This comedy is set in a small fictitious Mexican village named San Garabato. One day, in search of cultural tourism revenue, high-ranking authorities in San Garabato concocted a plan. Their human avarice overcame any concern about others’ plight.
The plan was called “Exodus” and proposed to send all the “unsightly” Indians out of town to the mountains. San Garabato loses the folklore. It is a disappointing deception, a cheap imitation of the United States. The perpetrators continue dreaming, falsely, of American dollars.
This play premiered at the Mexican Heritage Plaza with more than 350 people. It was during the Anniversary of La Pena Juchitireta. The play was seen in the Mission Cultural Center in San Francisco, CA, La Pena de Berkeley, San Mateo, CA, Los Altos, CA, Mountain View, CA, and Bakersfield, CA.
La trama de esta comedia se desarrolla en un pueblo ficticio y pequeño en México, llamado San Garabato. Algún parecido con la realidad es solamente pura coincidencia. En este pueblo como en muchos otros, habitan indígenas, la clase baja; gente común y corriente dedicada a los trabajos cotidianos, la llamada clase media.
En su afán por obtener divisas o dólares, que han estado de moda en México por décadas, las autoridades del pueblo organizan su plan, “Éxodo.” Este plan consiste en sacar a todos los indígenas del pueblo y mandarlos al cerro. Después adornar las calles y transformar a algunos habitantes en ilustrados, letrados, trajeados y todo lo terminado en “ados”, con el fin de causar una buena impresión al turista extranjero y obtener los tan esperados dólares. San Garabato se convierte en un pueblo sin cultura y tradición. Los turistas no llegan porque no hay folklore mexicano Mientras los enmascarados malinches (traidores de su raza) suspiran y sueñan con los dólares, con lo que puede ser y no es. Un sueño de una realidad que no les pertenece.
This musical and fantastical play is one hour long, and the audience watches as real characters are transformed into a king, queen, prince, and fairy. “The Lazy Prince” shows kids the importance of being productive and encourages them to have a dream or goal. Students are reminded of the value of going to school and having fun by being authentic kids. This show includes actors and a musician, who opens the play singing traditional Spanish melodies for kids. This performance appeals to both Spanish-speaking and Non-Spanish speakers, explaining that it is a gift to be bilingual in this country because a person who speaks two languages has the opportunity to live the best of two cultures right here in the United States.
This play premiered at the Mexican Heritage Plaza during “The Kids Day” on April 30th. It was a season at MACLA in San Jose, CA. Presentations for San Jose Unified District, Elementary School in Santa Cruz County, and The Mission Cultural Center in San Francisco, CA. Teatro Nahual participated in the 2nd Festival of Theater in San Francisco, CA in Yerba Buena Gardens.
It is a comedy with shades of a farce; the plot is marked by slapstick humor and wild improbabilities. This performance has a historical, political, social, and religious context. The play occurred between 1910 and 1940 when the society did not allow Mexican women to study, be heard, or select a boyfriend or a husband. Women were repressed, adopting a subliminal role in the family and society. However, many women who disagreed with this passive attitude became rebellious, fighting against social injustice. The principal character, Paquita de la Moncada y Goyeneche, a 20 years old woman, makes a mockery of her tumultuous life, expresses her frustration, and adopts diverse personalities. Also, she offers life lessons to her father, the church, businessmen, politicians, and the dead. “Mr. Baldomero Died Virgin” is a complete and versatile play that includes acting, folklore dances, and musical melodies. Teatro Nahual entertains, educates, and sparks a reflection in the community. This comedy had the participation of Aztlan Academy in 2004.
This play was shown at the Mexican Heritage Plaza with 350 in the premier, The Mission Cultural Center in San Francisco, CA, and Riordan High School in San Francisco, supporting the Latino Scholarships.
These three short plays reflect social, political and familiar situations. “Únete Pueblo” is a comedy that tells the students’ situation during 1968 in Tlatelolco, México. Later, Teatro Nahual adapted the same play to reflect the raids, and the injustice that immigrants live in this country when they stand up and fight for social justice in the marches. “La Tarea de Ciencias Sociales” reflects the government corruption, and “El Espejo 2” is a light comedy, telling the miscommunication of a couple.
These plays were premiered at MACLA in San Jose, CA, in the National Hispanic University and Latino College, in the Third San Francisco Theater Festival in Yerba Buena Gardens. “Únete Pueblo” participated in the Cinco de Mayo Parade in San Jose, CA, and the San Francisco Carnival, supporting the idea of Alianza Metropolitan News, bringing social awareness to the population in the Bay Area.
"Strike without Sticks"/"Huelga sin palitos" is a comedy based on Aristhopanes' comedies: Women Assembly and Lysistrata. The play duration is one hour and a half and includes a folk Greek dance and melodies. This clever comedy promotes the audience's interaction and reflection throughout the laugh. "Strike without Sticks" is based in 422 B.C. in Athens, Greece.
The lead character, Lysistrata, is disappointed with the government corruption and the war injustice. It is essential to mention that just men had the right to be in the assembly and decide the country's future. Consequently, Lysistrata invites women of different towns to form a plot against the men to stop the war and administer the money equally in the country. Plan 1 is implemented, women show up at the assembly, dressing like men, using beards, and talking with deep voices. They want to delegate the government to themselves and create a community and equal lifestyle. After Lysistrata's long speech, men agreed with the idea; however, women got caught for making a mockery of men, and plan one failed totally. Lysistrata, our rebellious lead character, takes a break and thinks to implement plan 2. It consists of going on a "Strike without Sticks" / "Huelga sin palitos" where women will sacrifice their sexual desires to stop all soldiers in the war.
The abstinence plan is developed. All women make a promise on a giant wine glass, and life goes on for a few days until men in the war cannot handle an extraordinary, intense situation and decide to sign the peace for their benefit. Teatro Nahual, with this play, is creating social awareness, showing how war is criminal, separating families, killing innocent people, and devastating a society.
Once again, Teatro Nahual shows a vital topic, provoking the reflection throughout the laugh and more laughs. This plot is written, reflecting the needs and questions of our society during wartime between Iraq and The United States. Everybody can be amazed at how similar it can look from 422 B.C. to 2006. Of course, everything is possible with the magical function of Teatro Nahual. This play was premiered in the Montgomery Theater and followed by a short season in MACLA in San Jose, CA, Teatro Brava in San Francisco, CA, and Riordan High School in San Francisco, supporting the Latino scholarships.
"Pluff, the little ghost," written by Maria Clara Machado, adapted and directed by Verónica Meza, is a play for children, seven actors on the stage, and live music. It happens in the old times, where fictional and real characters are conjugated to create a magical atmosphere to catch the attention of the most fascinated audience, the kids. Pata de Palo, Stick Leg, a ruffian-retired pirate, kidnapped Maribel, the granddaughter of Captain Bonanza's death, Arco Iris.
Pluff, The Little Ghost, persuades and encourages kids to follow a dream and not be afraid to handle problems or obstacles during their life journey. With this play, kids will perceive that life shows different situations to prove to each one of the human beings, kids, teenagers, and adults, that we are brave, intelligent, and capable of overcoming any problems. In addition, kids will see that we are memorable for our actions and our positive personalities, no for the money or treasures that we can accumulate during life. Consequently, this symbol of healthy behavior will live happily ever after in the people's memory that we love or love us. This play was presented in MACLA in San José, CA, and The Hayward Unified School District at Burbank Elementary School.
Teatro Nahual had the opportunity to work directly with the Day Worker Center from Mountain View. I had the pleasure to direct workers and actors acting in real situations of illegal immigrants in this country. In this play, workers and actors were joining to represent actual immigrants' stories, and they struggled crossing the border and adapting to a new culture in the USA and a new language. Also, the play was video recorded to reach and inform the population about the service that Day Worker Center offers to the community. The play premiered on the 10th Anniversary of The Day Worker Center, Stanford University, and Santa Clara University.
“The Vagina Monologues” is a global movement to end violence against women and girls. More than a feminist play, “The Vagina Monologues” creates awareness about women who suffer social injustice, emotional or physical violence. This play was presented in MACLA in San Jose, CA, The Mission Cultural Center in San Francisco, CA, La Logia Masónica en Vallejo, CA, Gallo Center Theater in Modesto, CA, and Frida Kahlo Theater in Los Angeles, CA.
This play narrates the student movement of 1968 in Mexico City, where they protested against the government and demanded an autonomous education. This play shows a true story, where students confronted a corrupted government. In addition, it shows the trajectory of the music from the 1960s to the 1980s in this theatrical adaptation. The play premiered in the auditorium of the National Hispanic University in San José, CA. Following a presentation at the Mission Cultural Center in San Francisco, CA, and the District Unified School in Hayward, CA, supporting the Health Festival for the Latino community.
This project aims to inform the Latino population about Alzheimer's and the resources and information to support patients with dementia problems and caregivers. "Mirela" has 18 episodes and narrates the story of a Latino family who lives the sadness of Alzheimer's through their grandma. It is estimated that 50% of the Latino population older than 85 will have dementia in some decades.
This project followed an exhausted research process and protocol under the supervision of Photozig, collaborating with Stanford University, the National Association of Alzheimer and the National Institute on Aging. *You can see and rent the episodes in Amazon:
This play narrates the miscommunication in marriage, infidelities, and how some people cannot have just one relation or one love due to their need for adrenaline in a relationship. Without a doubt, the play reflects the qualities and weaknesses of any marriage worldwide, but with a sensational Latino humor. Any similitude with reality is just a coincidence. This play premiered at MACLA, located in San José, CA.
The play depicts popular legends of South America, Central America, and Mexico that date back centuries, each offering a glimpse into Hispanic culture and myth. The play includes an exuberant menu of legends, “La Llorona,” a legend about the ghost of a weeping woman; “La Mulata de Córdoba,” a myth of suspected sorcery in Veracruz, Mexico, during the Holy Inquisition. Also, “María Angula,” an Ecuadorian tale of a naïve wife who tries new recipes on her husband that include the body parts of corpses. This play premiered at the Foundation for the Hispanic Education in San Jose, CA, in March 2016. And the Mission Cultural Center in October 2016.
The App project in English was filmed in August 2017, and it is in a research process where caregivers watched the series, and all the information is documented. After completing the research, it can be released to the community publically.
In this work, Rima de Vallbona shows us the intellectual capacity of women and perhaps, in some way, the birth of latent feminism in the society of their country, Costa Rica. The work itself is in search of the meaning of human existence and authentic values.
The reading performance was presented at the Foundation for the Hispanic Education in San Jose, CA, in March 2017.
Absurdly, the characters in this story represent the daily life of a married couple living in the suburbs of a large city. It shows how a toxic relationship can deal with domestic violence and change the victim’s life indefinitely. It was presented in a season at MACLA in San José, CA. The playwright attended the premiere of this play.
Isidro Jiménez and Gerardo Fernández created the music. It is the story of a governor's wife that moves all her influences and uses many tricks so that her husband continues in the government. This play premiered in a season at MACLA in San José, CA.
The project aims to inform Alzheimer caregivers about Alzheimer's disease through scenes with Teatro Nahual actors. It is in a research process where caregivers have watched the series, and all the information is documented. After completing the research, it can be released to the community publically.
Teatro Nahual showed the virtual play by Facebook Live and Zoom. Also, it is in the process of continuing the shows after the pandemic.
It is not a classic tale. The prince has to work; he has no castle or garden, only flowerpots. But the princess does dream of a former prince. This story will lead you to imagine a distant world, which perhaps resembles your near world. With this story, you will have fun, and you will identify with at least one of the characters. This virtual performance was presented online three times for celebrating Children's Day on April 30, 2021. It is available to watch on Vimeo:
It is a new bilingual performance that recollects popular Latino American legend and Náhuatl legends by narrating the origin of the world, the origin of the corn, and how immigration to a new country affects and transforms the lives of young generations. This play is a process to be presented when it is allowed in schools and theaters.