LA ESQUINITA, USA
What happens to a small border town when big promises from big business are broken? At a bus stop on the 40A Red Line, in cross-cultural hip-hop fueled language at once poetic and powerful, one of the southwest’s premier Mexican-American writer/performers, Rubén C. González, presents a tour-de-force of interlocking stories: ten characters on a passage through a once-booming town, now forgotten. The main source of employment, Thompson Tire Factory, has gone overseas, leaving the town’s infrastructure in disarray. Told by the wise, omniscient custodian, Lencho, and experienced through the eyes of 18-year-old Daniel, La Esquinita, USA connects the disparate stories of those left behind – of the people we, as a society, systematically choose to avoid – into a captivating new American narrative of self-identity, unity, and peace. Much like the works of John Leguizamo, Anna Deveare Smith, and Danny Hoch, La Esquinita, USA is a virtuoso solo performance – a gorgeous, brave story of love, forgiveness, and ultimate redemption. An Arizona premiere from the famed El Teatro Campesino.
La Esquinita, USA is performed in English and contains some mature language. Approximate running time: 1 hour and 30 minutes, with no intermission.
School matinee shows are edited/modified to be suitable for all high school students.
Tuc: 2/2/17 (2:00 p.m.) – AD / OC; 2/2/17 (7:30 p.m.) ASL
Phx: 2/19/17 (6:00 p.m.) OC; 2/22/17 (7:30 p.m.) AD; 2/23/17 (2:00 p.m.) – AD; 2/25/17 (4:00 p.m.) – ASL