American Mariachi
by ​José Cruz González
directed by Christopher Acebo
September 7, 2019 - October 5, 2019

American Mariachi LogoIn this big-hearted comedy with live music, Lucha spends her days caring for her mother and yearning for more. But it’s the 1970s and women can’t be mariachis…or can they? Defying tradition, Lucha and her spunky cousin hunt for bandmates and take up instruments. A loving gesture for a mother becomes much more as the young women dream big and embrace the transcendent power of music. “A tug at the heartstrings that will echo for days” (​The Denver Post).

Previews: ​September 7-12, 2019
First Night: ​​September 13, 2019
Regular Performances: September 14 - October 5, 2019

Recommendation: Age 12 and above.

Join us for these American Mariachi related events.

José Cruz González has written a wide range of plays including Under a Baseball Sky American (The Old Globe commission), American Mariachi (Arizona Theatre Company, Denver Center Theatre Company, The Old Globe), Sunsets & Margaritas (Denver Center Theatre Company, TheatreWorks), September Shoes (Geva Theatre Center), The San Patricios (PCPA), Among the Darkest Shadows (Wharton Center for Performing Arts), The Long Road Today (South Coast Repertory). González has written for “Paz,” the Emmy Award-nominated television series produced by Discovery Kids for The Learning Channel. The Astronaut Farmworker (La Jolla Playhouse) was a 2016 PEN America Literary Award Finalist. He is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. A collection of his plays, Nine Plays by José Cruz González: Magical Realism & Mature Themes in Theatre for Young Audiences was published by the University of Texas Press in 2009. González was a 2004 recipient of a TCG/Pew National Theatre Residency grant. He is a professor emeritus at California State University, Los Angeles, member of The Dramatists Guild of America and Theatre for Young Audiences/USA.
Diana Burbano Actor, Teacher, Playwright: The Many Roles of Diana Burbano
Burbano is a familiar face around SCR, as the actor and playwright is also a Conservatory instructor. As an actor, she’s appearing in American Mariachi. ​Learn more about her in this Q&A.
Jalisco Mariachi History of Mariachi
The mariachi style of music dates back to at least the 18th century, where it evolved over time in Western Mexico. Learn more about mariachi history and the regions where groups performed.

Yvonne & Damien Jordan
Socorro & Ernesto Vasquez


El Mexicano is the official tequila sponsor of American Mariachi

Events for ​American Mariachi
  • Midday Mariachi: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 12-1:15 p.m.
  • Design Talk: Sunday, Sept. 8, 8:45 (after the performance)
  • Pre-Show Talk: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m.
  • First Night: Friday, Sept. 13, 2019
  • Pre-Show Talk: Wednesday, Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m.
  • Post-Show Discussions: Wednesday, Sept. ​18; Thursday, Sept. 19​; and Tuesday, Sept. ​24, 2019
  • Inside the Season: Saturday, ​Sept. 21, 2019, at 10:30 a.m.
  • ASL-interpreted performance: Saturday, ​​Sept. 28, 2019 at 2:30 p.m.