Please help fund the WORLD PREMIERE of Cascarones by Irma Mayorga at Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe, NM!
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DNAWORKS, in collaboration with Teatro Paraguas

and Associate Producers Nicholas Ballas, Estevan Rael-Gálvez and Juan Rios, Diane Karp, Lisa Samuel and Les Samuel, and Roxanne Swentzell


The World Premiere of


by Irma Mayorga

Directed by: Daniel Banks

Produced by: Vanessa Pike-Vrtiak

With: Nicholas Ballas, Nicole Gramlich, Jonathan Harrell, Marcos Kelly, Roger Montoya, Bernadette Peña and Cristina Vigil.

PERFORMANCES: September 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, & 13, 2014 at 7pm; 7 & 14 at 5pm.

At Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie, Santa Fe, NM 87507

We need your support!

About the play:

Cascarones takes place in San Antonio, Texas, as teenager Mary Margaret Caceres, who works for the transit authority giving people bus route directions, attempts to understand the mapping of her community and city. As she navigates the daily challenges her working class family faces, she encounters in a dreamlike state John Wesley Powell, Francisco Vásquez de Coronado, and the other men whose actions in the past influence her present.

A Note from the Director:

In February, we presented a staged reading of Cascarones at Teatro Paraguas. During the post-show community dialogue, an audience member remarked, “This is just the kind of theatre Santa Fe needs to bridge divides in our community.” 

Cascarones is a beautiful and moving play and we have assembled a phenomenally talented cast of local actors.  DNAWORKS' mission is to present work that bring people closer together through art and dialogue, and Cascarones does just this.  Although set in Texas, the play elegantly and courageously addresses some of the very cultural, historic, and economic challenges faced in New Mexico. The plurality of Santa Fe is represented onstage in a beautiful story about the intersections of family and history. I have carried this play around with me for over ten years, and when I arrived in Santa Fe four years ago, I knew this was a perfect project to bring people closer together and catalyze dialogue about the very things that unite and, unfortunately, divide us.  

Although the play had the great honor of being workshopped at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference in 2003 (with America Ferrera in the lead role), it has never had a full production.  Please join us in bringing this magnificent work to life in Santa Fe.  We are already in discussion about touring to other cities and festivals in the Southwest!

Why We Need You:

Bringing the world premiere of Cascarones to Santa Fe is absolutely essential in our eyes. Santa Fe is the right place with the right community, the right culture, and the right cast for the WORLD PREMIERE!  With this committed and passionate team, we know we can create an incredible experience for audiences and give Irma's play the production which it has patiently awaited for over a decade. 

To thank you for your support we have created a number of incentives that we hope will appeal to you, even if you cannot attend the performance. But, most importantly, we want to say a heartfelt thank you to all our potential backers -- every little bit counts.

Goals and Perks

We need to raise $6500 to bring Cascarones to the stage.  This includes: 

  • Design materials costs
  • Publicity 
  • Overhead for Teatro Paraguas for 5 weeks, and 
  • A fee for each cast and crew member working on the show for the next three months.  We have over 25 people working to make this dream a reality!

In other words, everything that is needed to bring you a professional and fantastic show!  Putting a show like this together takes hundreds of hours and we are committed to paying our talented team! All funds contributed will be used directly for the production.  

Who We Are:

Please click here for information on our incredible team.  Together, we have over 500 years of experience in the theatre!

Read more about Cascarones and Irma's work on the blog for the 30/30 US Latin@/NoPassport international reading scheme, which our February staged reading was part of. Irma Mayorga talks 3030.


- Santa Fe Art Institute for hosting Irma Mayorga as an Artist-in-Residence during August and part of September through their Community Partnership Initiative.

- 315 Restaurant and Wine Bar for hosting the "Dinner with Irma and Daniel" perk.

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  • $18USD
    Cast Care

    Help underwrite the cost of refreshments for the cast for the 6 weeks of rehearsal and performance and help keep the cast healthy and happy. Be listed as Cast Care supporter! (fully tax-deductible)

    10 out of 20 claimed
  • $20USD
    Advanced Tickets

    Help us make sure we SELL OUT the world premiere of Cascarones. Buy your tickets now and guarantee your choice of performance date. Includes a $5 donation to the project to help defray Indiegogo costs. **PLEASE NOTE -- you must call (866) 394-6033 by July 31 to reserve your performance date. Please leave two choices! (amount over $15 is tax-deductible)

    7 claimed

    Signed copy of CARLA'S RIVET

    For a $25 donation, you will receive a signed copy of cast member Nicole Gramlich's acclaimed novel, CARLA'S RIVET. Read this exciting new work of a talented local actress and writer! (amount over $7 is tax-deductible)

    5 out of 5 claimed
  • $36USD
    Signed Cascarones Poster

    For a $36 donation, you will receive a poster from the production signed by the cast and crew. This is perfect for out of state donors! Poster art by noted local artist Paulo Tavares. (amount over $5 is tax-deductible)

    14 out of 25 claimed
  • $50USD
    Cascarones Arroyo

    For a $50 donation, you will receive one ticket to any performance of Cascarones (except September 6), receive a signed playbill from the cast, and be listed in the program as a Cascarones Arroyo. (amount over $15 is tax-deductible)

    2 out of 75 claimed

    Signed copy of Irma's book

    For a $50 donation, you will receive a signed copy of Irma's book The Panza Monologues published by the University of Texas Press. You will also have your name listed in the program as a Cascarones Arroyo (amount over $10 is tax-deductible)

    6 out of 6 claimed
  • $100USD
    Gala Performance

    For a $100 donation, you will receive one ticket to the Gala Performance on Saturday, September 6 @ 7:00 PM. Following the performance will be a reception with the cast and special guests Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales and playwright Irma Mayorga! You will also be listed in the program as a Cascarones Acequia. (amount over $25 is tax-deductible)

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    Underwriting our Piñatas

    Piñatas play a critical part of the production. Help us out by underwriting the cost of making white tiger piñatas for rehearsal and performance. Be listed in the program as the Tiger Piñata sponsor! (fully tax-deductible)

    1 out of 1 claimed
  • $300USD
    Clothe John Wesley Powell!

    Help us rent an appropriate costume for the part of explorer and cartographer John Wesley Powell. Be listed in the program as the JWP Costume sponsor! (fully tax-deductible)

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  • $300USD
    Hats, hats, hats!

    Help underwrite the cost of renting hats for the explorers and Spanish soldiers in Mary Margaret's reveries. Be listed in the program as the official Hat sponsor! (fully tax-deductible)

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