For 15 years, New Carpa Theater Co. has produced Latino and multicultural theater in Arizona, bringing thought-provoking new works to the stage such as American Pastorela: The Trumpifornication Tour.
New Carpa takes its name from “carpa”-tents: the itinerant and working class theater that was performed under canvas tents-carpas during the first half of the XX century, and where actors and comics such as Mario Moreno “Cantinflas”, Jesus Martínez “Palillo”, Fernando Soto “Mantequilla “and other personalities began their artistic lives.
In June 2017, New Carpa’s founder, journalist and playwright James E. Garcia, will debut a new play: 1070, about a mixed-status immigrant family’s trials and triumphs in the wake of Arizona’s “papers, please” law.
“The story is told through the eyes of a family, a DREAMer, her undocumented parents and American-born siblings,” says Garcia. “This is about men, women and children whose lives can be determined, sometimes destroyed, by the partisan whims of lawmakers who brag about the millions they plan to deport without regard for the human toll wreaked by our nation’s immigration policy.”
The production will run from June 23 to July 9, coinciding with the annual National Council of La Raza convention in Phoenix (July 8 to 11). Performances will be held at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix, herbergertheater.org.