They Shoot Mexicans, Don’t They?

Our 2017 production of They Shoot Mexicans, Don’t They? was a special immersive theatre experience featuring live music written and performed by LA Grammy winning members of the band Quetzal. Guests experienced the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse in a whole new way with this site-specific performance that tells the story of a New York producer aiming to make a movie of the fabled Mission Play. This production was the central event in The Latin Wave: Exploring Myth, Illusion, & Cultural Appropriation, a multi-arts series with film screenings, an exhibition, and interactive symposium.

This acclaimed About Productions' theaterwork inventively explored 1920s Los Angeles when the "Latin" cultural landscape was ripe for export by west coast playwrights and east coast filmmakers. They Shoot Mexicans, Don't They? included an ensemble cast of actors, dancers, and musicians who, along with original and vintage film, brought to life this early period in Los Angeles history.


Melinna Bobadilla as Rosita de Ramirez

Rose Portillo as Maestra de Ramirez

Gilbert Saldivar Jr. as Raoul de Ramirez

Peter Howard as The Barker/Walter Peterson


Fransisco Martinez (choreographer), Michael ‘Naydoe’ Pinedo, Annaliese Chavez Tusken, and Stephani Candelaria


Martha Gonzales as La Luna with Quetzal Flores, Tylana Enomoto, Juan Perez, and Manuel De Jesus Sandoval

This site-specific remount was performed at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse in May, 2017


Original 2005 Production

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The original production of They Shoot Mexicans, Don’t They?, co-written by Theresa Chavez and Rose Portillo, premiered in 2005 at The Luckman Fine Arts Complex’s Intimate Theater. The production starred Rose Portillo and Michael Manuel, who each portrayed three characters. The show also featured collaboration with choreographer Fransisco Martinez, composer/performer Quetzal Flores, and film directors Isaac and Jude Artenstein.

Dynamic interweaving of text, film, dance, and music… triggers your entertainment and education sensors.
— LA Alternative on the 2005 production