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El Borracho

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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 is forced to move in with his ex-wife Alma, who now has to care for the man she thought she’d never have to see again, and his son David, who has secrets he’s longing to share. Developed as part of the Globe’s 2020 Powers New Voices Festival, the world premiere of Tony Meneses’s compelling tragicomedy follows one family’s journey to come together so they can finally say goodbye.

Contains strong language.



Cast and Creative


Tony Meneses was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and raised in Albuquerque and Dallas. His plays include Guadalupe in the Guest Room, The Women of Padilla, twenty50, and The Hombres. He’s an alum of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Ars Nova Play Group, the Sundance Institute Playwrights Retreat at Ucross, Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship, Youngblood, and has been previously developed at the LARK Playwrights’ Week, the Berkeley Rep Ground Floor, the WildWind Performance Lab, the Denver Center New Play Summit, The Old Globe Powers New Voices Festival, and the Pacific Playwrights Festival. He’s a two-time recipient of the Kennedy Center Latinx Playwriting Award, is published by Dramatists Play Service, and has been previously commissioned by the Denver Center, Two River Theater, and The Juilliard School; he is currently under commission from The Old Globe. Education: The University of Texas at Austin, Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard.

Edward Torres (Director) has directed The Old Globe’s Familiar, Native Gardens, Water by the Spoonful, and two readings for the Powers New Voices Festival: What You Are (2017) and El Borracho (2020). He also one of the most recent fellows of The Old Globe Classical Directing Fellowship. He most recently directed the podcast of Macbeth for NEXT Podcast and the Play On Shakespeare series. He directed the world premiere of Kristoffer Diaz’s The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Victory Gardens Theater/Teatro Vista), which was named Best Play of 2009 by the Chicago Tribune and garnered Joseph Jefferson Awards for Best Production – Play and Best Director – Play. He has also directed at several regional theatres Including Geffen Playhouse, Second Stage Theatre, Goodman Theatre, The Public Theater, Repertorio Español, and more. His other awards included Latin ACE Award for Best Musical and the Artistas de Teatro Independiente Award for Best Director. He serves as an Assistant Professor of Practice in Theater at Wesleyan University, and is Artistic Director Emeritus at Teatro Vista. As a performer, he was recently seen in the critically acclaimed production of Bruce Norris’s Downstate, at both Steppenwolf Theatre Company and the National Theatre in London.


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Playwright Tony Meneses. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Playwright Tony Meneses. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Director Edward Torres. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Director Edward Torres. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.