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El Borracho

Februrary 17 – March 20, 2022
(Opening night: Thursday, February 24, 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.

El Borracho is supported by production sponsor Univision.

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

Cast and Creative


Tony Meneses (Playwright, El Borracho) 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 is an alumnus of the Soho Rep. Writer/Director Lab, Ars Nova Play Group, Sundance Institute Playwrights Retreat at Ucross Foundation, The Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship, and Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, and his work has been previously developed at the Lark Play Development Center Playwrights’ Week, Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s The Ground Floor, WildWind Performance Lab, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company’s Colorado New Play Summit, The Old Globe’s Powers New Voices Festival, and South Coast Repertory’s Pacific Playwrights Festival. He is a two-time recipient of The Kennedy Center Latinx Playwriting Award, is published by Dramatists Play Service, and has been previously commissioned by Denver Center, Two River Theater, and The Juilliard School. He is currently under commission from The Old Globe. He studied at The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and The Juilliard School.

Edward Torres (Director, El Borracho) 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.


Publicity Photos

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.
Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.
Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.