Cara Mia Theatre Company

The 4th Annual Theatrical Celebration to
La Virgen de Guadalupe

Contact: Marisela Barrera
Artistic Director


The 4th Annual Virgen Project presented by Cara Mia Theatre Co.

At The Undermain Theatre Basement Space
3200 Main Street
Deep Ellum

December 8-9 & 12-16, 2000 8:15 p.m.

With an exhibition in the lobby, "La Virgen"
Curated by Maria Teresa Garcia-Pedroche
With a Virgen de Guadalupe home alter assembled by Jesus Chairez

***Please note: Opening Night, December 8, is SOLD OUT!***

Tuesday December 12 & Wednesday December 13:
Paga lo que Puedes (Pay-What-You-Can)
All other nights: $10

Cara Mia Theatre Co. invites you to its fourth annual theatrical celebration of La Virgen de Guadalupe at the Undermain Theater Basement Space (3200 Main Street Street in Deep Ellum). This year's Virgen Project consists of two productions:

Virgen Manifestations is a 20 minute one-woman show written and performed by Marisela Barrera with Rosendo Reyna on guitar and accordian. "Virgen Manifestations is a compilation of my writings from different works previously produced. La Virgen is a reoccurring theme," says Ms. Barrera.

MILAGRITOS/little miracles is the feature production of the evening; it is an adaptation of Women Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros, first produced by Cara Mia in 1998 at the Ice House Cultural Center. Ms. Barrera has taken characters from Cisneros' stories and has woven them together to tell of a woman's memories of a childhood in South Texas and the development of her relationship with art and La Virgen de Guadalupe. Marinca Calo-oy revives her original role as La Virgen de Guadalupe; Marco Rodriguez is also featured. Musical Direction by Rosendo Reyna includes traditional Virgen de Guadalupe songs such as "La Guadalupana de Tepayac," "Las Mananitas," and "La Virgen Ranchera."

The annual Virgen Project began in 1997 with a production of Denise Chavez's Novena Narrativas. MILAGRITOS/little miracles was produced in 1998 as the 2nd Annual Virgen Project. In December 1999, Cara Mia hosted an evening of readings on La Virgen de Guadalupe at the Ice House and traveled to Mexico City on December 12 for her celebration.

La Virgen de Guadalupe serves as an inspiration for many. Drive down the streets of Oak Cliff and see her image on trucks, her statue on front yards, and even etched permanently as tattoo art. Men and women both, named Guadalupe, Lupe, or Lupita. Her influence on Mexican culture cannot be denied. She is not only a religious icon, but also a symbol of strength and hope for a people. "As a kid I ran away from my culture. Now I am rediscovering where I come from. It's like La Virgen is saying, you're the one that's been gone. I've always been here," states Marinca Calo-oy.

Cara Mia Theatre Co. was established as a nonprofit organization in 1996. Our mission is to broaden the definition, understanding and appreciation of the Latino culture by nurturing its roots, emerging artists, literature, and theatre.

This project is supported, in part, by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.

PLEASE CALL CARA MIA @ (214) 220.2443