Rodney Garza, Elizabeth Ramos, Arturo Soria, Stephanie Cleghorne Jasso, and Ivan Jasso in "Deferred Action" at Cara Mia Theatre. (Photo by Karen Almond)

Cara Mía Theatre Announces 2016-17 Season

The Dallas theatre’s lineup features five productions and a new works reading series.

DALLAS: Cara Mía Theatre Co., which produces theatre about the Latino experience in the United States, has announced its 2016-17 season.

“For 20 years, Cara Mía Theatre has spoken to important social and political issues,” executive artistic director David Lozano said in a statement. “Our 2016-17 season will be no different. In what will be Cara Mía’s largest season to date, we will present the most successful political play in our company’s history during a turbulent election year, followed by a joyous holiday production for the entire family, a world premiere by an Obie winner, and a classic by a Pulitzer Prize winner along with several new-play development readings with an eye to the future.”

The season will kick off with Crystal City 1969 (Sept. 24-Oct. 16) by David Lozano and Raul Treviño. The play is based on the true story of a group of Mexican-American students in south Texas who staged a walkout to protest racial prejudice on their campus. Lozano will direct.

Next will be JUÁREZ: A Documentary Mythology (Oct. 21-24), conceived by Rubén Polendo and created by Theater Mitu. Based on a series of 2016 interviews with individuals from Cd. Juárez, Mexico, the play offers a journalistic glimpse into the a Mexican city that has been called the “Murder Capital of the World.” Polendo will direct.

Following will be Nuestra Pastorela (Nov. 19-Dec. 11) by Jeffry Farrell and David Lozano. A family-friendly adaptation of the Mexican shepherd’s tale, the play tells the story of a group of shepherds traveling to Bethlehem. Jeffrey Colangelo will direct.

Next up will be Yemaya’s Belly (March 4-19, 2017) by Quiara Alegría Hudes. The play follows a Cuban boy from a farming family who embarks on a journey to America. Marisela Barrera will direct.

Rounding out the season’s main productions will be the world premiere of De Troya (April 29-May 13, 2017), by Caridad Svich. The play is about a pair of children, Mara and Gusty, who venture from their violence-ridden city into an wild and unknown forest. David Lozano will direct.

In addition to the main productions, Cara Mía will present “In the Works: A New Play Development Reading Series,” featuring readings of new plays that will take place throughout the season. The plays include The Legend of the Bluebonnet (Oct. 22) by Roxanne Schroeder-Arce; Anthem to Aztlán  (Jan. 15, 2017) by Tlaloc Rivas; and Where Earth Meets the Sky (Feb. 10, 2017) by Edyka Chilomé, Ariana Cook, and Vanessa Mercado Taylor.

Founded in 1996, Cara Mía Theatre Company produces theatre that focuses on the Mexican-American experience.

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