Evangeline Returns Spring 2018!
Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe (EMBQ), created by Theresa Chavez, Louie Pérez, and Rose Portillo, features the songbook of Grammy-Award winning Los Lobos songwriters David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez.
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 the 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.
The full production premiered in May 2012 to excellent reviews, sold out houses, and enthusiastic audience response in a 6-week run at the Bootleg Theater. The production traveled in October 2013 to California’s Central Valley for an educational outreach tour with Lobos’ musicians David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez performing. In Spring 2018 the show will be remounted at Plaza de la Raza’s Margo Albert Theatre, and will include an interactive and intergenerational panel currently titled The Legacy of the 1968 East L.A. Student Walkouts: How Far Have We Come?
“GO!…There’s much to like in this chock-full world premiere featuring the songbook of Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez…as several characters exclaim, ‘the streets feel electric.’ ” - LA Weekly
“REFRESHING!… delicately interweaves cultural sensitivities with America’s strongest counterculture days… will literally and figuratively rock its audiences.” – 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.” – Latino Weekly