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American Mariachi

March 23 – April 29, 2018
(Opening night: Thursday, March 29)

Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

A World Premiere
By José Cruz González
Directed by James Vásquez
In association with Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company

Spending her days caring for her ailing mother, Lucha yearns to break her monotonous routine. Here’s a wild idea: an all-girl mariachi band! But it’s the 1970s, and girls can’t be mariachis...or can they? As Lucha and her spunky cousin hunt for bandmates, dodge disapproving relatives, and bring Mom along for the ride, they wonder: will the band come together? American Mariachi is a heartwarming and hilarious world premiere comedy about family, progress, and the freedom to dream big that will send your heart soaring and put a bounce in your step with a wave of vibrant, infectious live music.

Production Sponsors
Globe Guilders
Paula and Brian Powers
Vicki and Carl Zeiger

Virtual Battle of the Mariachi Bands

Photos

Production Photos

(from left) Amanda Robles, Heather Velazquez, Jennifer Paredes, Natalie Camunas, and Crissy Guerrero; in a scene from American Mariachi, written by José Cruz González, directed by James Vásquez, in association with Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company, runs March 23 – April 29, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo by AdamsVisCom.
(from left) Amanda Robles, Heather Velazquez, Jennifer Paredes, Natalie Camunas, and Crissy Guerrero; in a scene from American Mariachi, written by José Cruz González, directed by James Vásquez, in association with Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company, runs March 23 – April 29, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo by AdamsVisCom.

Publicity Photos

José Cruz González
Playwright José Cruz González. American Mariachi, written by José Cruz González, directed by James Vásquez, and co-produced by Denver Center for the Performing Arts, runs March 23 – April 29, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of Cory González.

 

James Vásquez
Director James Vásquez. American Mariachi, written by José Cruz González, directed by James Vásquez, and co-produced by Denver Center for the Performing Arts, runs March 23 – April 29, 2018 at The Old Globe. Photo by Daren Scott.

 

American Mariachi, written by José Cruz González, directed by James Vásquez, and co-produced by Denver Center for the Performing Arts, runs March 23 – April 29, 2018 at The Old Globe. Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.
American Mariachi, written by José Cruz González, directed by James Vásquez, and co-produced by Denver Center for the Performing Arts, runs March 23 – April 29, 2018 at The Old Globe. Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.

Cast and Creative

Creative

José Cruz González (Playwright, American Mariachi)has written the plays American Mariachi and Sunsets & Margaritas (Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company), 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). Mr. González has written for “Paz,” the Emmy Award-nominated television series produced by Discovery Kids for The Learning Channel. The Astronaut Farmworker was a 2016 PEN Center USA Literary Award Finalist. 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 the 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, American Mariachi)Previously directed The Old Globe’s Rich Girl, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,and Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show and provided musical staging for the Globe’s The Comedy of Errors directed by Scott Ellis, Boeing-Boeing,and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program, he has directed Clybourne Park and last year’s world premiere of Keith Reddin’s Acquainted with the Night. He received Craig Noel Award nominations for Outstanding Direction of a Musical for the world premiere of Harmony, Kansas and the West Coast premiere of [title of show] (Diversionary Theatre) and won the award in 2010 for Sweeney Todd (Cygnet Theatre Company). His other recent directing/choreography credits include The Addams Family (Moonlight Stage Productions), West Side Story and Cats (San Diego Musical Theatre), Tell Me on a Sunday (Vista’s Broadway Theater), Pippin, the West Coast premiere of Birds of a Feather, and Next Fall (Diversionary), and Hedwig and the Angry Inch and Pageant (Cygnet), as well as developmental workshops at La Jolla Playhouse and Goodspeed Musicals. In 2004, Mr. Vásquez founded Daisy 3 Pictures with Mark Holmes and Carrie Preston. Their first two feature films, 29th and Gay and Ready? OK!, played national and international film festivals, with Ready? OK! winning Best Feature Film awards in Seattle, North Carolina, and San Diego. Their latest feature film, That’s What She Said, made its world premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Mr. Vásquez is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

Denver Center for the Performing Arts (Co-Producer, American Mariachi), the nation’s largest not-for-profit theatre organization, is dedicated to creating unforgettable shared experiences through beloved Broadway musicals, world-class plays, educational programs, and inspired events. As one of the DCPA’s six lines of programming, the Tony Award-winning DCPA Theatre Company has offered 420 productions in its 38 seasons, of which 140 were new works for the American theatre.

Reviews

“A big-hearted musical play, gorgeously executed! A warm family saga – a story at once personal and universal.  As the young women in the band each find their way to a universal style, the spirit is contagious!”—Denver Post