El Corrido de California is performed in Spanish with some English. Both English and Spanish captions are available now.
California, 1846. Don Gerónimo Segura, a Mexican rancher and mayor of the village of Santa Bárbara, welcomes his son Rafael home after five years of military service in Mexico City. Rafael, however, comes bearing news–the United States, the neighboring country his father so deeply admires, has begun a hostile takeover of California. In the ensuing conflict, Don Gerónimo and the citizens of Santa Bárbara are forced to choose between their honor and keeping themselves and their loved ones safe.
Set at the start of the Mexican American War, El Corrido de California, which translates to "The Ballad of California," is a bilingual play that dramatizes this turbulent period that is rarely spoken about in American history books. Fausto Avendaño, a playwright, translator, and professor at California State University, Sacramento, was born in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico, and spent his childhood in Los Angeles and San Diego, California. He is the author of several other works of historical fiction about early-day Californians and Mexican-Americans.
El Corrido de California Cast
- MICAELA/PROLOGUE SINGER & GUITARIST
- Sara Ornelas
- FRANCISCO TEJADA/OTHERS
- Jose-Maria Aguila
- COMO. STOCKTON/VOICE/JAILER/VOICE 1
- Peter Bradbury
- DON TUBURCIO/OTHERS
- Omar Chagall
- MR. JENKINS/AMERICA/OTHERS
- Michael Countryman
- CAPTAIN GILLESPIE
- Quincy Dunn-Baker
- DON GERÓNIMO
- Rubén Flores
- OLD WOMAN/MAJ. FREEMONT/OTHERS
- Kate Forbes
- Franco Gonzalez
- DON ABEL STEARNS
- Lorenzo Landini
- Fedra Ramírez Olivares
- DOÑA AMPARO/OTHERS
- Maria Peyramaure
- STAGE DIRECTIONS
- Camila Pérez Santiago
El Corrido de California Creative
Theatre Talk: El Corrido de California
Learn more about the history of the production and its creators through a lively discussion with Director Galia Backal and Ana Cantorán Viramontes, a contributing writer for the Upstage Guide.
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