Dallas — The new season for Cara Mía Theatre Company kicks off with a bang: a co-production with Ignite/Arts Dallas of Alex Alpharoah's play WET: A DACAmented Journey that will tour from Dallas to Austin, Chicago, Connecticut, Denton and Boston. The director is Jaime Castañeda, the Texas Christian University graduate who has directed in North Texas and arround the country is currently on staff at La Jolla Playhouse.
The season follows with the return of Mexico City's Laboratorio de la Máscara and Tina's Journey (see video above); the area premiere of Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima; the return of the new works festival Teatro en Fugo; and staged readings throughout the season of works by local and regional writers.
Below is the full news release with dates, descriptions, ticket info and more:
Cara Mía Theatre’s 18-19 season signals more expansion for the Dallas organization as it ramps up various local, national and international collaborations and its second national tour of a politically-charged production.
“We are speaking from the heart of our contemporary Latino experiences with our 18-19 season,’” says Executive Artistic Director David Lozano. “From a national touring production that touches on the burning issues surrounding immigration to the return of a highly theatrical play for families featuring Mexican folk masks, Cara Mía Theatre’s 18-19 season responds to the current political maelstrom with art, culture and stories that we insist must flow freely across our borders. These plays revel in the beauty of Latinos and people of color while relentlessly speaking to the challenges of our times. With this new season, Cara Mía Theatre is putting its best foot forward as a cultural institution.”
Cara Mía Theatre’s 2018-19 Season
WET: A DACAmented Journey
By Alex Alpharoah
Directed by Jaime Castañeda
National Tour co-produced with Ignite/Arts Dallas
Theatre Too (Dallas, TX): Sept. 21 – 30, 2018
Teatro Vivo (Austin, TX): Oct. 4 – 7, 2018
Destinos Latino Theatre Festival (Chicago, IL): Oct. 11 – 13, 2018
St. Joseph’s University (West Hartford, CT): Oct. 18 – 20, 2018
University of North Texas (Denton, TX): Oct. 31 – Nov. 3, 2018
Arts Emerson (Boston, MA): Nov. 8 – 25, 2018
WET: A DACAmented Journey is the story of what it means to be an American in every sense of the word except one: on paper. Based on a true story, WET chronicles one DACA recipient’s ongoing battle of living all but his first three months of life in the United States as an undocumented citizen. Written and performed by Alex Alpharaoh from Los Angeles and directed by Jaime Castañeda, Associate Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse, WET vividly captures the precarious, red-tape-ravaged life of one “DREAMer”.
The touring version of WET: A DACAmented Journey is co-commissioned by Cara Mía Theatre, Ignite/Arts Dallas and Arts Emerson. Strong language.
By Berta Hiriart
Directed by Alicia Martínez Álvarez
In association with the Laboratorio de la Máscara (Mask Laboratory) from Mexico City
November 15 – December 2, 2018
Latino Cultural Center
Tina’s Journey is about a young girl, her family and her ancestors who hope to cross the U.S.-Mexico border before the Day of the Dead holidays. For safe-keeping, Tina takes a piece of her native land in her pocket and her personal history in her heart. She also leaves a trail of marigolds for her ancestors to safely follow her family across the border. However, Tina’s new reality in the United States makes her ill to the edge of death. She believes that her past has abandoned her but her eldest ancestor helps her understand that the coexistence of the two cultures will form part of her new identity.
Performed in contemporary and Mexican folk masks, Tina’s Journey is a visually stunning, whimsical yet heartfelt production that is a treasure for all ages. Originally created for families and young audiences, Tina’s Journey is also a joyful and accessible way for young people to learn about the migration of children into the United States.
Appropriate for all ages. Performed in Spanish with English supertitles.
Bless Me, Ultima
By Rudolfo Anaya
Directed by David Lozano
February 15 – March 3, 2019
Latino Cultural Center
Antonio Marez is six years old when Ultima enters his life. She is a curandera, one who heals with herbs and magic. 'We cannot let her live her last days in loneliness,' says Antonio's mother. 'It is not the way of our people,' agrees his father. Ultima comes to live with Antonio's family in New Mexico and graces him with the courage to face the challenges of childhood. Under Ultima’s guidance, Tony will probe the family ties that bind him, and he will find in himself the magical secrets of his ancestors. Based on the award-winning Chicano novel by Rudolfo Anaya, Bless Me, Ultima is a story about faith, healing and community genuine to Mexican-American cultures throughout the southwest United States.
Recommended for ages 7 and up.
Teatro en Fuga: A Festival of New Works
A festival of new works created by members of Cara Mía’s resident ensemble
April 12 – April 28, 2019
Latino Cultural Center
Teatro Fuga returns for a one-of-a-kind festival in North Texas featuring new plays by members of Cara Mía’s resident ensemble. All plays are works in progress and will be presented as an opportunity to see Cara Mía develop new work from within its company for world premiere productions in future seasons. Titles TBA.
NEW PLAY READING SERIES
A collaboration with The Sol Project from New York, NY
Don’t Eat The Mangos
by Ricardo Pérez González
Don’t Eat The Mangos tells the story of three sisters living outside of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The sisters are faced with the daunting task of caring for their cancer-stricken Mami and their wheelchair-bound Papi. Despite being paralyzed, Papi still rules his family through fear, intimidation and the ringing of a small bell. Family secrets surface, relationships are tested and the sisters are forced to contend with a legacy of trauma.
by KJ Sanchez
What does home mean? What does family look like? How do we keep our culture’s history, stories, and traditions alive? With equal helpings of heart and joy, Grandma’s Empanadas is a new play exploring a community’s heritage and identity through music, food and personal narratives. This play is based entirely on interviews with Milwaukee’s Latino community.
by Ariana Cook
Single white mother to two mixed-race teenagers, Caroline is overwhelmed. Her children grow more distant by the day with her son’s constant absence from home to ‘chill’ with friends and her daughter’s further retreat into herself, talking less and less. After her daughter’s attempted suicide and with years of no word from her children’s father, she calls her estranged black mother-in-law for help. Grandma Reese’s arrival brings tension and the unraveling of a secret family history. Pilgrimage shines a light on the complicated politics of identities and families of mixed race.
SINGLE TICKET, SEASON PASS, and MEMBERSHIP PURCHASE INFORMATION
Passes & Memberships: $50 - $250
Box Office: 214-516-0706
Season Single Tickets: $18
Senior / Student / Veteran Tickets: $13
Child Tickets (12 & Under): $5 (Tina’s Journey and Bless Me Ultima Only)
Opening Night Tickets: $25 (Includes Opening Night Reception)
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 Latino Center for Leadership Development, Mercado 369, Law Offices of Domingo Garcia, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District, TACA, The Shubert Foundation, Communities Foundation of Texas, Texas Instruments, Texas Commission on the Arts, Time Warner Foundation, Ignite/Arts Dallas, The Dallas Foundation, The Embrey Family Foundation, The Hillcrest Foundation, The Mid-America Arts Alliance, Melinda D. and Jim A. Johnson, The National Endowment for the Arts, Pepsico Foundation, Central Market, Sammons Center for the Arts, The AT&T Performing Arts Center, University of North Texas.
In Partnership with the Latino Cultural Center.