A live online fiesta with readings of four short pieces relating to the historical and cultural importance of masa. Including:
- The Gardens of Aztlan (An Acto Hecho A Mano), by Luis Alfaro
- “El Maiz” from Café Vida by Lisa Loomer
- “Tejuino” from Tejuiino by Amilcar Jauregui
- The Path to Divadom, or How To Make Fat-free Tamales in G minor by Diane Rodriguez
Dedicated to Karmin Murcelo, Maricela Ochoa and Diane Rodriquez
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You may view this free YouTube performance by reserving one (1) “ticket” per household. (RSVP on the right by "buying" a free ticket.) Please reserve only one place connected with your email address per streaming device you will be watching. Ticket holders will be able to access the reading through a link sent out midday on Monday, August 17.
Note: Please don’t wait until the last minute to reserve your free spot. We will not be taking new reservations after 9 a.m., August 17, 2020. Our Box Office is open Mondays, noon-5 p.m., and Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m. -5 p.m. For assistance, call (714) 708-5555 or email BoxOffice@scr.org.
MASA is the first event of SCR Community:
SCR Community is a virtual series of free readings, events, interviews and community-centered stories to engage Southern California with South Coast Repertory and the power of live theatre until we can all gather safely once again.
Luis Alfaro (Playwright) is a Los Angeles born and raised Chicano writer known for his work in poetry, theatre, short fiction, performance and journalism. Luis spent six seasons as the Playwright-in-Residence at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (2013-2019); a member of the Playwright’s Ensemble at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theatre (2013-2020); a resident artist at the Mark Taper Forum (1995-2005); and has been associated with the Ojai Playwrights Conference since 2002. Luis is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship; PEN America/Laura Pels International Foundation Theater Award for a Master Dramatist; United States Artist Fellowship and Ford Foundation’s Art of Change Fellowship, among others. His plays and performances include Electricidad, Oedipus El Rey, Mojada, Delano and Body of Faith. Luis spent over two decades in the Los Angeles poetry community, and toured North and Latin America as a Performance Artist. He is a professor at the University of Southern California.
Amilcar Jauregui (Playwright) has written plays and devised works including Tejuino, Los Angelitos Del Norte and Ni de Aqui Ni de Alla. Excerpts from Quebrando el Silencio have been workshopped and produced through Brown Bag Theatre Company at the University of California, Irvine, and Breath of Fire Latina Ensemble (Santa Ana). His work has also been performed for local high schools in Orange County. Jauregui’s most recent performances include playing Fat Jorge in the U.S. premiere of Refugee Hotel, Emiliano Martinez in Canto de Anaheim and Rogelio in Plumas Negras. He is also a singer and songwriter. He is a first-generation college student who recently received his BA in drama (with honors) from UCI. He is very excited to share an excerpt from his most recent work, Tejuino. He would like to give a special thanks to his family and friends for all their love and support.
Lisa Loomer’s (Playwright) plays—including Roe, Living Out, The Waiting Room, Distracted, Café Vida, Homefree, Expecting Isabel, Two Things You Don’t Talk About at Dinner, Birds, Maria, Maria, Maria! and Bocón!—have been produced at such theatres as The Mark Taper Forum, Arena Stage, South Coast Repertory, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Seattle Rep, Denver Theatre Center, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Trinity Repertory Company, The Williamstown Theatre Festival; and, in New York, at The Roundabout Theatre Company, The Vineyard Theatre, Second Stage, INTAR Theatre and the Public Theater. Her work has also been produced in Mexico, the Middle East and Europe. SCR produced her first play, Birds, in 1968. She’s a two-time winner of the American Theatre Critics Award and has also received awards from the Kennedy Center, the Pen Center, the Imagen Foundation, (Norman Lear Award), the Jane Chambers Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, among others. Her film credits include Girl, Interrupted, and she also writes for television.
Diane Rodriguez (Playwright) served for 24 years on the artistic staff at Center Theatre Group, wrapping up her tenure there as associate artistic director. She oversaw CTG’s new play production for nearly 15 years, commissioning, developing and producing the new work of more than 75 artists. She also directed a decade-long Andrew W. Mellon Foundation project devoted to collaborative new works. As a playwright, her works include Living Large, The Sweetheart Deal and Barbie Live. Among her other work, Rodriguez directed at readings and plays at SCR including The Beauty of the Father by Nilo Cruz (2002, readings, Pacific Playwrights Festival and Hispanic Playwrights Project); Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams by Nilo Cruz (2000, reading, PPF); and the production La Posada Mágica by Octavio Solis and Marcos Loya (2001-03). She served on the board of Theatre Communications Group including a three-year term as president. She passed away in 2020.
Juliette Carrillo (Director, Curator) is a nationally recognized theatre director, writer and award-winning filmmaker from Los Angeles. She has directed critically acclaimed productions across the country including plays at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Rep, South Coast Repertory, Magic Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company and Yale Repertory Theatre. She is known for developing new plays and has done numerous workshops regionally as well New York City theatres such as The Public, New York Theatre Workshop, INTAR Theatre and The Women’s Project. As an ensemble member of Cornerstone Theater, she has collaborated with numerous communities in writing and directing original work including with the East Salinas farm workers, seniors and their caregivers, and the Los Angeles River community. Carrillo was an SCR artistic associate, directed regularly and ran the Hispanic Playwright’s Project, collaborating with successful Latino writers across the country, including Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz and Oscar Award-nominated Jose Rivera. Learn more about her work here.
Yareli Arizmendi is an award-winning actress, writer and producer. She is best-known for her tour de force performances as Rosaura in Like Water for Chocolate and as Lila Rodriguez in A Day Without a Mexican, which she co-wrote and co-produced. She has numerous other American film and television credits. Arizmendi has lent her voice to many products, public awareness campaigns and audio books including “The Alchemist,” “Like Water for Chocolate,” “Where We Come From,” “A Dream Called Home,” “The Distance Between Us” and “American Dirt” (Audible). Her TEDx talk, “Making the Invisible Visible,” is available on YouTube’s TEDx channel. She recently finished a novel, “The Story of Y,” and is scripting Another Day Without a Mexican: This Time It’s Personal. She holds a BA in political science and an MFA in theatre from the University of California, San Diego. www.Yareli.com
Elisa Bocanegra is artistic director of Hero Theatre in Los Angeles. The company has been featured in the Los Angeles Times and American Theatre Magazine. As a performer, Bocanegra recently worked on Showtime’s “Shameless” and is featured in the upcoming Lifetime movie, SinFidelity. She played Truvy in the national tour of Steel Magnolias and starred in The Happiest Song Plays Last, which was part of The Elliot Trilogy, a partnership with Center Theatre Group and the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Her other theatre credits include Roundabout Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, South Coast Repertory, the Huntington Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and L.A. TheatreWorks. Her film and television credits include the Sundance award-winning film. Girlfight, as well as Easy to Assemble with Illeana Douglas and Jeff Goldblum, El Superstar (produced by Norman Lear and George Lopez), Spun, Undeclared by Judd Apatow and Gilmore Girls.
Joaquin Cosio is one of Mexico’s most celebrated stage actors. Over more than 30 years, he has starred in more than 70 productions and more than 1,000 performances including 10 years with the National Theater Company. His television and film credits include the highly successful Matando Cabos, El Infierno, Pastorela and The Thin Yellow Line, which broke box office records and earned him Best Actor nominations from the Mexican Academy Awards; he won for El Infierno. In Hollywood, he has worked with directors including Oliver Stone and Chris Weitz, and starred opposite Benicio del Toro, Robert Duvall and Johnny Depp and others. He was Bond villain General Medrano in Quantum of Solace. He currently stars in “Narcos: Mexico” and “Gentefied” (both Netflix), as well as “El Candidato” (Amazon). In 2021, he will star in the new animated show, “Maya and the Three” (Netflix) and join DC’s “The Suicide Squad.”
Jonathan Del Arco can currently be seen in “Star Trek: Picard" on CBS All Access, recreating the role of Hugh, whom he portrayed in “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Most recently, and for more than 10 years, he played Dr. Fernando Morales in The Closer and Major Crimes. Among his most notable guest star appearances are “Nip/Tuck,” “The Sopranos,” “24,” “Doll House,” “American Dreams,” “Star Trek: Voyager,” “Pearl,” “The Wonder Years,” “Blossom,” “Boy Meets World,” “Miami Vice,” “NCIS” and The Crazy Ones with Robin Williams. Del Arco’s first acting job was in the Broadway hit Torch Song Trilogy, with Estelle Getty. Many other Broadway and off-Broadway plays followed before he settled in Los Angles to pursue work on television and film, all the while continuing his theatre career with performances at South Coast Repertory, Center Theatre Group, La Jolla Playhouse and Pasadena Playhouse, and as a company member of Cornerstone Theatre Company, under the direction of Bill Rauch.
Amilcar Jauregui has written plays and devised works including Tejuino, Los Angelitos Del Norte and Ni de Aqui Ni de Alla. Excerpts from Quebrando el Silencio have been workshopped and produced through Brown Bag Theatre Company at the University of California, Irvine, and Breath of Fire Latina Ensemble (Santa Ana). His work has also been performed for local high schools in Orange County. Jauregui’s most recent performances include playing Fat Jorge in the U.S. premiere of Refugee Hotel, Emiliano Martinez in Canto de Anaheim and Rogelio in Plumas Negras. He is also a singer and songwriter. Jauregui is a first-generation college student who recently received his BA in drama (with honors) from UCI. He is very excited to share an excerpt from his most recent work, Tejuino. He would like to give a special thanks to his family and friends for all their love and support.
Carla Jimenez is an actress and writer. Her stage credits include appearances at South Coast Repertory, Mark Taper Forum and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Her television and film credits include being a series regular on “The Mick” (FOX) as well as episodes of “Single Parents,” “Life in Pieces,” “Raising Hope,” “Last Man Standing,” “Better Off Ted” and “Desperate Housewives.” Her film credits include Nacho Libre, Lady in the Water and Accepted and she also will be featured in the upcoming feature film, Friendsgiving, set for release in November 2020. Find her on Instagram @ThisIsCarlaJimenez
Marlene Montes is thrilled to be back at SCR after last season’s American Mariachi and She Loves Me. Originally from Tucson, Ariz., Montes has more than 25 years of experience performing professionally in the arts. Her recent notable credits include Soyla in American Mariachi (Arizona Theatre Company), In the Heights (as Daniela, Moonlight Stage Productions, 2017 Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Resident Musical) and Legally Blonde (as Paulette, New Village Arts Theatre, Broadway World nomination, Best Actress in a Musical). Her other favorite regional credits include In the Heights (Performance Riverside); Gypsy, Cabaret (Cygnet Theatre); The World Goes ‘Round, South Pacific, Tommy (Moonlight Stage Productions); The 1940’s Radio Hour, The Return to the Forbidden Planet (New Village Arts Theatre); and The Marvelous Wonderettes (The Music and Theatre Company). Montes received her BFA in musical theatre from the University of Arizona and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. marlenemontes.com
Javi Mulero is a veteran of stage, film and television. His stage work includes Two Sisters and a Piano and California Scenarios (South Coast Repertory); Anna in the Tropics (productions at five theatres, plus a seven-month tour); Cloud Tectonics (four productions); two appearances at the Humana Festival of New American Plays; as well as work at Mark Taper Forum, Playwrights Horizons (New York City), Dallas Theater Center, Arizona Theatre Company, Pasadena Playhouse, The Hippodrome Theatre (Gainesville, Fla.), San Diego Repertory Theatre and others. His television and film credits include “NCIS,” “Ironside,” “The Ghost Whisperer,” “Cane,” “Resurrection Blvd.,” “NYPD Blue,” “Murder She Wrote,” “ER” and “Matlock. He currently is working on a new musical, Calle de la Resistencia. His short film, From Now On, based on his play of that name, has been shown at seven film festivals. Mulero is a member of The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.
Geoffrey Rivas is a California native who graduated from UCLA with an MFA, concentrated on acting. He has received numerous nominations for his stage work and is a founding member of The Latino Theater Company, which has been producing award-winning Latino theatre nationally for 30 years. Rivas’ film credits include Under the Tuscan Sun, Dragonfly, Luminarias, La Bamba, Born in East L.A., Pow Wow Highway, Bound by Honor, Above Suspicion and Foto Novelas (PBS), for which he won an ALMA Award (1998). Among his television credits is “CSI” (CBS), where he spent nine years as Detective Vega. His directorial debut, Beautiful (NAACP Award for Best Actress for Jozanne Marie), drew praise and favorable reviews, as did his latest show, Home, starring Nancy MA. Latina Christmas Special was further developed under his direction and is widely considered to be the longest-running and most successful show presented by the Latino Theater Company.
Winston Rocha is happy to be back at work after a long hiatus and equally happy to be back at South Coast Repertory. He feels lucky to have the opportunity to do that which he loves most—acting—and to have worked with very talented artists and in amazing venues like SCR, Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse and others. His credits include Electricidad, Water and Power, Blood Wedding, The Gardens of Atzlan and other fine productions. His work in television and film has been “mucho fun” and includes films such as A Thousand Words, Get Smart, Bruce and Lloyd Go Berserk and Sueno. His television credits include “Everybody Loves Rayond,” “My Name is Earl,” “Then Came You” and “ER.”
Mónica Sánchez’ select credits include Oedipus El Rey by Luís Alfaro (San Diego Repertory Theatre); Melancholia (Edinburgh Fringe with Latino Theatre Lab); Conjunto by Oliver Mayer (Playwrights’ Arena); Earthquake Sun by Luís Valdez (San Diego Repertory Theatre; Mary Shelley’s Santa Claus by Erik Ehn (Cornerstone Theater Company); Hurricane by Erin Cressida Wilson (Campo Santo); Marisol by José Rivera (Eureka Theatre); La Mujer Independiente (San Francisco Mime Troupe); Prospect by Octavio Solís (El Teatro Campesino); and world premieres including Santos & Santos; El Paso Blue; and El Otro also by Solís Her film and television credits include Whiskey Tango Foxtrot; Frontera; House of Cards; The Closer; Grey’s Anatomy and The Glorias: My Life on the Road. She was an original cast member of California Scenarios at SCR. Originally from New Mexico, she is an assistant professor of playwriting and performance at Colorado College. dramatista.com