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There and Back, a play by Raul Garza
Teatro Paraguas
Santa Fe , NM
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There and Back, a play by Raul Garza
Ground Floor Theatre of Austin, TX and Teatro Paraguas present the regional premiere of There and Back, by National Latino Playwriting Award winner, Raul Garza.  This new work opens up dialogue about the current immigration crisis with an eye towards the fraught history between the US Government and Mexicans seeking that shining city upon a hill.  

Gloria travels from her native Mexico, to join her husband, Victor, on a migrant farmworkers camp. Her arrival on the day of President John F. Kennedys inauguration reveals stark contrasts between the American dream and her reality. A series of visits by a liberated, contemporary Virgen de Guadalupe offers Gloria a glimpse of her life and legacy in the context of other presidential erasReagan and Trump, and presents a life-altering choice: stay in the United States, and accept her status as a member of the underclass, or abandon the agreed-upon plan and her future family to claim dignity and fulfillment.  There and Back defines the tipping-point of injustice to immigrants mandated by the Trump presidency and offers a human voice to narrate the long American journey there.

Ground Floor Theatre co-director Patti Neff-Tiven directs this new work by Raul Garza (National Latino Playwriting Award winner for Fantasmaville), with a cast that includes Karina Dominguez (The Leftovers) as Gloria, Mical Trejo (Confessions of a Mexpatriate, Latino Comedy Project) and Giselle Marie Muñoz (Producer, Maenad Films) as Guadalupe.  Set design by Austin Critics Table award-winner, Ia Ensterä (, Lighting by Natalie George (, Costumes by Pam Fletcher-Friday, Sound design by Lowell Bartholomee and featuring an original score by David Garza (

Performances run November 8 - 17, 2018 at Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie Suite B, Santa Fe, NM.  Performances are Thursday through Saturday nights at 7:30PM and Sunday at 2:00PM.  Tickets are sliding scale $10 - $20 and can be purchased at

About the playwright:
Raul Garza is an Austin-based playwright who tells stories that resound with culture and sense of place. His full-length play Fantasmaville received the National Latino Playwriting Award, and earned a B. Iden Payne Award nomination for Outstanding Original Script. His short play MyHEB garnered FronteraFest 2015 Best of Fest recognition. Rauls full length plays include Fantasmaville, Sanctuary, Cura, Confessions of a Mexpatriate, Ruby, There and Back, and El. His short story "In the Room" won the 2014 Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest, and Running Bear and "LeBaron" were cited for Honorable Mention by the 2017 and 2014 Texas Observer Short Story Contest. When not writing, Raul explores kundalini yoga, devours pop culture, and serves as creative director of TKO Advertising.

About Ground Floor Theatre:
Ground Floor Theatre was founded in 2014 by Lisa Scheps and concentrates on works by and for underrepresented communities. It serves as an incubator to foster and grow new and groundbreaking works that shine a light on groups that are often overlooked.  For more information visit


Teatro Paraguas (View)
3205 Calle Marie
Santa Fe , NM 87507
United States


Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Teatro Paraguas
On BPT Since: Jan 05, 2016
Teatro Paraguas


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