Aurora’s Teatro del Sol Selected for National Latina/o Theater Festival

Aurora Theatre

Blanca Agüero and Ricardo Aponte. Photo by Chris Bartelski

Aurora Theatre is thrilled to have been selected along with a prestigious group of nationally acclaimed performing arts organizations to be a participate in the 2014 LATC Encuentro: A National Latina/o Theatre Festival at The Los Angeles Theatre Center October 12 – November 10, 2014. The celebrated April production of Mariela en el Desierto by Karen Zacarías will be transported across the country and remounted as a part of the Encuentro.

2014 LATC Encuentro: A National Latina/o Theatre Festival

The largest National Latina/o Theater Festival in over 25 years

The Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC), in association with the Latina/o Theatre Commons (LTC), is proud to announce the 2014 LATC Encuentro: A National Latina/o Theatre Festival. This groundbreaking festival will be the first national Latina/o theater festival in over 25 years, bringing together 100 artists from across the country to explore the aesthetic, thematic, and cultural diversity in the field. The overarching question the festival seeks to address through performances and discussions is – “What is the State of Latina/o Theater today?” The festival offers an exciting range of productions including Pulitzer Prize winning plays, English and Spanish language plays, devised theater, experimental work, community based plays and solo plays.

Encuentro translates to “an encounter,” a theme that is a core component of this festival as audiences and artists alike will be able to encounter, and interact with companies from coast to coast. This festival will celebrate the richness of contemporary Latina/o theatre in the U.S. through presenting over a dozen selected companies from across the country that will perform in repertory over four weeks at the historic Los Angeles Theatre Center. The Festival participants were chosen through an open application process by a selection committee made up of Latina/o Theatre Commons Steering Committee members. The selected companies provide a snapshot of national contemporary Latina/o theatre practice. What would happen if companies could spend a month making work together, mixing aesthetics and sharing practice? What would the new work look like, and how would it impact the collective aesthetic(s) of contemporary Latina/o Theatre? More than a Festival, the Encuentro seeks to provide this opportunity to explore aesthetics and art making for the participating companies. Beyond presenting their work to the public, artists will work together during the month-long residency sharing their creative methodologies in artistic workshops that will culminate in public performances of co-created devised works. This unique opportunity will allow participants and audiences to take an in depth look at the range of aesthetic diversity in the field. Public conversations about the work will include postperformance discussions, roundtable conversations, symposia, and distinguished speakers.

The final weekend of the Encuentro will also serve as the second Latina/o Theatre Commons National Convening, November 6-9, where over 50 influential Latina/o theater practitioners and scholars will come to Los Angeles to view the festival offerings, including the newly co-created cross-company work. The convening participants will engage in dialogue around aesthetics and art-making, and strategize the implementation of ongoing and future initiatives in support of the continued vibrancy of the field. Encuentro Companies/Artists and Productions

(full schedule forthcoming)

• About Productions – Properties of Silence by Theresa Chavez, Alan Pulner & Rose Portillo. Directed by Theresa Chavez. (Los Angeles)

• Aurora Theatre – Mariela en el Desierto (Mariela in the desert) by Karen Zacarias. Directed by Tlaloc Rivas. (Atlanta, GA)

• Borderlands Theater – Maria’s Circular Dance by Medrano Treviño. Directed by Eva Zorrilla Tessler. (Tucson, AZ)

• Caborca Theater – Zoetrope Part I Written and Directed by Javier Gonzalez (New York,NY)

• INTAR Theatre / Unit 52– Patience, Fortitude and Other Antidepressants by Mariana Carreño King. Directed by Daniel Jáquez. (New York, NY)

• The Latino Theater Company – Premeditation by Evelina Fernández. Directed by José Luis Valenzuela (Los Angeles, CA)

• Marissa Chibas – Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary Written by Marissa Chibas. Directed by Mira Kinglsey (Los Angeles, CA)

• Pregones Theater – Dancing in my cockroach killers by Magdalena Gomez. Directed by Rosalba Rolon (The Bronx, NY)

• Rickerby Hinds – Dreamscape Written and Directed by Rickerby Hinds (Riverside, CA)

• Su Teatro – Enrique’s Journey based on the Pulitzer Prize winning work by Sonia Nazzario, adapted and directed by Anthony J. Garcia, music composed and directed by Daniel Valdez. (Denver, CO)

• Tantai Teatro – Agua a cucharadas (Water by the Spoonful) by Quiara Alegria Hudes. Directed by Ismanuel Rodriguez (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

• El Teatro Campesino – La Esquinita U.S.A. by Ruben Gonzalez. Directed by Kinan

• Valdez. (San Juan Bautista, CA)

• Teatro Luna – Your Problem With Men by Emilio Williams. Directed by Alexandra Meda. (Chicago, IL)

• Theater Mitu – Juarez: A Documentary Mythology Written and Directed by Ruben Polendo (New York/Abu Dhabi) Staged Readings and Presentations

• Cornerstone Theater Company – reading of Alisal by Cornerstone Theater Company and Juliette Carrillo. (Los Angeles, CA)

• South Coast Repertory – reading of Dialogue/Diálogos by José Cruz González. A twoyear bilingual theatre project to gather and tell the stories of the Santa Ana Latino community. (Santa Ana, CA)


Additional Programming held at local Latina/o Theaters

• Casa 0101 – Julius Cesar by William Shakespeare. Directed by Robert Beltran

• Frida Kahlo Theater – Las Mujeres de Juarez Written and Directed by Rubén Amavizca-Murúa

• Bilingual Foundation of the Arts – Lara, el flaco de oro by Margarita Galban & Lina Montalvo. Directed by Margarita Galban

About Mariela en el Desierto

It is 1950 and artists Mariela and José are living an isolated existence in the desert of Northern Mexico, haunted by the ghost of their young son. José is very ill and Mariela sends a telegram to their daughter encouraging her to come home. Where once the walls were beautifully decorated, now only one painting remains, and it is shrouded in mystery. Renowned director Tlaloc Rivas leads an amazing cast including the stunning Blanca Agüero in the title role of Mariela and Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director Anthony P. Rodriguez as her husband, the ailing artist José.

About Teatro del Sol

Founded by Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director, Anthony P. Rodriguez, Teatro del Sol is a Spanish language theatre initiative whose goal is the preservation of Hispanic cultural heritage. The Atlanta Regional Commission reports Gwinnett is the most diverse county in the Southeastern United States. Teatro del Sol produces professional programming to better serve the rapidly growing Hispanic community in Metropolitan Atlanta. Mr. Rodriguez, a first generation American of Cuban decent, saw the need to serve this large demographic as a fundamental passion.

About Aurora Theatre

Now in its 19th Season, Aurora Theatre produces professional live entertainment to suit everyone’s taste. Aurora Theatre is home to over 600 events each year. Two series of theatrical productions include the Gwinnett Federal Credit Union Signature Series and Harvel Lab Series comprised of the biggest Broadway plays and musicals alongside exciting contemporary theatre. Additionally, Aurora produces concerts, stand-up comedy, children’s programs, metro Atlanta’s top haunted attraction Lawrenceville Ghost Tours, as well as Atlanta’s only professional Spanish language theatre, Teatro Del Sol. Aurora Theatre is a world-class theatrical facility with two performance venues. Nestled on the square in historic downtown Lawrenceville, Aurora has FREE attached covered parking and is surrounded by restaurants and shops. Aurora Theatre has garnered numerous accolades highlighted by recent achievements that include winner of Seven 2013 Suzi Bass Awards, Creative Loafing’s 2010 Best Theatre Company, Georgia Trend Magazine’s 2011 Best Places to Work in Georgia, Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2012 Best Places to Work and Atlanta Magazine’s Best of Atlanta 2013.

The 2014 LATC Encuentro is made possible through generous support from The Doris Duke Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Ford Foundation, Time Warner Cable, The James Irvine Foundation, The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and The L.A. County Arts Commission.

THE LOS ANGELES THEATRE CENTER is a facility of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and is operated by Latino Theater Company. It is located at 514 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 in Downtown’s Historic Core. Tickets for all events will be available at (866) 811-4111 or online at

THE LATINA/O THEATRE COMMONS (LTC) is a self–‐organized collective of Latina/o theatre practitioners who have chosen to adopt a commons–‐based approach to advocating for Latina/o Theater as a vital, significant presence in the not–‐for–‐profit theater sector. The LTC is committed to radical transparency, knowledge sharing, and accessibility. Infrastructure for the LTC is provided by HowlRound: A Center for the Theater Commons. Find out more at–‐theatre–‐commons.


Programming in Aurora Theatre’s Teatro del Sol is possible through generous support from Georgia Gwinnett College and the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund.