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Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evildoers


In partnership with the National Performance Network, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center will host award-winning performance artist José Torres-Tama for a weeklong residency from June 15-21. The residency will include student workshops, performances, and a “live art” lecture.

The week will begin with three performance art workshops from June 16-17. During these workshops, Guadalupe theater students will get the opportunity to work closely with Torres-Tama and learn about his process and technique as a performance artist.

On Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 at 8:00 pm at the Guadalupe Theater, Torres-Tama will perform Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evildoers, a sci-fi Latino noir one-man show that takes immigration head on by satirizing the status of immigrants as “extraterrestrials” and “exposes the hypocrisies of a system that vilifies the same people whose labor it exploits.” The show has sold out theaters across the country, including ones at Vanderbilt University and the L.A. Theater Center.

“José will resonate with a diverse audience,” said Guadalupe interim performance arts director Joel Settles. “As the struggle for immigrant rights continues to be a major issue for our country and our region in particular, this production explores it in an entertaining and thought provoking way. Immigration continues to be a controversial issue, which means it is a necessary issue for us to explore through art and performance.”

The week will end with a free Immigrant Rights Forum & Lecture on Sunday, June 21 at 2:00 pm at the Guadalupe Theater headed by Torres-Tama’s lecture Art & Social Change: The Artist as Provocateur. Torres-Tama will transform the traditional lecture into a multimedia, hybrid social commentary on the Latino immigrant experience, the mythology of the “American Dream,” and issues on immigration reform.



June 16-17
Performance Art Workshops with Guadalupe theater students

June 19-20
Aliens, Immigrants & Other Evildoers
8:00 pm
$12 general admission
$10 students/seniors/members/group discount
Guadalupe Theater (1301 Guadalupe)

June 21
Immigrant Rights Forum & Lecture
2:00 pm
Guadalupe Theater (1301 Guadalupe)


ABOUT JOSÉ TORRES-TAMA: Ecuadorian-born José Torres-Tama is an NEA award recipient for his multidisciplinary performances and a Louisiana Theater Fellow. He was awarded a 2015 MAP Fund for the development of his radical Aliens Taco Truck Theater Project. Since 1995, he has toured across the U.S. performing his genre-bending one-man shows as a tool for social change. He is a former contributing commentator on National Public Radio’s Latino USA. For more information on Torres-Tama, visit



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