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Performed in English. For general audiences.


Photo: Courtesy
Quiara Alegría Hudes

Nuestra Pastorela

By Jeffry Farrell and David Lozano

Directed by Jeffrey Colangelo

November 19-December 11, 2016

Latino Cultural Center (2600 Live Oak, Dallas, Texas 75204)

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.



Yemaya’s Belly

By Quiara Alegría Hudes

Directed by Marisela Barrera (former artistic director of Cara Mía Theatre)

March 4-19, 2017

Latino Cultural Center (2600 Live Oak, Dallas, Texas 75204)

Area Premiere

A Cuban boy is born into a humble farming family but after his first taste of cold Coca-Cola, he dreams of a world beyond his family's meager acre. Naively yearning to meet the "President of America," Yemaya’s Belly follows his epic journey into manhood and materialism, from farm to city, to a raft sailing to the New World.

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright of Water by the Spoonful and a collaborator with Lin-Manuel Miranda on the musical In the Heights, Quiara Alegría Hudes creates an unflinching yet whimsical view of Cuban life and the struggle to reach the shores of the United States of America.

Performed in English. Suitable for general audiences.


De Troya

By Caridad Svich

Directed by David Lozano

April 29-May 14, 2017

World Premiere

Mara rescues a mysteriously wounded girl on the riverbank at night 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 barrio can give, Mara and Gusty meet on the edge of the city to confront the mystery of an unknown and wild forest.

Photo: Ann Marie Poyo
Caridad Svich

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.



In the Works: A New Play Development Reading Series


The Legend of the Bluebonnet

By Roxanne Schroeder-Arce

Directed by Robyn Flatt

October 22, 2016

Dallas Children’s Theater (5938 Skillman St, Dallas, TX 75231)

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 Aztlán 

By Tlaloc Rivas

Directed by David Lozano

January 15, 2017

Latino Cultural Center (2600 Live Oak, Dallas, Texas 75204)

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 Aztlán is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Su Teatro in Denver, Cara Mía Theatre in Dallas, Borderlands in Tucson, and NPN. For more information:



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 (2600 Live Oak, Dallas, Texas 75204) 

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. Thanks For Reading

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Next season, Dallas' growing Chicano theater revisits Crystal City, has titles by Caridad Svich and Quiara Alegría Hudes, collaborations with Ignite/Arts Dallas and Dallas Children's Theater, and more.
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