Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe
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.
Theresa Chavez, Rose Portillo, and Louie Pérez
Theresa Chavez and Rose Portillo
David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez of “Los Lobos”
This remount was presented at Plaza de la Raza’s Margo Albert Theater in April, 2019
Sarah Cortez as Evangeline
with Elizabeth Alvarez, Adrian Brizuela, Moises Castro,
Lennon Hobson, and Keyla Monterroso Mejia
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 was directed by Chavez and Portillo and featured Catherine Lidstone (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.
Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe was revised and remounted for a full production in 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. Cast also included: Adrian Brizuela, Moises Castro, Blanca Araceli, Keyla Monterroso Mejia, Kye McCleary, Michael ‘Naydoe’ Pinedo, and Natalia Polisson.