Sin Muros

Sin Muros: A Latina/o Theatre Festival

February 1 - 4, 2018

In February 2018, Stages will celebrate the range of Latina/o voices and stories reflecting the diversity of local Texas communities. Sin Muros will include the World Premiere of Houstonian Josh Inocéncio’s solo show Purple Eyes and developmental workshop readings of new plays by Texas natives Mando Alvarado, Bernardo Cubría, and Tanya Saracho. The festival weekend will be filled with public events for audiences and local theatre-makers, including workshops and networking opportunities.


Festival Schedule

Thursday, February 1

6:00pm Welcome reception
6:45pm  Drum Circle – Native Blessing of the Space
7:00pm Welcome words and Award Presentation honoring Gente de Teatro with the inaugural Premio Puente (The Bridge Award)
7:30pm  Purple Eyes
7:30pm Alma en venta

Friday, February 2

4:30pm Student Workshop led by Joshua Inocéncio
5:00-8:00pm Tintero Projects in the Poetry Tent
7:30pm Poetry Reading - Gerald Robeldo
8:00pm Play Reading - Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement
8:00pm Alma en venta

Saturday, February 3

12:00pm Workshop: Casting in the New Era, led by Brian Eugenio Herrera
1:00-8:00pm Inprint Poetry Buskers in the Poetry Tent
2:00pm Poetry Reading - Christina Martinez
2:30pm Play Reading - Living and Breathing
2:30pm Alma en venta
7:30pm Poetry Reading - Natasha Carrisoza
8:00pm Play Reading - Song for the Disappeared
8:00pm Alma en venta

Sunday, February 4

11:00am Workshop: Pop Up Playwrighting, led by Nancy Garcia Loza
2:30pm Purple Eyes
2:30pm Alma en venta
5:00pm Closing toast


Purple Eyes

written and peformed by Josh Inocéncio

directed by Jeff Paden

Josh Inocéncio's solo show, Purple Eyes, is an ancestral autobiography honoring four generations of Mexican men through the playwright's own queer imaginings. Mexican machismo collides with understanding and acceptance as Inocéncio explores his heritage and his voice as a queer Chicano in this poetic celebration of familial love and sexual identity.

JOSH INOCÉNCIO is a Houston-based playwright and performer. After finishing his Master’s in Theatre Studies at Florida State University, he returned to Houston to tour his solo play, Purple Eyes, across Texas. He has performed at ProyectoTeatro, the University of Houston, and South Texas College in partnership with UT-RGV. His next appearance will be the world premiere of Purple Eyes at Stages Repertory Theatre in February 2018. Currently, Josh is working on a trilogy entitled Splintered in Three—and the second play, The Little Edelweiss; or, An Immigrant’s Fairytale finished as a semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference. Last summer, Josh trained under Migdalia Cruz at the Maria Irene Fornés Playwriting Workshop in Chicago. Alongside his playwriting endeavors, Josh is a Teaching Artist at The Alley Theatre and a staff writer for Spectrum South.


Play Readings

Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement

by Bernardo Cubria

directed by Jerry Ruiz

Joe lives in a big colorless mansion. His neighbor Jose lives in a colorful shack. When Joe has a business proposition for Jose, their neighborly truce gets a lot more complicated.

BERNARDO CUBRÍA is a Mexican playwright. Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement was a Semi-Finalist for the O'Neil in 2017. It's world premiere was presented at INTAR in NYC in the fall of 2017.  In 2016, The Judgment of Fools received three critically acclaimed productions in NYC, LA, and Houston, TX. The Redhead is Coming was featured at F*ckfest at The Brick in NYC in 2015. As an actor, he has performed at theatres including The Public, Rattlestick, and INTAR. He also voiced a couple characters in the Pixar movie Coco. He is the co-creator of Bad Hombres Comedy.

JERRY RUIZ has directed world, NYC and regional premieres at Second Stage, Primary Stages, Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater, Denver Center, Clubbed Thumb, and Hartford TheaterWorks. Credits include: Fade by Tanya Saracho (Primary Stages and Denver Center), Mala Hierba by Tanya Saracho (Second Stage), Basilica by Mando Alvarado (Rattlestick), Twelfth Night (Old Globe Theater and PlayMakers Repertory Company), Love Goes to Press and Philip Goes Forth (Mint Theater Company), Mariela in the Desert by Karen Zacarias (Repertorio Espanol), In the Heights by Lin Manuel Miranda and Quiara Hudes (UT-Austin), 26 Miles by Quiara Hudes (ASU), The King is Dead by Caroline V. McGraw, Rattlers by Johnna Adams (Flux, NYC), Waiting for the Hearse (Mixed Blood, Minneapolis) and Twelfth Night (Chalk Rep, LA). Jerry has developed work at Second Stage, Playwright’s Horizons, Soho Rep, The Public, The Atlantic, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Playwrights Realm.
Jerry served as Associate Artistic Director of PlayMakers Repertory Company from 2016-2017. He collaborated with Two River Theater Company as the Curator of their new play festival, Crossing Borders from 2011-2015. Jerry was a recipient of the 2009-2011 NEA/TCG Career Development for Directors Grant. He was the 2011 Phil Killian Directing Fellow at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and a Van Lier Directing Fellow at Second Stage Theater from 2007-2009. Member of Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, 2008-2009. Resident Assistant Director on La Boheme (dir. Baz Luhrmann) from 2002-2004.  Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, 2002. Directing MFA: UCSD. BA: Harvard

Song for the Disappeared

by Tanya Saracho

directed by Mariana Carreño King

Patriarch Leo Cantú is a successful businessman with a new trophy wife and two adult daughters: one, a strong-willed writer who fled to Chicago, the other a fragile shut-away who spends her time nursing injured animals back to health. When their carefree-and sometimes careless-younger brother disappears at the US-Mexico border, the family is forced to unite in a search.

TANYA SARACHO was born in Sinaloa, México. She is a playwright who writes for Television (HBO's "Looking," "Girls," and "Devious Maids.") and is currently writing for "How To Get Away With Murder" on ABC. Named “Best New Playwright” by Chicago Magazine, Saracho is an ensemble member at the Tony Award winning Victory Gardens Theater, the founder of the Ñ Project, founder and co-director of ALTA (Alliance of Latino Theater Artists) and founder and former Artistic Director of Teatro Luna: Chicago’s All-Latina Theater. PLAYS PRODUCED AT: Denver Theatre Center (upcoming), Second Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theater, Teatro Vista, Teatro Luna, Fountain Theater, Clubbed Thumb, NEXT Theater and 16th Street Theater. PLAYS INCLUDE: Fade; Hushabye; Mala Hierba; The Tenth Muse; Song for the Disappeared; Enfrascada; El Nogalar (inspired by The Cherry Orchard); an adaptation of The House on Mango Street for Steppenwolf; Our Lady of the Underpass; Surface Day; Kita y Fernanda, and Quita Mitos. Saracho is a winner of the Ofner Prize given by the Goodman Theater, a recipient of an NEA Distinguished New Play Development Project Grant and a 3Arts Artists Award. NEW WORK DEVELOPED AT: South Coast Rep., Denver Theatre Center, Two River Theatre, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Sundance Theater Lab 2012, Hedgebrook Women's Playwright's Festival 2012, Ucross/Sundance 2011, Martha's Vineyard Arts Project 2011, Superlab with Clubbed Thumb/Playwrights Horizon, Ignition Festival at Victory Gardens, Latino Mixfest at Atlantic Theater, and XYZ Fest at About Face Theater. Saracho was named one of nine national Latino “Luminarios” by Café magazine and given the first “Revolucionario” Award in Theater by the National Museum of Mexican Art. IN DEVELOPMENT WITH: HBO, Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, Two Rivers Theatre, Denver Theater Center, South Coast Rep. Tanya is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA, and the Writer's Guild.

MARIANA CARREÑO KING is a writer, director and translator. Her plays have been developed at Mabou Mines, Intar, Labyrinth Theatre Company, Public Theatre, among others. She just finished a run of Dance for a Dollar, a collaboration with director and choreographer Daniel Jáquez, at Milagro Theatre in Portland, Oregon. Mariana is in the Advisory Committee for the Lark Play Development Center US/Mexico Playwright Exchange.

Living and Breathing

by Mando Alvarado

directed by Abigail Vega

Michael, Todd and Jeremy are three old college friends facing a changing political climate. When Todd buys a "living sculpture" Michael is horrified and questions the true intention of the purchase, while Jeremy fights to reconcile the two men who have developed vasty different views on the world.

MANDO ALVARADO is an award-winning playwright/screenwriter from South Texas.  His play Parachute Men had its world premiere at the Victory Gardens Theater with Teatro Vista. His play Basilica premiered Off-Broadway at the famous Cherry Lane Theater in NYC. His play Post No Bills received its Off-Broadway premiere at Rattlestick Playwright's Theater. His new play, Diablo Love, had its world premiere this summer at Central Park's Summer Stages. They also produced A King of Infinite Space, a Hamlet/Pearl Jam mash-up and Sangre, an adaptation of Blood Wedding. He also co-wrote the book for the bilingual musical A Yellow Brick Road, an adaptation of Wizard of Oz for Theaterworks USA which received its critically acclaimed Off-Broadway premiere at The Lortel. His first feature film, Cruzando, which he co-wrote and co-directed with Michael Ray Escamilla is available on DVD and was distributed by Vanguard Cinema.  He is a member of Rising Phoenix Rep, alum of INTAR’s Hispanic-Playwright-in-Residence Laboratory 2006 – 2008, a member of Company of Angels writer's group, and a graduate of The University of North Carolina School of the Arts.  He’s currently working on VIDA for Starz.

ABIGAIL VEGA is a Chicago and Los Angeles-based actor, writer, deviser, administrator and theater maker who is honored to be working alongside and serving the artists in the Latinx Theatre Commons as the LTC Producer. A proud graduate of Emerson College in Boston, MA, Abigail previously served as the Director of the Artistic Collective and an Ensemble Member of Teatro Luna—America’s Pan Latina Theatre Company, with whom she performed with and worked in over twenty-five cities in thirteen states and four countries in the past year, including an appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, UK. Originally from San Antonio, TX, she is passionate about providing access, visibility and opportunities for emerging women of color playwrights and theater artists, and is excited to continue this work with the Latina/o Theatre Commons. 


Additional Events

Casting in the New Era: A Conversation about the History of Casting - February 3, 12:00pm
How did contemporary casting practices come into being? How did actors become freelancers? Do you know the sordid history of the headshot? How has casting changed in the internet era? Why do casting controversies figure so prominently in discussions about race, gender and sexuality in contemporary theatre? Drawing upon his ongoing research for his book-length study of the topic (Casting, A History), performance historian Brian Herrera will invite questions from those assembled to guide a lively interactive discussion about the history of casting in US popular performance. This conversation aims to press the critical, creative and historical understanding of casting beyond familiar zero-sum measures of good/bad, success/failure or right/wrong so as to cultivate an appreciation of casting as a dynamic repertoire of performance techniques, practices and conventions ripe for experimentation, innovation and revision. Click here to sign up!

BRIAN EUGENIO HERRERA is Assistant Professor of Theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. His work, both academic and artistic, examines the history of gender, sexuality and race within and through U.S. popular performance. He is the author of The Latina/o Theatre Commons 2013 National Convening: A Narrative Report(HowlRound, 2015) and his first book Latin Numbers: Playing Latino in Twentieth-Century U.S. Popular Performance (Michigan, 2015) was awarded the George Jean Nathan Prize for Dramatic Criticism. He is presently at work on two new book projects: Starring Miss Virginia Calhoun, a narrative portrait of a deservedly obscure early 20th century actress/writer/producer, and Casting - A History, a historical study of the material practices of casting in US popular performance.

Poetry tent in courtyard prior to readings

The Sin Muros Poetry Tent hosted by the Latino/a Literary Organization Tintero Projects will feature a variety of local literary organizations, performance poetry teams, publishing houses and book sellers. At the tent you can expect to find Inprint poetry buskers who will write poems "on demand" in English or Spanish, the oldest Latino literary publisher in the country Arte Publico press selling books in fiction, poetry and memoir, Writers in the Schools with make and take creative writing activities for teens and young adults and live poetry readings by local poets from various slam teams and performance groups including Barrio Writers, Fuente Co. and many others. 

Sin Muros Festival Poets:

  • February 2nd at 7:00pm - Gerald Cedillo
  • February 3rd at 2:00pm - Cristina Martinez
  • February 3rd at 7:00pm - Natty Carrizosa

Poetry Buskers by Inprint Houston
Inprint writers will write you a poem on any topic while you wait!

Pop-up Playwriting Workshop POP-UP PLAYWRITING WORKSHOP 

Chicago-based, Mexican-American writer Nancy García Loza will host a workshop for writers interested in expanding their creative skills in developing stage plays. Writers should come prepared with pages from works in progress to present for feedback from Garcia Loza and their peers. 

García Loza serves as the Co-Creative Director of the Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists (ALTA), and since its launch in 2014 she has participated in ALTA’s Chicago Latinx Playwrights Circle: El Semillero. Her inaugural play, MACHA: a pocha sister story, received commendation as a finalist for the Theater on the Lake in the Works: New Play Commission (2017). As a storyteller, she has made her stage debut this year with pieces performed at Collaboraction, Steppenwolf, and Victory Gardens Theater. 

Pop-Up Playwriting Workshop will take place on Sunday, February 4 at 1:00pm. Participants must bring samples of work for feedback.. "Pop-up Playwriting" will be underwritten by The Monologue Bank. Sign up here!

STUDENT WORKSHOP: Ancestral Auto/Biographies - Friday, February 3, 3:30p
In Ancestral Auto/Biographies, participants will bring a family heirloom or cultural object from home, and Josh will guide them through a series of exercises so that they can craft their own short, solo pieces based on personal experiences and memories of their family members. Josh Ioncencio incorporates three rounds each workshop: a prologue, a central conflict, and a resolution. Since he follows the process from his own play, Purple Eyes, he performs brief selections each round so that the students have concrete examples. Every participant will write and, ideally, perform their material. After each performance, Josh always provides brief feedback on how to expand their writing into a fully fledged solo play.
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