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El Borracho

February 17 - March 20

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

El Borracho


February 17 – March 20, 2022

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

By Tony Meneses
Directed by Edward Torres

Raul is ill. He drinks, because he always drinks, just like el borracho on the lotería card. In his final months, Raul moves in with his ex-wife, who swore she’d never see him again, and their son, who’s longing to connect with his father at last. Developed as part of the Globe’s 2020 Powers New Voices Festival, the world premiere of Tony Meneses’s vibrant dramedy follows one family’s journey to come together so they can finally say goodbye.

Contains strong language.

Running time: One hour and thirty minutes. There is no intermission.

Vicki and Carl Zeiger Insights Seminar: Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 5:45 p.m.

Open Caption Performance: Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.

El Borracho is supported by production sponsors The Joseph Cohen and Martha Farish New Play Development Fund and Univision San Diego.

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“Directed by Edward Torres with comic dash, freeze-frame action and playful between-scenes choreography. As Raul, Jesse J. Perez gives a marvelous, multifaceted performance that’s very funny, as well as charming, quirky, proud and mournful. The wonderful Zilah Mendoza plays Alma with the steely resolve of a woman who refuses to be hurt again by a man incapable of change. Matthew Martinez brings a youthful, nervous energy to David, who may love his flawed parents but keeps them at an emotional distance to protect himself and his secrets.” —The San Diego Union-Tribune

“Entertaining and touching. Full of laughter, color, and warmth.” —Broadway World

“A masterpiece! Feel good and balanced. A magnificent composition.” —Chula Vista Today

Cast and Creatives



Tony Meneses (Playwright) Denver Center: twenty50. Two River Theater: The Hombres, Guadalupe in the Guest Room, The Women of Padilla. Development: The Old Globe’s Powers New Voices Festival, South Coast Rep’s NewSCRipt Series and Pacific Playwrights Festival, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, Denver Center’s New Play Summit, Lark’s Playwrights’ Week. Alumnus: Soho Rep’s Writer Director Lab, Ars Nova’s Play Group, Sundance Institute’s Playwrights Retreat at Ucross, Playwrights Realm’s Writing Fellowship, EST’s Youngblood. Commissions: The Old Globe, South Coast Rep, Denver Center, Two River Theater, Juilliard. Education: UT Austin, Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard.

Edward Torres (Director) The Old Globe: Familiar, Native Gardens, Water by the Spoonful; Powers New Voices Festival: What You Are (2017), El Borracho (2020); Classical Directing Fellow. Recent: Macbeth (Next Chapter Podcasts/Play On Podcasts). Regional: world premiere of Kristoffer Diaz’s The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Victory Gardens Theater/Teatro Vista; Best Play from Chicago Tribune, Jeff Awards for Best Production, Best Director), Geffen, Second Stage, Goodman, Public Theater, Repertorio Español, more. Other awards: Latin ACE Award, Artistas de Teatro Independiente Award. Other: Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University, Artistic Director Emeritus at Teatro Vista. Recent performing credits: Downstate (Steppenwolf, London’s National), 2021 Old Shakespeare Fellow.

David Israel Reynoso (Scenic Design and Costume Design) The Old Globe: Scrooge, Hair, As You Like It, The Tempest, The Wanderers, Red Velvet, The Blameless, tokyo fish story, Constellations, Twelfth Night, Arms and the Man, Water by the Spoonful, Time and the Conways, Double Indemnity, Be a Good Little Widow. Other theatre: Optika Piñata, Portaleza, Las Quinceañeras, Waking La Llorona (as creator/director, Optika Moderna/La Jolla Playhouse), Sleep No More (Punchdrunk, NYC, Shanghai), ACT, ART, Arena, Finnish Ballet, Portland Center Stage, WP, Seattle Rep, others. Further work: Teatro Piñata (New Children’s Museum), Hostile Terrain 94, PostSecret, Living with Animals (Museum of Us). Obie Award, Creative Catalyst Grant recipient. davidreynoso.com, @designreynoso on Instagram.

Mextly Couzin (Lighting Design) Mexican lighting designer based in New York and Los Angeles. The Old Globe: As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet (as assistant lighting designer). Off Broadway/New York: Tambo and Bones (Playwrights Horizons), Kimberly Akimbo, Sunday (as assistant lighting designer; Atlantic Theater Company), Temporary Occupant, The Woman’s Party (Clubbed Thumb), Indecent (Juilliard School). Regional: Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, San Diego Symphony, Malashock Dance. Education:M.F.A.from UC San Diego (2020). mextlycouzin.com.

David R. Molina (Original Music and Sound Design) Regional: King Lear (STL Shakespeare Festival), Quixote Nuevo (Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre, Alley Theatre, Round House), Mojada (Rep of St. Louis, CTG, OSF), Two Trains Running (Seattle Rep, Arena Stage), Macbeth (Next Chapter Podcasts/Play On Podcasts). Resident Artist: Brava Theater, NAKA Dance Theater, Human Shakes. Awards: L.A. Ovation, Creative Capital Grant, Wattis Fund, InterMusic SF Musical Grant Program, San Francisco Arts Commission Grant (2021). Instrument design/multimedia art: SFMOMA, The Broad, Oakland Museum of California, McLoughlin Gallery. Music collaborations: Tau (Berlin), Emanative (U.K.), El Paso (Peru), The Pyramids. Bands: Impuritan, Ghosts and Strings, Transient. drmsound.com.

Caparelliotis Casting (Casting) The Old Globe: Shutter Sisters, Hurricane Diane, Noura, They Promised Her the Moon, Tiny Beautiful Things, Barefoot in the Park, The Wanderers, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Skeleton Crew. Select Broadway: Macbeth, The Minutes, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, King Lear, Hillary and Clinton, Ink, The Waverly Gallery, The Boys in the Band, Three Tall Women, Meteor Shower, A Doll’s House Part 2, Jitney, The Glass Menagerie, Blackbird, Fish in the Dark, Disgraced, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. Additional theatre: MTC, Signature, Atlantic, McCarter, Goodman, Berkeley Rep. Television: “New Amsterdam” (NBC), “American Odyssey” (NBC).

Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager) The Old Globe: Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Hurricane Diane, Noura, As You Like It, They Promised Her the Moon, Familiar, The Imaginary Invalid, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Love’s Labor’s Lost, tokyo fish story, In Your Arms, Bright Star, Othello, Water by the Spoonful, Pygmalion, A Room with a View, Robin and the 7 Hoods, dozens more. Regional: Noura (Shakespeare Theatre Company), Indecent, Side Show, Ruined, The Third Story, Memphis, Most Wanted (La Jolla Playhouse), Post Office (Center Theatre Group). Education: Vanderbilt University.


David Caparelliotis, CSA
Joseph Gery