Austin Latino New Play Festival
by Teatro Vivo

May. 14 - May. 16, 2015

Staged reading each evening at 8 p.m. of a new play with Latino themes, followed by talkback/discussion

Basilica, or the One with the Roosters, by Andrew Valdez, Thursday, May 14

Lupe makes a “deal with the devil”, by gambling away his home, his worldly possessions, and evidently endangers the lives of his loved ones, for an opportunity to move to Helms, Illinois. Ultimately its up to Juanita, Ana-Sophia, Diego and Julieta to atone for the sins of their father.

Directed by Alexis Arredondo • Dramaturg - J. Isabel Salazar

Juan Arrizola • Mateo M. Barrera • Sara Billeaux • Dolores J. Diaz
Martinique Duchene-Phillips • Rachel Phillips • Sebastian Phillips

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La Carpa García, by Adrienna García, Friday, May 15

Ya Llego Ya esta aquí! La Carpa Hermanos Garcia, un gran función de acrobáticos, variedad, magia, revisitas cómicas y mucho mas! In La Carpa Garcia, Elderly Mr. Garcia recounts his days as “Don Fito,” a comic in his family’s traveling tent show, to his home health care provider, Hope. Together, they relive the adventures of his brothers and sisters as they work to amaze audiences by performing music, comedy, acrobatics, dance, and death defying acts. From his memories of laughs, love, and loss we find there is a bit of carpero in all of us.

Playwright: Adriana Garcia is an award-winning artist, muralist, and scenic designer born and raised in west San Antonio. She was recently awarded $15,000 and named winner of the Jose Cuervo Traditional Mural Project. Her past work includes community murals created with South West Workers Union, Bill Haus Arts, San Anto Cultural Arts Center, and Casa de la Cultura in Del Rio, Texas. Garcia has also presented at numerous national conferences such as 2013 National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) and has exhibited work in San Antonio, Austin and Houston Texas, California and Phoenix, Arizona. Garcia received her B.F.A. From Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied fine arts in Valencia, Spain.
Directed by Rupert Reyes • Dramaturg - Allison Vasquez
Leah Arreguin • Velia Haydee Dana • Marianella Garza • Victoria Garza
Carmelita Hanley • Lori Navarrete • Luis Parra • Mario Ramirez •
Donato Rodriguez • Daniel Segura • David Segura • Tom Swift

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The Stories of Us, by Jelisa Robinson, Saturday, May 16



Jelisa “Jay” Robinson is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin whose playwrighting passions center around Afro-Latino identity and Black and Latino relations. She shares her experiences being an African American deeply involved with and impacted by Afro-Latino cultures on her blog Black Girl, Latin World. Jelisa has worked with theatre, arts and social justice groups in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Austin, TX. Jelisa’s number one passion is creating spaces for people of color to use the arts to empower themselves!

The Stories of Us is a collection of stories that dig deep into intercultural conflict between African Americans and Latinos, African Diaspora identity and Afrolatinidad. Think of it as a scrapbook of experiences, histories and feelings on the stage. It's takes you through stories about African roots in Mexico, the time you told your brother you were dating a "Black girl" and that moment you were proud of your heritage. The Stories of US details our stories as people of color trying to navigate each other's worlds and build one together.

About the Austin Latino New Play Festival and Teatro Vivo: Now in its fifth year, the ALNPF provides an opportunity for playwrights to hear, see, and receive feedback on their original works. The festival format brings playwrights together to work with a dramaturg, director, and actors to bring a play to life as a staged reading in front of an audience. The rehearsal process for each stages reading is approximately one week in May, with the following week for tech and performance. The staged readings are workshop-style presentations.

Teatro Vivo has produced more than 25 bilingual plays since JoAnn Reyes and Rupert Reyes founded the company in 2000. Teatro Vivo is proud to be a resident company with the Latino Arts Residency Program at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.

Contact Dolores Díaz at for more information.

This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at

Inspired by the power of theater to both educate and entertain, Teatro Vivo produces and promotes Latino based theater that provides a window into the Latino community and makes theater accessible to all audiences, especially those under-served in the arts.

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Austin Latino New Play Festival
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Teatro Vivo

May 14 - May 16, 2015
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center
600 River Street
Austin, TX, 78701

 8 p.m. May 14, 15 and 16 at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American  Cultural Center in Austin

a different new play on Latino themes to be staged each evening

For tickets - "pay what you wish" at the theatre on Thursday evening or $15. Three-evening pass $40. Reserve seats at