2015-2016 Season

Borderlands Theater proudly presents its 30th season: Unearthing Humanity



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.

Conjunto Blues

South Texas Border Music comes to Tucson for one night

by: Nicolas Valdez

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 Gaitàn and Los Nahuatlatos, the next generation of Xicano fusion from South Texas. The event takes place Sunday, October 4, at 7:00 P.M. at the Fox Theater in downtown Tucson.

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

Tickets: $20 General; $10 Students
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A Tucson Pastorela 2015

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

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!

A Tucson Pastorela runs:
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

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

Barrio Stories

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!

Ghost of Lote Bravo


by Hilary Bettis
Directed by Barclay Goldsmith and Mary Davis

Closing the season with a bang is a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere, Ghosts of Lote Bravo, developed at the Julliard 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.

Ghosts of Lote Bravo runs April 14-May1, 2016 at the Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theater, 330 S Scott Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701.