A new comedy is set to open this week at TheatreSquared.
The new show, titled American Mariachi and described as “a hilarious and heartwarming new music-filled comedy about the freedom to dream big,” opens Wednesday, Aug. 4 with in-person performances at T2’s new state-of-the-art theatre at 477 W. Spring St.
From the description of the show:
A celebration of familia, amor, and tradición, American Mariachi tells a story of honoring history and blazing new trails at the same time.
Set in the Southwestern USA in the 1970s, it tells the story of Lucha, an ambitious young woman who dreams of changing her world through music. When faced with pushback from male-dominated mariachis, she and her friends decide to found their own, all-female band.
The show is directed by Rebecca Rivas, TheatreSquared’s artistic associate and LatinX theatre project program director.
“This play, for many of us, is the first show we’ve rehearsed in person since the pandemic closed theatre doors.” Rivas said. “To have them reopened and filled with music in a story about love and family feels so so right for this moment. It’s been good for the heart to hear these songs and watch these stories. We can’t wait to share it.”
Belén Moyano, seen Off-Broadway in Assistants: The Musical, stars as Lucha, while Sara Orlenas acts in the role of Hortensia, and Orlando Arriaga is cast as Frederico.
The creative team for American Mariachi includes Ruben Perez (music director and mariachi band leader), Jason Burrow (music director), Tanya Orellana (scenic designer), Haydee Zelideth (costume designer), Nita Mendoza (lighting designer) and Michael Costagliola (sound designer).
Performances are scheduled through Aug. 29, and tickets range from $18-$58 at theatre2.org.