Ten Dollar Taco
A Radio Play
written and directed by Juliette Carrillo
music and sound design by David R. Molina
available to ​stream
September 14, 2020 - September 27, 2020

Although inspired by a real restaurant, Ten Dollar Taco is a work of fiction. We are grateful to the restaurant industry for their continued service and dedication to our community under the distressing conditions of COVID-19.

SCR commUNITY’s three-part exploration of the legacy, history and family lineage of la comida continues with an original radio play to thrill your senses. Part fantasy, part adventure, part archeological dig, this exciting new work explores the playwright’s growing connection to the culinary artistry of her Mexican and Californian heritage.

Ten Dollar Taco features artists from the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at the University of California, as well as others from throughout the Southern California community.

Listen to Ten Dollar Taco

Listen to Ten Dollar Taco on "The SCR Podcast" on your favorite podcast app, on YouTube or here.

South Coast Repertory is teaming up with Second Harvest Food Bank to help those who do not have sufficient access to nutritious food during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more, including how you can help.

This event is part of SCR ​comm​UNITY:

SCR commUNITY is South Coast Repertory’s new digital platform dedicated to amplifying the artists and narratives of our region by producing stories inspired by or about the rich diversity of people living in Southern California. Using “virtual/digital” platforms, SCR commUNITY creates free play readings, interviews, radio plays and original innovative content. SCR commits to engaging Southern California-based writers, actors, directors, composers, designers and other artists to collaborate on these projects that lift our community, celebrate the human kaleidoscope and ensure that all see themselves in our work.

Juliette Carrillo (Playwright, Director) is a nationally recognized theatre director, writer, playwright 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 José Rivera.

David R. Molina is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, sound artist, music producer and instrument inventor. Over the past 24 years, he has created music for all the performing arts, multimedia installations, film and radio, performed with many bands and produced albums nationally and internationally. He has worked with Juliette Carrillo for most of those years, as well. Molina recently composed music and sound for Octavio Solis’ Quixote Nuevo, which toured Connecticut, Boston, and Houston last fall and winter. His honors include an Ovation Award for Sound Design (2009). His invented instruments, made from salvaged and discarded materials, have been featured at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Broad Museum (Los Angeles), Oakland Museum of California, McLoughlin Gallery, and SOMArts (San Francisco). He has collaborated with bands including TAU (Berlin), Emanative (U.K.) and El Paso (Peru). Molina’s bands are Impuritan, Ghosts and Strings, and Transient

Carmen Alatorre (Hostess With Spanish Accent, Operator) is originally from Mexico. She is a Latinx costume designer who earned her MFA degree in theatre design at the University of British Columbia. Since 2006, she has lived in the unceded, traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (Vancouver, British Columbia). Some of her recent design credits were seen in companies such as Arts Club Theatre Company, Bard on the Beach, Globe Theatre Regina, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Citadel Theatre and The Electric Company. She is the recipient of three Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards. For more information visit: carmenalatorre.com


Gustavo Arellano (Himself)  is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, covering Southern California everything, and a bunch of the West and beyond. He previously worked at OC Weekly, where he was an investigative reporter for 15 years and editor for six; he wrote a column called "¡Ask a Mexican!" His writing has earned numerous awards including Best Non-Political Column (Association of Alternative News Media, 2006, 2008), Presidents Award (Los Angeles Press Club, 2007) Impacto Award (National Hispanic Media Coalition) and Latino Spirit Award (California Latino Legislative Caucus, 2008). Arellano is the author of “Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America.” He’s the child of two Mexican immigrants, one of whom came to this country in the trunk of a Chevy.


Abel Thomas Garcia (Carlos) is a third-year MFA acting candidate at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, he received his BFA in theatre performance from the University of Texas, El Paso, in 2016. His most recent credits include Launcelot Gobbo in The Merchant of Venice and various roles in The Two Gentlemen of Verona (New Swan Shakespeare Festival, 2019), Peter Shaw in Silent Sky (UCI, 2020) and The Creature in Reading Frankenstein (CounterBalance Theater, 2019). 


Quinn Garcia (Maria) is a young writer and actress based out of Southern California. She was a ballerina and danced four times in The Nutcracker before realizing that her passion was acting. She has appeared as Belinda Cratchit in South Coast Repertory’s A Christmas Carol, and has been a participant in SCR’s Junior Players program for two years. Garcia has been taking acting classes at SCR for four years and last year, she performed in the Junior Players production of Snow White. She wrote the play, Trees of Knowledge, which was the first-ever student production Little Fish Theater ever produced and staged. Her love of books is infinite, as is her love of improvisation and orange creamsicles.


Anica Garcia-DeGraff (Juliette) hails from Kalamazoo, Mich., and is an alumna of the MFA program at the University of California, Irvine. She recently finished a nine-month contract performing with the Disney Cruise Line. She is enjoying rays of sunshine on her back porch and is thrilled to return to “performing with my Latinx community!” She says, “Juliette [Carrillo, playwright] is such a role model for me and it means the world that SCR is putting up this amazing radio play.”


David R. Molina (Himself) is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, sound artist, music producer and instrument inventor. Over the past 24 years, he has created music for all the performing arts, multimedia installations, film and radio, performed with many bands and produced albums nationally and internationally. He has worked with Juliette Carrillo for most of those years, as well. Molina recently composed music and sound for Octavio Solis’ Quixote Nuevo, which toured Connecticut, Boston, and Houston last fall and winter. His honors include an Ovation Award for Sound Design (2009). His invented instruments, made from salvaged and discarded materials, have been featured at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Broad Museum (Los Angeles), Oakland Museum of California, McLoughlin Gallery, and SOMArts (San Francisco). He has collaborated with bands including TAU (Berlin), Emanative (U.K.) and El Paso (Peru). Molina’s bands are Impuritan, Ghosts and Strings, and Transient.


Marcos Najera (Himself) is a hybrid storyteller, actor, director and journalist. He’s a recipient of the Dana Foundation’s Teaching Artist Fellowship and an Oregon Shakespeare Festival Directing Assistantship. As a rebel performance artist for Guillermo Gomez Peña’s La Pocha Nostra troupe, and a long-time artistic associate of playwright Anna Deavere Smith, Najera describes himself artistically as Marcos Deavere Peña: the imagined, bastard offspring of Gomez-Peña and Smith. His one-man show about mental health in BIPOC communities of color is called Neuroplasticity: The Brown Brain. A reporter/producer, he has filed stories for NPR, BBC, CNN, NPR’s Latino USA, KPCC’s “The Frame,” and hosts the PBS documentary podcast, “The Rise & Fall of the Brown Buffalo.” Najera is on faculty at CalState Northridge. Even during these uncertain times, Najera still believes glitter, confetti and sushi can make the world a better place.


Vincent Olivieri (Producer) is pleased to make his performance debutBest-known as a sound designer, his previous SCR projects include  Outside Mullingar, Sheepdog, Five Mile Lake, Jitney, Emilie—La Marquíse Du Chatelet Defends Her Life at the Petit Theatre at Cirey Tonight, A Feminine Ending and Noises Off. Olivieri’s credits include the design and score for High (Broadway) and The Water’s Edge, Omnium-Gatherum, The God Botherers and Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy (all off-Broadway). His other credits include The Geffen Playhouse (Ovation Award nominations), Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (League of Cincinnati Theaters Award), Portland Center Stage and Center Stage (Baltimore). He has designed for world-premieres by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Kirsten Greenidge, Lauren Gunderson, Charles L. Mee, Adam Rapp, Theresa Rebeck and August Wilson. An alumnus of the Yale School of Drama, he serves on the faculty at University of California, Irvine. soundandstage.net/sound

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A Feast Your Senses—Ten Dollar Taco

Radio plays—theatre of the mind, where images are created only through dialogue and sound—are enjoying a renaissance and we have a delicious one for you: Ten Dollar Taco by Juliette Carrillo.