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.

River City



by Diana Grisanti
Directed By Esther Almazán

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 9 through April 26.

Performance times are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 P.M. with Sunday matinees at 2:00 P.M. 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,

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.

Click here for more play info, cast bios and headshots…

Barclay’s Tribute Dinner & Pachanga


After 29 years as founder and producing director of Borderlands Theater, Barclay Goldsmith is retiring. We invite the Tucson and national community to join us in honoring him and his longtime artistic vision since 1986. To celebrate his legacy the Pachanga Tribute Dinner will be held April 25, 2015, at 6pm at the YWCA, 525 N. Bonita Avenue, Tucson. Tickets $50, $400 for a table (seats 8) Click here to purchase a ticket!

Barclay began his Tucson theater career by helping to found Teatro Libertad in the 1970s and began his theater teaching career by working in the Theater Department at Pima Community College in the 1990s. There he and others presented plays and developed The Border Playwrights Program and the U.S./Mexico Program.

Never one to shy away from the most pressing issues, Barclay has long presented plays to the Tucson community that other companies would not. His artistic choices have been recognized nationally including the Arizona Governor’s Arts Award and the Tucson Pima Arts Council “Lumies” Lifetime Achievement Award.

Barclay Goldsmith has been and continues to be a pioneer in American theater, locally and nationally. We hope you will support this important event to ensure his legacy at Borderlands continues.

The Pachanga Tribute Dinner will be held April 25, 2015, at 6pm at the YWCA, 525 N. Bonita Avenue, Tucson. Tickets $50, $400 for a table (seats 8) Click here to purchase a ticket!

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Special Borderlands Updates


Marc Pinate has been selected by the Borderlands Theater Company Board of Directors to succeed founder, Barclay Goldsmith, as the company’s new Producing Director.Pinate has been working at Borderlands for the past year as an artist in residence. Before officially beginning his new post on November 15, Pinate will be working with Goldsmith during his transition to retirement after 29 years leading the company to prominence. Read more…


Borderlands Theater has been chosen to participate in the A-ha! Program: Think It, Do It, funded by the MetLife Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the professional not-for-profit American theatre. Led by new Producing Director,Marc David Pinate,the Barrio Stories Project will utilize cross-sector partnerships to collect oral histories from the residents of Tucson’s historic barrios. These narratives will be theatricalized and performed in sight-specific locations. The first iteration of the initiative will focus on Barrio Libre, Tucson’s original Mexican-American enclave that was demolished with the construction of the Tucson Convention Center. Pinate hopes to enlist the cooperation of the city and perform the work on the grounds of the Tucson Convention Center with promenade style staging. The play will open in March, 2016 as part of Borderlands’ 30th anniversary season. Read more…

Link to Metlife/TCG A-ha! website announcement page


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)