Now in our 27th year, our itinerant company’s critically acclaimed interdisciplinary productions have been seen extensively in Greater L.A., in the USA and Canada, and on national TV. We have a long history of collaboratively creating, producing and presenting innovative original theaterworks that have integrated media, music, dance, storytelling, and experimental lighting design.
Poetry, science and history meld as famed 17th century poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz crosses paths with a contemporary realtor and her pool contractor husband in this multi-layered dreamscape. Set in Phoenix, Arizona, Properties of Silence centers around a contemporary couple who meet Sor Juana in a surreal dream landscape inspired by her most significant poem, “Primero Sueño” (“First Dream”). As Barbara and Tom come to grips with their troubled marriage, the Catholic Church is forcing Sor Juana to silence her pen and her scientific inquiries.
Past Original Theaterworks Highlights:
In 2010 through 2013, the company was in development with EVANGELINE, the QUEEN of MAKE-BELIEVE. A multimedia production, EQMB set in 1968 and centers around an East L.A. high school graduate who is a devoted daughter by day and a Hollywood go-go dancer by night; and tells the story of a journey of self-discovery by a young Chicana, whose neighborhood roots and make-believe world collide when she experiences the music of the Sunset Strip and the West Side art scene. This groundbreaking work represented the first time the 40-year songbook of David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez of Los Lobos was part of an original theatrical production. It also featured a unique animated video design by Claudio Rocha.
Our 2009 noir-influenced BLEEDING THROUGH uncovered the narrative ghosts of L.A.’s Historic Angelino Heights District and was produced as a site-specific production with audience interaction at the Shakespeare Center/L.A. The production was co-directed and co-written by Theresa Chavez and Rose Portillo; and featured original music by renowned jazz musician Vinny Golia and original film by cinematographer Claudio Rocha.
Our 2004-06 THEY SHOOT MEXICANS, DON’T THEY? examined the film industry’s earliest links to Latino culture and was presented by the Autry National Center and the Luckman Center for the Arts at Cal State L.A. Written by Theresa Chavez and Rose Portillo, the production’s original elements included choreography by Francisco Martinez, silent film by Isaac Artenstein, and music by the band Quetzal which was also included in the Oscar- nominated feature documentary The Garden.
Our 2000 BY THE HAND OF THE FATHER, traced the 20th century experience of the Mexican-American father, premiered in L.A. at Plaza de la Raza’s Margo Albert Theatre, and toured extensively throughout the U.S. from 2001-06 at festivals, and performing arts and cultural centers. The show, written by Theresa Chavez (who also directs), Oscar Garza, Eric Gutierrez ,and Rose Portillo, featured the music of renowned Austin musician Alejandro Escovedo, his 6-member ensemble, and actors Rose Portillo and Kevin Sifuentes. It is the only theaterwork to be featured on the PBS show Austin City Limits.