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(from left) Reanne Acasio, Carol Cabrera, and Alexandra Slade, Celebrating Community Voices at the Powers New Voices Festival, 2019. Photo by Rich Soublet II.
By José Cruz González
Directed by James Vásquez
Sunday, January 24 at 7:00 p.m.
From the writer of American Marachi comes a story about baseball’s deep roots in the Mexican American community. When troublemaker Teo is assigned to clean up a vacant lot belonging to the elderly Elí O’Reilly, these two unlikely friends form a bond forged in history and America’s pastime. Inspired by the playwright’s research into the history of San Diego’s Logan Heights neighborhood, Under a Baseball Sky celebrates communities and individuals coming together to find hope, healing, and love.
Only one ticket per household is needed.
The Powers New Voices Festival is supported by Paula and Brian Powers. The Old Globe’s New Voices Play Development Program is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. The Old Globe’s Community Voices program is supported by grants from The James Irvine Foundation and Subaru of El Cajon. The James Irvine Foundation also supports the Globe's coLAB program. Fuente Ovejuna is supported by The Joseph Cohen and Martha Farish New Play Development Fund. The Old Globe's digital programs are supported in part by the Peggy and Robert Matthews Foundation.
Christopher Cruz† (Santi), Jesse J. Perez* (Chava), Christopher M. Ramirez† (Teo), Klarissa Marie Robles† (Paloma), Nancy Ticotin* (Elí), Gerardo Flores Tonella (Stage Directions)
Stage Manager: Chandra R.M. Anthenill*
Production Assistant: Andrea Morín Fernández
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association,the union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
†Student in The Old Globe and University of San DiegoShiley Graduate Theatre Program.
José Cruz González (Playwright) has previously written the plays American Mariachi (The Old Globe, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company), Sunsets & Margaritas (Denver Center), September Shoes (Geva Theatre Center), Curious (Teatro del Pueblo), The San Patricios (Pacific Conservatory Theatre), Among the Darkest Shadows (Wharton Center for Performing Arts), The Highest Heaven (Childsplay), The Long Road Today (South Coast Repertory), and The Astronaut Farmworker (La Jolla Playhouse; 2016 PEN Center USA Literary Award Finalist). González also wrote for “Paz,” the Emmy Award-nominated television series produced by Discovery Kids for The Learning Channel. He is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at The Kennedy Center. A collection of his plays, Nine Plays by José Cruz González: Magical Realism and Mature Themes in Theatre for Young Audiences,was published by University of Texas Press in 2009. He is a professor at California State University, Los Angeles and a member of the Dramatists Guild and TYA/USA. He is a Playwright-in-Residence at Childsplay in Tempe, Arizona.
James Vásquez (Director) recently directed the West Coast premieres of Hurricane Diane and Tiny Beautiful Things and the world premiere of American Mariachi at The Old Globe, where he has also directed Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Rich Girl, and Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show and provided musical staging and movement for several additional productions. His directing and choreography credits also include work at Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company, Children’s Theatre Company, and Dallas Theater Center, as well as developmental workshops for La Jolla Playhouse and Goodspeed Musicals. He is the recipient of the Craig Noel Award for his productions In the Heights (Moonlight Stage Productions) and Sweeney Todd (Cygnet Theatre Company). Vásquez is an amateur gardener, lover of dogs, and graduate of The Juilliard School.