2015-2016 Season

Borderlands Theater proudly announces its 30th season: Unearthing Humanity

Barrio Stories Needs Volunteers

Do you have good attitude and a willingness to partake in community? Sign up to make Barrio Stories, a fun, one-of-a-kind theatrical spectacle! A variety of shifts are available. No experience required. Volunteers must be 16 or older.

This is our most ambitious project in our entire 30 year history. We can’t do this without YOUR help. PLEASE SIGN UP!

For a description of positions and to volunteer CLICK HERE!

For more information, visit www.barriostories.org

Barrio Stories

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by award winning playwrights, Elaine Romero, Virginia Grise, and Martin Zimmerman Directed by Marc David Pinate

Staged outdoors on the grounds of the Tucson Convention Center, this theatrical spectacle brings to life the oral histories of Tucson’s original Mexican American neighborhood demolished with the building of the convention center in the 1960s. Precious memories come to life as audience members take a theatrical tour of what used to be the bustling epicenter of commerce and public celebrations for Tucson’s Mexican-American community (some seating is available.)

Four vignettes with performance installations encountered throughout the plaza culminate in an interactive post show pachanga: featuring folklorico and mariachi youth ensembles with interactive art and audio booths for all ages. Food for sale!


Staged outdoors on the grounds of the Tucson Convention Center 260 S Church Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701. Two entrances: off of parking lot A, Church St. and parking lot C, Granada St.

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$10 suggested donation (no one turned away for lack of funds) at the entrance.

Due to the Donation base nature of this event, all ticket donations will be collected at the entrance on the day of the show only. We can accommodate up to 1,200 audience members per day. There will be no advanced reservations for this event.

Dates and Times

Thursday & Friday March 3 & 4 @ 10am
Saturday & Sunday March 5 & 6 @ 11am

More info

For questions about this innovative theatrical event please call our office at 520-882-8607. To learn more about the project visit the website at Barriostories.org

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Ghosts of Lote Bravo

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by Hilary Bettis
Directed by Barclay Goldsmith

April 14-May1, 2016
Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theater, 330 S Scott Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

Closing the season with a bang is a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere, Ghosts of Lote Bravo, developed at the Juliard PlayLab and Kennedy Center, among other places, by rising star Hilary Bettis. Juanda Cantu’s daughter, Raquel, has disappeared in the desert outside Ciudad Juarez. Through visions offered by La Santa Muerte, Juanda is shown Raquel’s past only to discover that her daughter had hopes, dreams, and courage Juanda knew nothing about.


by Milta Ortiz
Directed by Marc David Pinate

September 10-27, 2015. Thurs-Sat at 7:30pm, Sun 2pm matinee.
Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theater, 330 S Scott Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701

Based on a true story. A community struggles to hold onto their history, identity, and humanity as they fight to save Mexican American Studies in the Tucson Unified School District.

Más was commissioned and developed at Borderlands through a National New Play Network playwright residency. The script was further developed by a Tucson Pima Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, and was one of eight plays recently selected for the national Latino Theater Commons Carnaval play festival  in Chicago.

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Conjunto Blues

Written and Performed by Nicolas Valdez  with  guest musicians

Sunday, October 4
6:00pm Food Trucks! 7pm show!
Fox Theater
17 W Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701

One night Benefit Fundraiser for Borderlands at the Fox Theater!

Tucson, put on those dancing shoes and prepare for an exhilarating evening where the past and future come together in perfect harmony. Borderlands Theater proudly presents CONJUNTO BLUES, a one-night-only extravaganza of South Texas theatre and music. The first half of the night features San Antonio based Nicolas Valdez’s one-man show which theatrically chronicles the development of conjunto music. The evening culminates in a blow-out concert featuring Nick Gaitan and Los Nahuatlatos, the next generation of Xicano fusion from South Texas. The event takes place Sunday, October 4, at 6:30 P.M. at the Fox Theater in downtown Tucson.
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A Tucson Pastorela


by Milta Ortiz and the Pastorela Ghost Writers
Directed by Eva Tessler and Marc Pinate
Live acaccompaniment by Gertie and TO Boyz

Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theater
330 S Scott Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701

A Tucson Pastorela is back for its 19th year! This holiday tradition remains generously infused with farcical satire lampooning 2015’s biggest political and pop cultural events.The shepherds and their flock embark on a harrowing journey to find el baby Jesus, but must make it past Lucifer and her minions’ traps fueled by disguises. Archangel Michael and his sidekick Gabriel are in tow with a few disguises of their own to outsmart those nasty devils and help bring Christmas cheer!

Thursday, December 3rd: 7:30pm
Friday, December 4th: 7:30pm
Saturday, December 5th: 2pm Matinee and 7:30pm
Sunday, December 6th: 2pm Matinee and 7pm

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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)