by Salvage Vanguard Theater

Dec. 22, 2017

Casta is inspired by a series of casta paintings by Miguel Cabrera, a mixed-race painter from Oaxaca. Casta paintings were a unique form of portraiture that organized racial mixtures of the New World according to a hierarchy defined by Spanish elites. How do Old World anxieties about ambiguous racial identity reflect contemporary biases? 

This is the third WPA workshop for Casta. In this current draft of Casta, the creative team is incorporating puppetry, expanding music by composer Graham Reynolds and exploring bilingual text. After a week of developing these new elements, audiences are invited to witness the piece in its current form.

Featuring performers Linzy Beltran, Florinda Bryant, Manuel Duran, Noel Gaulin, Delante Keys, Marina De Yoe-Pedraza, and Jesus Valles. With puppetry by Julia Smith

by Adrienne Dawes and Consetta Rubel
Salvage Vanguard Theater

December 22, 2017
Hicks House
30th Street & Speedway
Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Austin, TX, 78705

Casta, a new play by Adrienne Dawes
Works Progress Austin series
FREE performance Dec 22 at 8 pm

PERFORMANCE LOCATION: The Hicks House at Austin Seminary / 30th & Speedway

TICKETS: FREE! Reservations available online at, or by emailing

Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the performance.

Launched in 2006, SVT’s Works Progress Austin development series provides playwrights with resources they need to bring their work to life. Works Progress Austin: 2017 Edition previously featured new works by Taji Senior, Amparo Garcia-Crow and Diana Small.