Blood Ties/En Familia

Borderlands Theater proudly announces its 29th season with three exceptional productions- two of them World Premieres and one performed alternately in English and Spanish- that explore the bonds of love, solidarity and memory between individuals, their families and their communities.

They Call Me A Hero

WORLD PREMIERE
They Call Me A Hero
by Guillermo Reyes
Based on A Memoir by Daniel Hernandez
Directed by Barclay Goldsmith

Based on the memoirs of Daniel Hernandez, the 20 year old intern who saved Congresswoman
Gabrielle Gifford’s life and became a national hero, THEY CALL ME A HERO examines the life
of an unexpected hero thrown into a whirl-wind of publicity. As his private life becomes public,
Daniel’s family and upbringing in South Tucson provides the backbone that empowers him.

The stories we tell about ourselves are the building blocks of our identity:

THEY CALL ME A HERO is a quintessential Tucson story about a bi-cultural, intelligent, compassionate young man from humble beginnings who realized the value of helping others from an early age. His story encompasses familiar Tucson values: the importance of family, compassion, civic participation, and resilience. Daniel’s journey of self realization is something that all Tucsonans – Democrat or Republican, queer or not, Latino or otherwise – can learn from.

Set within the zeitgeist of our most pressing issues:

Playwright, Guillermo Reyes (Deporting the Divas, Men On The Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown, Chilean Holiday), sets this inspiring story within the context of the most pressing issues of our day. Reyes examines the relationship between gun violence and mental illness with additional research, outside of Hernandez’s memoir, into the life of gunman, Jared Lee Loughner, as he fell through the cracks of mental healthcare. As the child of a Spanish speaking mother and English speaking father, the play bears witness to how the elimination of bilingual education in Tucson shaped Daniel’s political intellect. Most meaningful is the depiction of a young, gay, Latino role model who perseveres through personal hardships, a relentless media spotlight, and national tragedy.
THEY CALL ME A HERO is an honest and touching story about the importance of caring for others.

September 25th-October 12th 2014

Opening Night $24, General $20, Senior $17, Student $14 (group rates and various discounts available) Please call the Borderlands Box Office (520)882-7406 to make your reservations.

ZUZI’S Theater, 738 N. 5th Ave.

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Absence/El Ausente

ABSENCE/EL AUSENTE

by Victor Hugo Rascon Banda. Translated by Caridad Svich
Directed by Eva Tessler & Victor Carpinteiro

In this drama by one of Mexico’s most prolific and widely produced playwrights, three generations of a Mexico City family endure the absence of a son, husband, and father who has left for the United States in search of work. As the family’s situation deteriorates, a sighting of their absent loved one catapults the play to its surprising ending. PERFORMANCES ALTERNATING BETWEEN ENGLISH AND SPANISH.

February 12th -March 1st 2015

Opening Night $24, General $20, Senior $17, Student $14 (group rates and various discounts available) Please call the Borderlands Box Office (520)882-7406 to make your reservations.

ZUZI’S Theater, 738 N. 5th Ave.

River City

WORLD PREMIERE

RIVER CITY

by Diana Grisanti

Shaken by her father’s death, Mary sets off to uncover three generations’ worth of secrets buried in the West End of Louisville, Kentucky. River City charts Mary’s discoveries, which span four decades, and investigates race, memory, and the ghosts that haunt one American family.

April 9th- 19th 2015

Opening Night $24, General $20, Senior $17, Student $14 (group rates and various discounts available) Please call the Borderlands Box Office (520)882-7406 to make your reservations.

ZUZI’S Theater, 738 N. 5th Ave,

Season Information

All performances will be at ZUZI, 738 N. 5th Ave. Tickets can be purchased online here or by phone at (520) 882-7406. For more information please call (520) 882-8607. Season subject to change.

2013-2014 season Sponsored in part by

support from NNPN for Playwright in Residence Grant GROUNDED Rolling World Premier
support from National Endowment for the Arts
Global Connections –IN the LAB program, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
National Association for Latino Arts and Culture
with support from Tucson Pima Arts Council with support from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
with support from Desert Diamond Casino

Catherene Morton & Borderlands Theater donors (big and small)

Borderlands Theater is a member of the National New Play Network (NNPN), Theatre Communications Group (TCG), NoPassport, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC)