La Esquinita, USA
August 5 & 6th at 8PM
A new solo piece by critically acclaimed writer/performer Rubén C. González.
Tickets $12 – $15
Theatre Arts is back at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and audiences have enjoyed a culturally and artistically diverse Summer series. The GCAC closes out the season with the critically acclaimed solo piece La Esquinita,USA by writer/performer Ruben C. Gonzalez. Funded by an Arts Create grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and continued support from the National Performance Network, this week-long residency and two night engagement features seasoned and acclaimed professional theatre artist Ruben C. Gonzalez.
“In 1998 I had the pleasure of being a part of the film, SELENA, I made many friendships with artists from San Anto that I am still in touch with today. I felt a closeness to them and the community. I had the opportunity to visit the Guadalupe in those days and felt as if I was stepping into a home I had once known and now I get to perform my work in our house and tell a story about people of color. Narrative is such a powerful tool for change and to give voice to the ones who sometimes feel voiceless. It is a way to bring communities together to form a better world. I am honored to do this in a home for people like me. To have a theater where I can tell our stories is power and I am privileged and excited to bring this work home. ” – Ruben C. Gonzalez
In addition to performing La Esquinita, USA, and as an official component of the NPN residency, Gonzalez will also present the following programs:
Staged Reading and Developmental Workshop
Tuesday Aug. 2nd 6pm – 10pm
FREE Open to the Public
Guadalupe Theater 1301 Guadalupe St. SA,TX 78207
Gonzalez will lead a reading of his play Chicken performed by SA based actors. During and after the reading, he will offer acting critiques and lead a critical feedback discussion on acting, directing, and the script.
Gonzalez will also be leading a closed workshop with youth at the Juvenile Justice Center on Wed. Aug. 3rd as a part of the GCAC’s TAPP 2.0 youth outreach program.
ABOUT THE SHOW:
La Esquinita, USA is the latest installment of the Mad Mexican’s solo performances by Rubén C. González. This time around he is not so mad and the world is better for it. Now, the ZEN Mexican takes us on a passage through a once booming town LA ESQUINITA, USA but now forgotten like so many others. This story is told by the omniscient narrator LENCHO and experienced through the eyes of 18 year old DANIEL, a young man who is at the peek of his Crystal Meth high while standing at the threshold
between Light and Darkness. The main source of employment, The Thompson Tire Factory has gone to China leaving the town’s infrastructure in disarray. False idols of hope are the only source of relief and the citizens of this dilapidated town are left scavenging for what little remains. What happens to a town when promises from Big Business are broken? What happens to its people? Meet LENCHO, DANIEL and eight other characters in this story of love, forgiveness and ultimate redemption.
ABOUT THE ARTIST :
RUBEN C. GONZALEZ received his training at the London Academy for Performing Arts, Circle in the Square Theatre School and has performed at THE MARK TAPER FORUM, EL TEATRO CAMPESINO, and THE KENNEDY CENTER among others. You’ve seen him on the Big Screen in SELENA, THE MASTER, and in the critically acclaimed, LA MISSION starring Benjamin Bratt.
ABOUT THE THEATRE ARTS PROGRAM: The Theater Arts Program presents and produces contemporary theatre focusing on the Latino, Chicano/a, and Native American experience. The theatre department also provides opportunities for local and regional playwrights, actors, directors, and performing artists to develop their craft and showcase new work along with producing the work of Grupo Animo, the resident teen theatre company.