Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe (EMBQ) is created by Louie Pérez of Los Lobos and About…Productions’ Artistic Director Theresa Chavez and Associate Director Rose Portillo; and features the songbook from Grammy-Award winning Los Lobos songwriters David Hidalgo and Louie Perez, both of whom perform along with an ensemble of actors and musicians. This groundbreaking multimedia theaterwork represents the first time the songbook, that spans 40 years, will be part of an original production that combines music and video with the Evangeline story.
Told through story and song, EQMB is set in 1968 and centers around Evangeline, a young high school graduate from East L.A. who is a devoted daughter by day, and a Hollywood go-go dancer by night. Inspired by this time period, she spreads her wings and lands in the distinctly different world of the Hollywood art and music scene. As East L.A. begins it’s own civil rights movement, she must reconcile her own individual journey with the need to hold on to her relationship with her family and her neighborhood.
EQMB has been in development since 2010 and benefited from workshop performances in June of 2010 and June of 2011. In addition, work-in-progress performances were presented by the Autry National Center as part of their Pacific Standard Time programming in October, 2011. The full production premiered in May 2012 in Los Angeles to excellent reviews, sold out houses, and enthusiastic audience response in a 19-show run (including a 2-show extension). Following this premiere, the touring production traveled in October 2013 in Los Angeles and the Central Valley.
“REFRESHING!… delicately interweave[es] cultural sensitivities with America’s strongest counterculture days… will literally and figuratively rock its audiences.” – Parimal M. Rohit, Buzzine
“…beautifully crafted multimedia experience with a live band, and video strategically interspersed throughout the scenes…very relevant, moving, and entertaining… weaves history and art into the same tapestry and moves the viewer with its beauty.” – Leah Bergman, Latino Weekly