Dallas — The 2017-18 season for Cara Mía Theatre Company has been announced, and there are several important themes to note. Three of the four plays are world premieres, and the other, Deferred Action, was a world premiere last year. Three of the plays are by local writers, and the other, Yana Wana's Legend of the Bluebonnet, are by Texans. And finally, three of the four plays are by women or have a woman on the writing team. To boot, two of the four directors are women.
It kicks off with a remount of Deferred Action, by David Lozano and Lee Trull, which premiered at the Dallas Theater Center in 2016 and is the second part of a planned trilogy about immigration. (The first was the company's The Dreamers: A Bloodline.) This production will tour to three venues in North Texas (Dallas and Denton), then to Houston and finally to Los Angeles' Encuentro de las Americas International Theatre Festival in October.
Also in the season are world premiere full productions of plays presented in workshop in 2016: Gog and Magog: Two Clowns Trapped in Hell (a co-production with PrismCo Movement Theater) and When Earth Meets the Sky. The other is a co-production with Dallas Children's Theater, a bilingual production of Yana Wana’s Legend of the Bluebonnet by Roxanne Schroeder-Arce and María F. Rocha.
“My original vision for Cara Mía Theatre was to create new plays with a core ensemble that speak to the here and now of our city,” says David Lozano, Executive Artistic Director. “Ready to inspire social change, we will take our one-two punch of ensemble-based plays and our Community Action programs through North Texas, Los Angeles, and of course, right here in our own hometown.”
Here's the season, followed by subscription information:
By David Lozano and Lee Trull
Directed by David Lozano
Regional touring production commissioned by Ignite / Arts Dallas
Southern Methodist University (Dallas): Sept. 14 - Sept. 17, 2017
University of North Texas (Denton): Sept. 21 - Sept. 23, 2017
Latino Cultural Center (Dallas): Sept. 27- Sept. 29, 2017
Talento Bilingue (Houston): Oct. 5 - Oct. 7, 2017
Encuentro de las Americas International Theatre Festival (Los Angeles)
Latino Theatre Company in association with the Latinx Theatre Commons:
Oct. 29 - Nov. 19, 2017 (www.encuentrodelasamericas.org)
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.
Gog and Magog: Two Clowns Trapped in Hell
By Jeff Colangelo and Hope Endrenyi
World premiere co-produced with PrismCo Movement Theater
Directed by Jeff Colangelo
February 24 – March 11, 2018
Latino Cultural Center
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 Theater reunite for another co-production that will be sure to surprise and fill your bellies with laughter.
Yana Wana’s Legend of the Bluebonnet
By Roxanne Schroeder-Arce and María F. Rocha
Directed by Robyn Flatt
World premiere co-production with the Dallas Children’s Theater
Original music by Héctor Martínez Morales
Danzas choreographed by Evelio Flores
March 23 – April 8, 2018
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. After struggling with her new surroundings, María discovers an amazing and unknown ancestral connection to Yana Wana, the deer, and the bluebonnet, filling her with 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.
Where Earth Meets the Sky
By Edyka Chilomé, Ariana Cook, and Vanessa Mercado Taylor
Directed by Vanessa Mercado Taylor
April 14 – April 29, 2018
Latino Cultural Center
Where Earth Meets the Sky is an Indigenous Futurism / Sci-Fi performance on colonization 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 cultivated. 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.
SINGLE TICKET, SEASON PASS, and MEMBERSHIP PURCHASE INFORMATION
Passes & Memberships: $50 - $250
Box Office: 214-516-0706
Season Single Tickets: $18 ($15 for SMU leg of Deferred Action Tour)
Senior / Student / Veteran Tickets: $13
Child Tickets (12 & Under): $5 (Yana Wana's Legend of the Bluebonnet Only)
Opening Night Tickets: $25 (Includes Opening Night Reception at 7:00 PM)
Thursday Discount Nights: $13
Preview Nights: $10
Group Rates: $10 tickets for groups of 10 or more
ABOUT CARA MÍA THEATRE CO.
Cara Mía Theatre Co. is a non-profit theatre company that presents live accessible theatre by producing critically acclaimed published plays and creating new and experimental works while developing innovative and educational youth arts programming reflective of the Latino experience in the U.S.
Co-Founder Eliberto Gonzalez founded Cara Mía Theatre Co. in 1996 because he believed that Latino literature and its writers ought to be more accessible to the general public. With Adelina Anthony, Gonzalez started the company as a vehicle to bring the Chicano / US Latino experience to Dallas stages. Since, the cultural breadth of CMTC’s plays has expanded, and the company’s artistic approach has simultaneously evolved, especially since the arrival of current Executive Artistic Director David Lozano in 2002. To expand the company’s reach to non-theatre going Latinos, Lozano chose to focus on creating new bilingual plays that were both topical and theatrically unique. Trained in physical theatre, Lozano formed a resident artistic ensemble that devised new works in the form of clown and mask performance, poetic movement and topical, issue-driven plays that speak to the experiences of the local Latinos. Today, CMTC boasts of a 15-member resident artistic ensemble that creates new works and also produces classic and new plays by the most acclaimed Latino playwrights in the nation.
Cara Mía Theatre Co. is sponsored by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, The Law Offices of Domingo Garcia, Latino Center for Leadership Development, Embrey Family Foundation, the Communities Foundation of Texas, TACA, Texas Instruments Foundation, the Schubert Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Sammons Center for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, TZOM Films, National Endowment for the Arts, Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District, Univision 23, Latino Culinary Institute, and in partnership with the Latino Cultural Center.