NOW PLAYING: Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe

Racism, Civil Rights, Youth Revolution, Female Empowerment, and Student Walkouts...

All framed by the powerful music of Los Lobos!

Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe

Returns for an exclusive eight-show limited engagement!


"...a taut, rocking, psychedelic evocation of an incomparably fertile era, seen through the eyes of a teenage Latina."
- L.A. Times

Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe, a play with music, heralded by Latino Weekly as a “beautifully crafted multimedia experience,” returns to Plaza de la Raza's Margo Albert Theater in Lincoln Heights for 8 performances ONLY: April 4-14, 2019. The play, with an ensemble of actors, dancers and musicians, features the “reimagined Los Lobos songbook as a reverb-drenched 60’s garage band” performed by lead singer, Nina Diaz (Girl in a Coma), who fronts the band's “piquant upbeat musical score.”

Set in 1968, Evangeline is co-created by Theresa Chavez (who also directs), Rose Portillo, and Louie Pérez of Los Lobos. East Los Angeles explodes in its own civil rights movement, and the Sunset Strip’s music captivates high school grad, Evangeline, a devoted daughter by day and West Hollywood go-go dancer by night. Spellbound, Evangeline, spreads her wings and lands in the enticing world of the Hollywood art and music scene. But she must reconcile her own personal journey with the need to hold on to familial bonds and a changing neighborhood.

The Evangeline remount is part of the two-year Evangeline Initiative which also expands opportunities for highest-risk and educationally disadvantaged youth to experience the power of the 1968-era depicted in this play with music with specialized workshops and morning matinees.

Thursday, April 4 - 8pm (preview)
Friday, April 5 - 8pm (preview)
Saturday, April 6 - 8pm (Opening Night)
Sunday, April 7 - 7pm
Thursday, April 11 - 8pm
Friday, April 12 - 8pm
Saturday, April 13 - 8pm
Sunday, April 14 - 3pm


Critical Acclaim for Evangeline:

“How many West Side, San Fernando Valley, Hollywood or Orange County folk ever make it to the East Side, but should for this?...With music by Louie Perez and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, performed by a trio led by stellar vocalist Nina Diaz, it moved me quite often. The story touches on many things from my "Riot on Sunset Strip" book, which was partial source material.”
- Domenic Priore, author “Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock 'n' Roll's Last Stand in Hollywood”

“…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.”
Latino Weekly

“Evangeline is living history, combining a piquant upbeat musical score with salient resonance to current day issues.”
People’s World

“Reimagined Los Lobos a reverb-drenched ‘60s garage worth the price of admission.”
- Latin Families

“GO!…There’s much to like in this chock-full show featuring the songbook of Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez…as several characters exclaim, ‘the streets feel electric.’ ”
- LA Weekly

“With history repeating, you won’t want to miss your chance to see this amazing work in the heart of East L.A.”

“REFRESHING!… delicately interweaves cultural sensitivities with America’s strongest counterculture days… will literally and figuratively rock its audiences.”

“¡Las canciones interpretadas...ponen ‘groovy’ la atmósfera!”
- La Banda Elastica

(“The reimagined songs…make the atmosphere “groovy!”)



Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe

Directed by Theresa Chavez
Story by Theresa Chavez, Rose Portillo and Louie Pérez
Written by Theresa Chavez and Rose Portillo
Songs by David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez of Los Lobos

Featuring Nina Diaz as lead singer of "The Neighborhood" band

Sarah Cortez* as Evangeline
with Elizabeth Alvarez, Adrian Brizuela, Moises Castro*,
Lennon Hobson, and Keyla Monterroso Mejia

Dance Ensemble:
Ariana Gonzalez and Michael “Naydoe’ Pinedo

Nina Diaz with Jorge Gonzalez and Jose Rojas

Stage Manager: Angela Sonner*

Choreography by Michele Bachar
Scenic Design by Gerardo Davalos
Lighting Design by Ginevra Lombardo
Costume Design by Abel Alvarado
Sound Design by Davey Donaldson
Video Design by Claudio Rocha

Casting Director - Raul Clayton Staggs
Lighting Associate - Darren Rezowalli
Video Board Operator - Gabriel Garza
Sound Operator - Davey Donaldson
Make-Up Consultant - Lillian Vince
Production Intern - Ilana Mindiola

Marketing Manager - C. Raul Espinoza
Publicist - Ilka Erren Pardinas / Fly PR
Box Office Manager - DeAnne Millais
House Manager - Cecilia Brizuela
Graphic Designer - Gabriela Lopez de Dennis / Soap Studios

Link to Our Program for Bios and Details

*Appearing through an Agreement between About Productions, and Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

We are exceptionally grateful for the support of these outstanding organizations: