American Mariachi - Outside SCR
by ​José Cruz González
directed by Christopher Acebo
Mission San Juan Capistrano
July 15, 2020 - July 30, 2020

Back by popular demand! In 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)

About Outside SCR

South Coast Repertory is excited to partner with Mission San Juan Capistrano to provide you with the opportunity to gather safely outdoors and experience two family-friendly, world-class theatre productions under the stars.

  • “A vibrant ode to music and memory…with flashes of wit and plenty of personality” – San Diego Union Tribune
  • “The spirit is contagious” – Denver Post
  • “So exuberant, so joyful, so full of heart…it is impossible not to fall in love” – Arizona Daily Star
  • “Will send your heart soaring and put a bounce in your step” – Broadway World

Recommendation: Age 12 and above.

Running Time: Approximately ​one hour and ​​4​0 ​minutes, ​with no intermission.

Important information: Health and safety protocols for Outside SCR will follow the State of California guidelines for outdoor gatherings at the time of performance. As they change, we are staying informed on all these requirements, including social distancing, mask use, food/drink consumption and capacity limits, and will email ticket holders all the necessary requirements, along with special arrival instructions, one week prior to their performance. You may also check back here for updates.


José Cruz González is the writer of numerous plays including Under a Baseball Sky (The Old Globe, commission), American Mariachi (South Coast Repertory, Dallas Theater Center, The Goodman Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Denver Center Theatre Company, The Old Globe), Sunsets & Margaritas (Denver Center Theatre Company, TheatreWorks), September Shoes (Geva Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company), The San Patricios (PCPA), Among the Darkest Shadows (Wharton Center for Performing Arts), The Long Road Today (South Coast Repertory), The Sun Serpent (Childsplay). He 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 Center USA Literary Award finalist. He is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre (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 in 2009 (University of Texas Press). He is a professor emeritus at California State University, Los Angeles, a member of The Dramatists Guild of America and Theatre for Young Audiences/USA.

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Jose Gonzalez and Kat Zukaitis
Live With American Mariachi Playwright Jose Cruz Gonzalez
Get the scoop on the play in this discussion between Gonzalez and associate literary manager and dramaturg Kat Zukaitis.
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.

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