A Tucson Pastorela

Dec 1 – Dec 11, 2016

Cabaret Theater 300 S. Scott Avenue

Written by Milta Ortiz and the Ghosts Writers

Directed by Katherine Monberg

Live Music by Gertie and the T.O. Boyz

This holiday tradition remains generously infused with farcical satire lampooning 2016’s biggest political and pop cultural events.The shepherds and their flock must embark on a harrowing journey past Lucifer and her minions to find el baby Jesus. Archangel Michael and her sidekick Gabriel help outsmart those nasty devils and bring Christmas cheer! Come laugh and be merry!

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Milta Ortiz


Milta Ortiz is a playwright from the Bay Area now in Tucson by way of Chicago. Currently working on Solving for X (playwright/director) for the Working Classroom, 20th Annual A Tucson Pastorela, and Sanctuary. As an NNPN playwright in residence at Borderlands Theater, she wrote and developed Más, selected to the Latino Theater Commons Carnaval play festival, and premiered at Borderlands Theater in fall 2015, nominated for an American Theatre Critics/Steinberg New Play Award and Citations, and a Tucson Mac award for best drama. Más was co-produced in the Bay Area by Laney College in March 2016 and Ubuntu Theater Project in May 2016 and will go on an Arizona University tour in the 2016/17 season. Other produced plays include Sonoran Shadows (a shadow play,) 19th Annual A Tucson Pastorela, Disengaged, 18th Annual A Tucson Pastorela, Fleeing Blue (university production,)Scatter My Red Underwear. Milta worked extensively as a teaching artist and received individual artist grants to write, develop and produce her solo work in the Bay Area. As a founding member of the HyPE theater ensemble in the Bay Area, she devised pieces to be performed site specifically and on stage. She teaches theater at Pima Community College. Milta earned an M.F.A. from Northwestern University’s Writing for the Screen and Stage program and a Creative Writing B.A. from San Francisco State University. Milta’s day job is Marketing & Outreach Director at Borderlands Theater. She’s worked as a teaching artist for over 6 years and occasionally moonlights as such. She is proud to be mommy to a bubbly toddler.


Katherine Monberg


Katherine Monberg is a freelance director and dramaturg based in Tucson, Arizona.  Recent directing work includes Middletown, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Beauty and the Beast: a Fairy-Tale Thriller, and Elephant’s Graveyard for Arizona Theatre Company’s Summer on Stage; Octagon, Samsara and Spark for ATC’s Café Bohemia; staged readings of Germaine Shames’ The Abstract Life presented by SheWorxx; and the world premiere of Savage Bond at Beowulf Alley Theatre Company.  She is also the Literary Manager at Arizona Theatre Company, where she works as a dramaturg, copyeditor, teaching artist, and supervisor of the dramaturgical and literary internship program, in collaboration with the University of Arizona.  She is also currently pursuing her Masters in Business Administration at the U of A.


Pastorela Cast


Stephanie       Feliz Torralba


Michael        P.J. Peavy

Gabriel        Raul  Andres Gonzalez


Lucifer      Emily Pratt

Satan        Kat Mcintosh

Wrath         Eddie Diaz


Bato        Jim Klingenfus

Menga         Natalia Storie

Gila        Lucinda Serrano

Soledad         Cici Salcido


Crespo     Amanda Lopez

Popo       Julia Mike

Muffin        Lucia Grijalva


King     Mark Allen

King    Tashiana Holt

King    Marc David Pinate

Star     Leticia Gonzalez


Mary    Alex Grijalva

Joseph      Brandon Gonzalez