GOOD NEWS! We have been granted an extension on the campaign! Thanks to all who have donated and to all who will now have the change. We are almost there!!!!
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
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.
HUGE APPRECIATION TO OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS!
- 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.