Teatro Luna Opens CONFESSIONS OF A MEXPATRIATE Tomorrow
And you thought Luna didn't play with boys! For the first time ever and for one week only, the Ladies of Teatro Luna, America's Pan-Latina Theatre Company, join forces with Teatro Vivo, Austin's "Theatre with Heart" to bring CONFESSIONS OF A MEXPATRIATE to Chicago audiences. For this limited time run, Teatro Luna is shipping in some of the best of the Austin theatre scene for this one-man, one-weekend, two-company collaboration! This is the kick-off production to Luna's newest lab series, THE PRODUCERS LAB, which joins three other lab programs (The Playwrights Lab, The Directors Lab, & Lunadas New Works Lab) for Women of Color who are seeking to train for professional careers in the arts.
In CONFESSIONS OF A MEXPATRIATE by Raul Garza, the audience follows the hilarious journey of Samuel, a neurotic Mexican-American man living and working in a fictionalized Austin, Texas. Saturated by the American media and exhausted by his current lifestyle and relationship problems, Samuel leaves the shackles of corporate America behind and travels to his "native" Mexico to experience the natural beauty of the land of his ancestors. His journey isn't easy, and along the way he finds that the land he left behind may hold more promise than he originally thought. A modern twist on the "grass is always greener on the other side" adage, Confessions of a Mexpatriate dissects the contemporary Mexican-American's plural identity in a world that demands singular definitions.
"When a lot of Mexican-Americans go to Mexico, I think they see the layers separate. Here in the U.S., it's like you're this mezcla of both culturas. When you go down there you can really separate this and say, 'This is the American side of your brain; this is the Mexican side.' You see where they conflict and where they complement." - Raul Garza, Playwright
During their twelve week international summer tour across the United States and the United Kingdom, Teatro Luna partnered with Teatro Vivo in Austin and sparks flew; both companies were founded in 2000 and just hit the 13 year mark - and you know what happens when we hit puberty! Determined to work together again, the Lunaticás jumped at the chance to bring Teatro Vivo's hit one-man show to Chicago as a part of their Luna Producers LAB, an educational program for adult women of color to learn about careers in the arts. "Luna could not be more excited to co-produce Mexpatriate," says Executive Director Alex Meda. "What a wonderful opportunity to sharpen our skills, work with female producers and bring this amazing show to Chicago audiences."