Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe

This production closed April, 2019

1968! 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.

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

DIRECTION

Theresa Chavez

STORY

Theresa Chavez, Rose Portillo, and Louie Pérez

WRITING

Theresa Chavez and Rose Portillo

SONGS

David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez of “Los Lobos”

 

Cast

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

Musicians - “The neighborhood” band

Nina Diaz (Girl in a Coma) with Jorge Gonzalez and Jose Rojas

 
 

Original 2012 Production

The original production of Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe, created by Theresa Chavez, Rose Portillo, and Louie Pérez premiered in 2012 at The Bootleg Theater. The production starred Catherine Lidstone as Evangeline, Daniel Chácon, Jorge Diaz, Danielle Barbosa, Karen Anzoategui, and Georgia Reed. The show featured the original songs of David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez of Los Lobos.

2018 remount

Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe remounted for a full production 2018 at Plaza de la Raza. The remount featured Ashley Diane as Evangeline and Gaby Moreno as the lead vocalist and guitarist for “The Neighborhood” band.

2012 production of  Evangeline

2012 production of Evangeline

 
2018 production of  Evangeline

2018 production of Evangeline