Productions

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¡BOCÓN! by Lisa Loomer

Directed by Rebecca Mayorga (2014)
Directed by Meggan Gomez (2015)

This timely one-act tells the story of 12-year-old Miguel who flees a repressive Central American military regime for a new life in Los Angeles.  Along the way he meets up with an unusual traveling companion, La Llorona, the legendary “Weeping Woman” of Mexican and Central American mythology. La Llorona tells Miguel, “You must find your voice! Porque…who can live without a voice in this world? Without a voice, you have no story…no one knows where you come from, why you are here…without your voice, you disappear!”

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Through their magical friendship, Miguel finds his voice and the courage to cross the border to a new life. Miguel’s story is relevant to immigrant children from all parts of the world … and to any child who is learning the many meanings of finding one’s own “voice.”

 

GUERA by Lisandra Tena

GUERA, an interactive one-woman show, written and performed by WC alumna Lisandra Tena.

In GUERA, (pronounced with dieresis, written without),Tena divides her life stories into a menu of entrees and desserts, each a scene performed at the audience’s request.

Mexicano Photo

 

Roundhouse Comedy Revue by Meggan Gomez

The 4th Annual Roundhouse Comedy Revue, an evening of original and timely skits, written by Eric Griego, directed by Meggan Gomez and featuring The Working Classroom Ensemble Theater, poking fun at the personalities, politics and personalities of the annual state legislative session. Performed at The Lodege in Santa Fe and
the Paul Carpenter y Salazar Theater in Albuquerque.

 

To read the review from Santa Fe Reporter Click here
To read the review from The New Mexican Click here

 

Dreamlandia written by Octavio Solís and directed by Monica Sanchez

Dreamlandia is a bold re-telling of the Spanish classic, Life Is A Dream by Calderon de la Barca, set in the borderlands between Mexico and Texas where narcotics, NAFTA, immigration, family, cultural and sexual identities collide. Solis’ tragicomedy unfolds through flights of lyrical brilliance and brutal realism.

 

To read the review from Talkin Broadway on Dreamlandia Click here
To read the article from AbqArts Click here
To read the article and watch a video from Kluz Click here

 

Roundhouse Comedy Revue by Monica Sanchez

On Wednesday February 20th 2013, the Working Classroom Theatre Ensemble regaled an esteemed audience of legislators, supporters and family in Santa Fe with our Roundhouse Comedy Revue. Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino provided the opening remarks and also added A cameo performance along with Senators Jacob Candelaria and Sue Beffort and Representatives Christine Trujillo and Rick Miera. The stars of the show, though, was the cast of very talented Working Classroom actors and guest musician Joe Silva, directed by Monica V. Sanchez. We thank you one and all for your participation and support.

 

No Swamp Like Home by Monica Sanchez

No Swamp Like Home is the bilingual tale of Simón Sapón, our frog hero who leaves his home, the idyllic ‘Isla Loca’ in search of fame and fortune in the big city. It is the story of one frog’s odyssey; the trials, tribulations and stark realizations that illuminate the meaning of friendship, loyalty, and ‘home’ for our prodigal frog.
“Be you frog or boy or girl, it’s the same around the world. Everybody needs a home, no one wants to be alone. Don’t be blinded by the hype, learn to see the fruit that’s ripe. If it’s life you want to know, just remember: it’s a show!

 

Anon(ymous) by Naomi Iizuka

This production of Anon(ymous) was performed at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico in April, 2011. Produced by Working Classroom and National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Tea Alagic, director.
Shayna O’Neil, stage manager.
Robert Aguilar, light design.
Valeria Rios, set design.
Jaime Pardo, costume design

 

The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later An Epilogue by Jesse Ontiveros

A national theater event premiering on October 12 at Lincoln Center and 100 theaters across the nation. Written by Moises Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris and Stephen Belber, directed by Jesse Ontiveros. On October 6th of 1998 Matthew Shepard was beaten and left to die tied to a fence in the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. He died 6 days later. His murder became a watershed historical moment in America that highlighted the violence and prejudice lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people face. A month after the murder, the members of Tectonic Theater Project traveled to Laramie and conducted interviews with the people of the town. From these interviews they wrote the play The Laramie Project, which they later made into a film for HBO. The piece has been seen by more than 50 million people around the country.

 

Light In My Soul/ Luz en mi alma by Krista DeNio

Light in My Soul/La luz en mi alma is a visually stunning and emotionally riveting new drama created from the actual words and life stories of New Mexican conversos or crypto-Jews who trace their journeys of faith and identity to the diaspora ignited by the Inquisition. Their stories comprise a wide range of faith journeys and experiences. Some have discovered Jewish roots but remain devoutly Catholic; others have returned to join synagogues and embrace their newly re-discovered faith, a decision provoking skepticism and outright rejection by their families and  society. Still others come from families who practiced Judaism in secret for hundreds of years. What binds the people we interviewed is a deep love of New Mexico and a lasting desire to practice their faith freely and openly without fear.

 

Black Butterfly by Krista DeNio

Black Butterfly, Jaguar Girl, Piñata Woman and Other Superhero Girls, Like Me by MacArthur Award-winning playwright Luis Alfaro with poets Alma Elena Cervantes, Sandra C. Muñoz and Marisela Norte looks at the experience of Latina teenagers in East Los Angeles. More a choreopoem than traditional drama, in Black Butterfly, Alfaro foregoes scenes for vignettes revealing the triumphs and trials of coming of age female in East L.A. Dance and > music connect the parts, moving from the particular story of one girl to truths about the stories of all girls.

Directed by Krista DeNio. Light design by Billy Tubb and set design by Richard Hess.

 

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