An adaptation of Augusta and Noble
Written by Carlos Murillo
Directed by Lisa Portes
For receptive 8-year-olds and up
Runs approximately two hours, including one 15-minute intermission
A Children’s Theatre Company World Premiere Production
Gabi Castillo, a bright, 14-year-old Mexican-American girl living on the South Side of Chicago, is accepted into a very different, elite high school. Through her Global Perspectives class, she learns secrets about her past and her parents, discovers her own inherited strength, and begins to understand what it means to take risks. In today’s world of immigration raids and Dreamers, fear and uncertainty, Gabi inspires a modern-day lesson in bravery, courage, and finding power in what seems like a powerless situation.
Join us following select performances of I Come From Arizona for talkbacks with community leaders!
Saturday, October 20, after the 2pm performance | Panelists: Michele Garnett McKenzie, Deputy Director, The Advocates for Human Rights: Rudolfo Gutierrez, External Consultant to the Executive Director, HACER (Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research); Jose Gonzalez, Executive Director, LatinoLEAD; Senator Patricia Torres Ray (DFL, District 63); John Keller, Esq., Executive Director, Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota
Sunday, October 21, after the 5pm performance | Speaker: Sarah Brenes, Program Director, Refugee & Immigrant Program, The Advocates for Human Rights
Saturday, October 27, after the 5pm performance | Speaker: Madeline Lohman, Senior Researcher, The Advocates for Human Rights
Ricardo Vázquez | Reymundo, Ragged Looking Man, Ice Man
Ricardo is excited to return to CTC after The Last Firefly. He has performed with Guthrie Theater, Mixed Blood Theatre Company, History Theatre, Ten Thousand Things, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, HERE Center for the Arts in New York, and MOMA. Television: ABC’s In an Instant, Evine Network, M@dabout TV! Film: Nina of the Woods; The Public Domain; Death to Prom. Awards: 2018 MSAB Artists Initiative Grant, 2013 Emerging Artist Ivey Award, 2012 – 2013 Jerome Many Voices Fellowship.
Nora Montañez | Dolores, Yadira
Nora is thrilled to be back at CTC, where she was last seen in Pippi Longstocking. She has performed with several Twin Cities theatre companies, including Jungle Theater, Mixed Blood Theatre Company, Theatre Mu, and Guthrie Theater. Nora is also the Founder/Artistic Director of the Alliance of Latinx Minnesota Artists, a 2018 MRAC Next Step Award recipient, and holds a B.F.A. from Florida Atlantic University.
Ayssette Muñoz | Gabi
Ayssette is a Mexican-American actress based in Chicago. The Chicago Tribune featured her as a “Hot New Face of Chicago Theatre” in 2015. Credits: Chicago PD (NBC); The Wolf at the End of the Block; View From the Bridge (Teatro Vista); The Doppelgänger (an international farce) (Steppenwolf Theatre); Ah, Wilderness! (Goodman Theatre); Romeo and Juliet (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Plantation! (Lookingglass Theatre Company).
Luca La Hoz Calassara | Jesús
This is Luca’s first appearance at CTC, and he’s proud and excited! He’s been part of Minnesota Opera’s Project Opera, appearing in their production of Odyssey, and also in Minnesota Opera’s production of Dead Man Walking at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. Luca is also in his 5th year with Twin Cities Youth Chorale and he’s preparing for their December concert, Amahl and the Night Visitors.
Madison Neal | Fiona
Madison is thrilled to join this production. Recent performances include Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas!; Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical (Children’s Theatre Company); Philemon and Baucis — Planet in Peril (Mixed Precipitation); Spring Awakening (Contra Theatre Company); Seussical (Ashland Productions); and Fidgety Fairy Tales (Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health). She is in Institute (class of 2020), a four-year pre-professional training program through CTC’s Theatre Arts Training.
Antonio De La Vega | Ricardo
Antonio is thrilled to be back at Children’s Theatre Company for I Come From Arizona. Including Children’s Theatre Company, Antonio has collaborated with other theatre companies, such as TASU Theatre Company and Minnetonka Theatre. Antonio is also the proud founder and owner of his own student-run theatre company, Contra Theatre Company.
Ananda Córdova Stuart | Student, Understudy Gabi
Ananda returns to Children’s Theatre Company after her debut in Cinderella. Ananda played Mimi in Rent and Rapunzel in Into the Woods at SPCPA. She has enjoyed roles in The Wiz; Shadow Thieves; Goodnight Moon; and seven other shows through Stages Theatre Company. She is a senior at SPCPA in the musical theatre track.
Enzo La Hoz Calassara | Student, Understudy Ricardo
Enzo is very excited to be in his first CTC production. He’s in Minnesota Opera’s Project Opera program, and been in their production of Odyssey. He’s also taken classes with CTC’s Theatre Arts Training program, and participates in his middle school’s theatrical productions. Starting with Christmas musicals, Enzo has always loved acting, and he’s proud to represent the Latinx community in this important production.
Sara Magnuson | Student, Understudy Fiona
Sara is thrilled to be making her Children’s Theatre Company debut. She has previously been seen in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR.; The Velveteen Rabbit; Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical; and Bear Snores On (Stages Theatre Company); Hairspray (Youth Performance Company); and Sister Act (Fridley Community Theatre).
Shá Cage | Ms. Chan
Theatre: England: Hackney Empire, Nottingham Playhouse, The Albany, Zion Arts. Familiar; Romeo and Juliet; King Lear; U/G/L/Y; Clybourne Park; Appomattox; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Guthrie Theater); Changelings; Henry IV; Forget Me Not; Blood Wedding (Ten Thousand Things); Two Gentlemen of Verona (Jungle Theater); Grounded; Eclipsed; Venus (Frank Theatre); The Liar; Mary T & Lizzy K (Park Square Theatre); Ballad of Emmett Till; Amen Corner; For Colored Girls (Penumbra Theatre); Ruined; and Agnes Under the Big Top (Mixed Blood Theatre Company).
Film: KEON; New Neighbors; Drop Dead Gorgeous; Midnight Chronicles; and Radio. Awards: Regional Emmy, Ivey Awards, Minnesota Women’s Press Changemaker, 2017 City Pages Artist of the Year. Fellowships: McKnight Fellowship, Fox/TCG Fellowship.
Alex Barreto Hathaway | Understudy Reymundo, Ragged Looking Man, Ice Man
Alex is a performer and visual artist originally from Puerto Rico. He’s recently played with Sod House Theater, Sparkle Theatricals, Red Bird Theatre, and will be with Exposed Brick Theatre in November. He’s a Teaching Artist at Highland Park High. On the side, he makes masks and illustrates. @spacemanAx
Understudy Dolores, Yadira
I Come From Arizona is Fernanda Badeo’s first collaboration with Children’s Theatre Company. She has also performed for several theatres throughout Minnesota, such as Guthrie Theater, Commonweal Theatre Company, Savage Umbrella, and many others.
Marcelo Mena | Understudy Jesús
Marcelo has enjoyed roles in Ludlow; The Music Man; Dear Edwina; and Annie. He has performed in musical theatre and film productions with several organizations in the Twin Cities and Miami, including Nimbus Theatre, YellowTree Theatre, and Miami Children’s Theater. Marcelo’s film productions include Minnesota in the Cosmos and Betta Fish.
Gabrielle Dominique | Understudy Ms. Chan, Crossing Guard
Gabrielle is excited to make her CTC debut! She is a 2017 graduate of St. Olaf College where she earned degrees in Dance and Theatre. A South Minneapolis native, Gabrielle has collaborated with several Twin Cities companies including Flying Foot Forum, Wonderlust Productions, Theater Latté Da, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, and Guthrie Theater.
Carlos Murillo (Playwright)
Awards: Doris Duke Impact Award, Mellon National Playwright Residency, two National Latino Playwriting Awards. American Theatre called his trilogy The Javier Plays (53rd State Press) “an extraordinary achievement from a writer at the height of his powers.” Carlos serves on the board of the MacDowell Colony and heads the Playwriting Program at The Theatre School of DePaul University.
Lisa Portes (Director)
Lisa Portes is a director, educator and leader dedicated to expanding the circle of Americans reflected in 21st century American theatre. She is a co-founder of the Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) and serves as champion of the LTC Carnaval of New Latinx Work. Lisa heads the M.F.A. Directing Program at The Theatre School at DePaul University and serves on the board of the Theatre Communications Group. She was recently honored with the Stage Directors and Choreographers 2016 Zelda Fichandler Award for Directors. Lisa’s work has been seen in Chicago at Victory Gardens Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Timeline Theatre, Silk Road Rising, and Teatro Vista. Regionally she has directed for California Shakespeare Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Denver Theatre Center, Guthrie Theater, and South Coast Repertory. New York credits include productions at Playwrights Horizons and Soho Repertory Theatre. Recent projects: The Glass Menagerie (California Shakespeare Theater); Breach by Antoinette Nwandu (Victory Gardens Theater); and Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías (Denver Theatre Center). Upcoming projects include Rightlynd by Ike Holter (Victory Gardens Theater) and The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa Fasthorse (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park). She lives in Chicago with her husband, playwright, Carlos Murillo and their two children, Eva Rose and Carlos Alejandro.
Yu Shibagaki (Scenic Designer)
Yu’s designs have been seen at Writers Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, American Players Theatre, Sideshow Theatre, Haven Theatre, Remy Bumppo Theatre, American Theater Company, Steppenwolf Theatre, and First Stage. Upcoming Productions: Engaging Shaw (American Players Theatre); Mansfield Park (Northlight Theatre); The Father (Remy Bumppo Theatre); and Cambodian Rock Band (Victory Gardens Theater).
Trevor Bowen (Costume Designer)
Trevor Bowen is proud to return to CTC for the 2018 – 2019 Season. Trevor’s costume design credits include: Last Stop on Market Street; Corduroy (CTC); Lady Day at Emerson Bar and Grill (Jungle Theater); Fellow Travelers (Minnesota Opera); Ragtime (5th Ave Theater and Asolo Repertory Theatre); BLKS (Steppenwolf Theatre); Five Points (Theater Latté Da); GIRL Shakes Loose (Penumbra Theatre).
Paul Whitaker (Lighting Designer)
Paul returns to CTC, having worked on numerous productions including The Last Firefly, The Snowy Day; Seedfolks; Shrek the Musical; Cinderella; Alice in Wonderland; and Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy. Local credits include work at the MN Opera, Guthrie Theater, and Theater Latté Da. New York and regional credits include work at The Public Theater, Atlantic Theater Company, Playwrights Horizons, La Jolla Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre, among others. Paul is a Principal Lighting Designer/Theatre Consultant for Schuler Shook.
Victor Zupanc (Composer, Sound Designer, Musician)
Victor is credited with approximately 300 productions as Composer, Musical Director, and Sound Designer throughout the country and around the world winning many awards and honors. Victor often composes for orchestras, choirs, and films, as well as for NPR. This is Victor’s 28th season as Music Director/Composer at CTC.
Miriam Weisfeld (Dramaturg)
Miriam was previously Senior Vice President at the Araca Group (Broadway) and Associate Artistic Director of Woolly Mammoth (Washington, D.C.). Additional credits: New York Theatre Workshop, American Repertory Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville. M.F.A., ART/Moscow Art Theatre Institute at Harvard University.
Cynthia Decure (Dialect Coach)
Cynthia is a voice and dialect coach certified in Knight-Thompson Speechwork® and Fitzmaurice Voicework®, SAG/AFTRA, AEA, VASTA. Credits: El Huracán (Yale Repertory Theatre); In The Heights (Phoenix Theater, AZ, and Chance Theater, CA); The Long Road Today/Diálogos (South Coast Repertory); Shelter (CalArts Center for New Performance); and Showtime’s The Affair. She is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Stanislaus.
Coletrane T. Johnson (Assistant Director)
Coletrane is excited to return to CTC after interning on The Abominables. He has enjoyed onstage roles in Pippi Longstocking and Alice In Wonderland (CTC), and has directed productions of James and the Giant Peach; Alice in Wonderland; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Little Women; Seussical; Tarzan; and Fiddler On The Roof (Highland Park Community Center Theatre).
Alex Clark (Assistant Lighting Designer)
Alex is a freelance lighting designer and photographer with an M.F.A. in Lighting Design from the University of Minnesota. Recent assistant designs include Blithe Spirit (Guthrie Theater); Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (Children’s Theatre Company); and Speechless (The Moving Company). As a lighting designer, Alex has recently created Dear Lenny: Bernstein’s Life in Song & Letters (Open Eye Figure Theatre).
Stacy McIntosh (Stage Manager)
This is Stacy’s 21st season at CTC. Some favorite credits include: Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax; The Abominables; Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical; The Jungle Book; A Christmas Story; Five Fingers of Funk!; Bud, Not Buddy; Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy; Dr. Seuss’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas!; and A Year with Frog and Toad (CTC and New Victory Theatre).
Jenny R. Friend (Stage Manager)
Jenny has been a member of the Children’s Theatre Company family as the Production Stage Manager since 2005, and she loves nothing better than being in rehearsal with the amazing, creative staff here. She has traveled the country and the world organizing and nurturing theatre from San Jose to Santa Fe to San Diego, from Okoboji, Iowa, to Nagoya, Japan.
Chandler Jordan Hull (Assistant Stage Manager)
Chandler is in her fourth season at CTC. She has worked with Theater Latté Da, SteppingStone Theatre, Park Square Theatre, Walking Shadow Theatre Company, Saint Paul Academy, and ValleyFair. Up next: The Venetian Twins with Chicago College of Performing Arts.