World Premiere of TRIO LOS MACHOS by Josefina Lopez Set for 6/8-7/8 - With the Music of Trío Los Panchos
Casa 0101 Theater will present the World Premiere of "Trío Los Machos," with songs made famous by the singing group, Trío Los Panchos, at the new Casa 0101 Theater, 2102 E. First Street (at Louis Street), Boyle Heights, CA 90033 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 5:00 p.m., June 8 – July 8, 2012.
"Trío Los Machos," written by Josefina López, is a comedic Latino 'Bromance' with music. The play is a love letter to Latino men and an homage to Lopez' father. The play explores the themes of music, aging and male camaraderie set against the backdrop of the Bracero guest worker program (1942 – 1964) between the United States and Mexico. The play tells the story of a Guitar Trio in the vein of Trío Los Panchos who met during the Bracero program. The play explores the 50-year friendship of its central characters, Lalo, Nacho and Paco.
Ten years ago in 2002 playwright and screenwriter Josefina López burst onto the international entertainment scene making headlines around the world for her award-winning film, "Real Women Have Curves," which won the Audience Award at Robert Redford's Sundance Film Festival. The debut of the film was also historic in that it was the first time the Sundance Film Festival presented awards in acting. The leading actresses in "Real Women Have Curves," America Ferrera ("Ugly Betty") and Lupe Ontiveros ("As Good As It Gets," "Selena"), were the recipients of those acting awards.
The play, "Real Women Have Curves," was written as an homage to López' mother and sister. López then subsequently co-wrote the award-winning screenplay of the same title, based on the play. Now, 10 years later, López has written a new play, "Trío Los Machos," as an homage to her father.
A Free Art Exhibit in The Jean Deleage Gallery at Casa 0101 Theater entitled, "Recollections From Yesterday and Today of Ex-Braceros," will be running in conjunction with the run of the play, "Trío Los Machos." The photography exhibit will include work of former "guest workers" who participated in the United States/Mexican government program granting temporary work contracts to Mexican laborers from 1942 – 1964. The Art Exhibit is sponsored by the Binacional Union of Ex-Braceros, 1942 – 1967. An Opening Reception for the Art Exhibit will be held on the evening of Thursday, June 7, 2012 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Thereafter the Art Exhibit will be on display through the run of "Trío Los Machos," through July 8, 2012.
The cast of the World Premiere production Josefina López' "Trío Los Machos" will include: Miguel Santana (of Cudahy) as Lalo; Roberto Garza (of Arcadia) as Nacho; Henry Madrid (of Long Beach) as Paco; Gilbert Rodriguez (of Los Angeles) as Young Lalo; Josh Duron (of Alhambra) as Young Nacho; Adrian Quiñonez (of Los Angeles) as Young Paco; Claudia Duran (of Van Nuys) as Rosario; Rocio Mendoza (of Los Angeles) as Aurelia; Roberto Carlos (of Los Angeles) as Restaurant Owner; Larry Costales (of Lake Elsinore) as Rancher, Anglo Man and Auditioner #2; Jesus Martinez (of Los Angeles) as Dr. Medina; Andrea Santana (of Cudahy) as Anglo Woman and Auditioner #1; Antonio Perez (of Los Angeles) as Motel Employee and Estuardo Muñoz (of Los Angeles) as Young Lalo Stand In for the Saturday, July 7, 2012 performance only. Biographies of cast members will be available upon request.
The production team includes: Josefina López, Artistic Director, Playwright and Lyricist, Casa 0101 Theater; Emmanuel Deleage, Executive Director, Casa 0101 Theater; Edward Padilla, Director, Set Designer and Casting Director; Alma Catalan, Assistant Director; Danny Weinstein, Musical Director and Composer; Claudia Duran, Lyricist; Rafael O. Calderon, Producer; Andy Carrasco, Producer; Mercedes Floresislas, Producer; Carlos Brown, Costume Designer; Ramon Acosta, Sound Designer; Willy Donica, Lighting and Technical Designer; Nisha Joshi, Stage Manager; Garrett Hammond, Stunt Coordinator; Mark Kraus, Webmaster; Gabriela Lopez de Dennis, Soap Design Co., Graphic Designer; and Steve Moyer Public Relations, Press Representative.