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Our Lady of the Tortilla.

In one wild weekend, an Hispanic American family threatens to burst at the seams. The college-aged son brings home his WASPy girlfriend; his flamboyant mother goes off in mad pursuit of her straying husband, and the old aunt sees the face of the Virgin in a tortilla—turning their New Jersey home into a suburban Lourdes. "…There is nothing more hilarious than the sound of two cultures clashing in an American living room…the play piles ethnolinguistic puns on top of sight gags and camp lust so ecstatically you'd think you were back in TV's golden age." —Village Voice. "For all its farcical cleverness, this affectionate spoof…also manages to make some very sweet and serious points about the 'miracle of family love.' " —NY Post. "…revelations that dazzle and tickle at the same time." —NY Times.

The Cruz family is volatile even in the best of times. On this particular day, Nelson, the youngest son, enters the house in a panic to hide the more obvious religious relics from the sight of his "gringo" girlfriend, who is visiting for the weekend. Nelson's mother, Dahlia, is obsessed with retrieving her husband from his new girlfriend; Eddie, her elder son, shows up in a van with his failed life and pregnant girlfriend. But the "real" pandemonium is caused by sweet, long-suffering Dolores, Dahlia's old-maid sister, when she sees the face of the Holy Virgin in a tortilla. This miracle brings hordes of believers and reporters to camp out on the Cruz's lawn to await further miracles. As the family struggles with beliefs and conflicts, old and new, the endurance of family love is revealed to be the real miracle. In one wild weekend, an Hispanic American family threatens to burst at the seams. The college-aged son brings home his WASPy girlfriend; his flamboyant mother goes off in mad pursuit of her straying husband, and the old aunt sees the face of the Virgin in a tortilla—turning their New Jersey home into a suburban Lourdes. "…There is nothing more hilarious than the sound of two cultures clashing in an American living room…the play piles ethnolinguistic puns on top of sight gags and camp lust so ecstatically you'd think you were back in TV's golden age." —Village Voice. "For all its farcical cleverness, this affectionate spoof…also manages to make some very sweet and serious points about the 'miracle of family love.' " —NY Post. "…revelations that dazzle and tickle at the same time." —NY Times.

 

RECENT NEWS + PRESS

June 23, 2016 Ell Paso Playhouse opens 53rd season.  

June 23, 2016

Ell Paso Playhouse opens 53rd season.

 

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June 25, 2016 EL PASO PRIME TIME: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

June 25, 2016

EL PASO PRIME TIME: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

 

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July 30, 2016    EL PASO PRIME TIME: August: Osage County

July 30, 2016   
EL PASO PRIME TIME: August: Osage County

August 11, 2016 El Paso Playhouse puts on "August: Osage County"  

August 11, 2016

El Paso Playhouse puts on "August: Osage County"

 

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Auditions

 

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The Diary of Anne Frank

Book By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

 The Diary of Anne Frank is the dramatic true story of eight peoples' time in hiding in Amsterdam during World War II as told thru the eyes and words of the eloquent and buoyant, Anne.  The play begins the morning the Franks go into hiding and it chronicles the next two years' events in the tiny annex.  Through the journey taken by these people, we experience hope and despair and everything in between.  It is a story of humanity, the best of it, and the worst.  

Prepared One Minute Monologue Required

August 21 & 22

7 pm -9 pm


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