Into the Beautiful North

March 30 - April 23, 2017
(Opening Night: April 5, 2017) 

On the Lyceum Stage

Written by Karen Zacarias
Based on the novel by Luis Alberto Urrea
Directed by Sam Woodhouse
Scenic and Projections Design by Ian Wallace

Costume Design by Jennifer Brawn Gittings
Lighting Design by Lonnie Alcaraz
Sound Design by Kevin Anthenill
Compositions by Michael Roth
Dramaturgy by
 Danielle Ward and Vanessa Mendoza
Fight Choreography by George Ye
Assistant Direction by Patrice Amon
Stage Management by Chandra R.M. Anthenill


Cast:
Kenia Ramirez as “Nayeli”
Catalina Maynard as “Irma/Others”
Bryant Hernandez as “Tacho”
Lorena Martinez as “Vampi”
Javier Guerrero as “Matt/Others”
Xavi Moreno as “Angel/Others”
Jorge Rodriguez as “Atomiko/Others”
Herbert Siguenza as “Chava/Others”

All the men of the sleepy Mexican village of Tres Camarones have left town in search of fortune in the USA. Bandidos are threatening to take over the defenseless town. One night, 19 year old Nayeli watches “The Magnificent Seven” at the local cinema and has a flash of inspiration. She grabs her goth best friend Vampi and her gay confidant Tacho, and sets out on a quest of epic proportions – to find men in the U.S.A. and smuggle them back across the border to repopulate and protect her beloved town! And so begins a 1,000 mile road trip from the Pacific Coast of Mexico through the colorful streets of Tijuana to the climactic scene at the Bahia Hotel in Mission Bay, San Diego.

Playwright Karen Zacarías—who herself was born in Mexico and immigrated north as a young girl—has crafted this national bestselling novel into a fast-paced comical tale full of colorful characters that surprise and delight. Seen through the eyes of a daring young woman, “Into the Beautiful North” is a funny and heartwarming look at the dreams shared on both sides of the border.

 

                                                                   


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Karen Zacarías (Playwright) has written award-winning plays including “The Book Club Play,” “Legacy of Light,” “Mariela in the Desert,” “The Sins of Sor Juana,” the adaptations of “Just Like Us” and “How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent” and many more. She collaborated on the libretto for “Sleepy Hollow” and “Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises” for the Washington Ballet. The 2016 season saw world premieres of her plays “Destiny of Desire” at Arena Stage; “Native Gardens” at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; “Oliverio: A Brazilian Twist” at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and “Ella Enchanted: The Musical” at First Stage. She is one of the inaugural resident playwrights at Arena Stage and is a core founder of the Latino Theatre Commons. She is the founder of Young Playwrights’ Theater, an award-winning theater company that teaches playwriting in local public schools in Washington, D.C. Karen lives in D.C. with her husband and three children.

Sam Woodhouse (Director) co-founded San Diego REP with D.W. Jacobs in 1976, and has since worked as a director, producer or actor on more than 280 productions. As an actor, he has performed on The REP stages in “The Seafarer,” in the title role of “King Lear,” “Proof,” “Hamlet,” and with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra in the title role of Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat.” His recent directorial work with The REP includes: ”Manifest Destinitis,” “Rapture, Blister, Burn,” “The Oldest Boy,” “Violet,” “Oedipus El Rey,” “Honky,” “El Henry” (with La Jolla Playhouse), “Detroit,” “Venus in Fur,” “In the Heights,” “Federal Jazz Project,” “Clybourne Park,” “The Who’s TOMMY,” “In the Next Room or the vibrator play,” “Threepenny Opera” and “Water & Power.” In 2011, he directed “American Night: The Ballad of Juan José” for the Denver Center Theatre Company. In 2003, he was awarded the Patté Shiley Award for Lifetime Achievement by KPBS and the prestigious Alonzo Award by the Downtown San Diego Partnership. In 2006, he and Jacobs were honored with the Craig Noel Award by the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle for 30 years of artistic dedication to downtown and diversity.

 

 
 
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