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2013/2014 Resident Theatre Company: Teatro Máscara Mágica

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La Jolla Playhouse is pleased to announce that Teatro Máscara Mágica (TMM) has been named the 2013/2014 Resident Theatre Company. Spearheaded by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, the Resident Theatre Program aims to encourage the artistic development of up-and-coming performing arts organizations, while advancing and contributing to the San Diego theatre scene as a whole. The program provides a temporary home each year to one of the many local troupes without a permanent venue. Each year, the Playhouse selects a local arts organization through a competitive application process, to use one of the La Jolla Playhouse venues for two productions rent free. In addition to performance space, the Playhouse provides the Resident Theatre Company with lighting and sound support as well as advice in the areas of marketing and development. Previous Resident Theatre participants have included Eveoke Dance Theatre, San Diego Asian American Repertory Theater, MOXIE Theater and Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company.

Heralded as the "Theater of the People," Teatro Máscara Mágica (TMM) was founded in 1989 and is a culturally diverse, community based team of artists and supporters of the arts that believe all races, creeds and cultures should have the opportunity for artistic expression and experiences of the highest quality – particularly in the multi-sensorial realm of live theater. The brainchild of two of San Diego's best known Latino directors, William Virchis and Dr. Jorge Juerta, Teatro Máscara Mágica serves the County with quality professional theatre and for nearly 25 years has been recognized as a national leader in developing a curriculum of enlightening theatre productions coupled with community-based outreach and educational experiences. With its performances, TMM has proved its dedication to increasing the production of multicultural theatre, providing professional theatrical opportunities to underrepresented segments of the population and to subsidizing ticket prices to make live theatre affordable to families and the less affluent.

Upcoming Performance

Misa Azteca

World Premiere

Misa Azteca: A Prophetic Poem Fulfilled

June 11 - June 22, 2014

Story by Monique and Joseph Julian Gonzalez
Music by Joseph Julian Gonzalez
Directed by William Virchis


Played internationally as an orchestral, choral piece, Misa Azteca has delighted audiences throughout the world. However, the prophetic poems and mysteries it is built upon have never been brought to light. Now, for the first time ever... Misa Azteca: A Prophetic Poem Fulfilled is an eerie dramatization of the fore-telling of the fall of the Aztec Empire, the rise of an unknown God and a miracle that will transform a nation. Dance, multi-media and song are combined to tell a story that will inspire, uplift the human spirit and be an experience you won’t want to miss.

Watch the Misa Azteca Promo Short

Joseph Julian Gonzalez has composed a multitude of musical scores for film and TV including the Academy Award-nominated documentary Colors Straight Up, the Emmy Award-winning Made in LA, and Showtime’s longest running Latino series Resurrection Blvd. His latest project, the 6-part miniseries Latino Americans, recently won the 2014 Peabody Award. His concert music includes commissions from the Kronos String Quartet, Meet the Composer, and the American Music Forum. His symphonic oratorio Misa Azteca has been performed in such major venues as Carnegie Hall, the Sydney Opera House and the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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Past Performance

Detained in the Desert

Detained in the Desert

August 29 - September 15, 2013

Story by Josefina López
Directed by William Virchis

Teatro Máscara Mágica began its residency with a production of Josefina López's Detained in the Desert. A response to the anti-immigrant atmosphere in Arizona and the rise in violence against Latinos fueled by extremist media, Detained in the Desert parallels two completely different people: Sandi, a second-generation dark-skinned Latina, and Lou Becker, an inflammatory talk show radio host, whose lives converge in the Sonoran desert in Arizona. López is best known as the author of the play Real Women Have Curves, and as the co-author of the screenplay for its film adaptation, which earned her the Humanitas Prize for Screenwriting. She is also a novelist and the Founder and Artistic Director of CASA 0101 Theater in Los Angeles' Boyle Heights neighborhood.