Teatro Palo Alto

Teatro Palo Alto is the producing arm of the Palo Alto College drama program. There are four shows per season, with two shows during the fall semester and two in the spring. The department operates out of two theatre spaces: a 400-seat auditorium and a 100-seat black box theatre.

Teatro Palo Alto strives to create high quality theatre experience for the bilingual, multicultural community in South San Antonio. Diversity, including gender, is also a cornerstone to our vision, with at least half of the productions each season being written by women. It is crucial for the health of the community to see itself represented in popular culture and the arts. Teatro Palo Alto seeks to bridge the representation chasm that exists in the arts.

 

Spring 2020

Blood Wedding

By Frederico García Lorca

In a small rural village in Spain, a son has decided to marry a young woman from a neighboring village. However, the bride is secretly still in love another man. The wedding goes on and the guests start arriving, all while the bride is struggling with inner turmoil: can she be content in her choice of groom or will she be magnetically pulled to her other love, the enemy’s son? Secrets are revealed and choices are made that create chaos and havoc on the wedding day. Will the bride and groom end up together? Will the enemy prevail? How much blood will be spilled, and is it fate or is it chance? Blood Wedding is a beautiful balance of traditional romantic tropes and unconventional circumstances mixed with a little magic.

Performances
Thursday, Feb. 27 – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 29 – 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 1 – 2 p.m.
Monday, March 2 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 4 – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 5 – 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 7 – 2 p.m.
Sunday, March 8 – 2 p.m.

Performing Arts Center Auditorium

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Decolonizing Dance: Celebrating Bodies of Color

The Palo Alto College dance program and Teatro Palo Alto invite the international community of dancers and scholars to its first annual dance festival, bringing together artists who live and work on the margins of dance and movement. We welcome dance professionals who are Black, Indigenous, or of color to submit work that will contribute to a dynamic conversation on decolonization and dance. Submit performance proposals to pac-danza@alamo.edu.

Thursday, April 30-Saturday, May 2 

"We learn and transmit knowledge through embodied action, through cultural agency, and by making choices. Performance, for me, functions as an episteme, a way of knowing, not simply an object of analysis... If performance did not transmit knowledge, only the literate and powerful could claim social memory and identity." – Diana Taylor, The Archive and The Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas

 


 

Endgame

By Samuel Beckett

Set in a bare, partially underground room, serving as shelter for the four characters: Hamm the master, Clov his servant, and Hamm's father and mother, Nagg and Nell (who live in garbage cans). Hamm, confined to a wheelchair makes Clov move him around the room, fetch objects, and look out the window for signs of life. Outside all seems dead and nothing happens. Inside, the characters pass the time mortifying each other and toying with fears and illusions of a possible change, all along sensing the inevitability of their end.

A pinnacle of Beckett's characteristic raw minimalism, Endgame is a pure and devastating distillation of the human essence in the face of approaching death. Endgame, originally written in French and translated into English by Beckett himself, is considered by many critics to be his greatest single work. Samuel Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969; his literary output of plays, novels, stories and poetry has earned him an uncontested place as one of the greatest writers of our time.

Performances
Thursday, May 14 – 6 p.m. 
Friday, May 15 – 6 p.m. 
Saturday, May 16 – 6 p.m.

Performing Arts Center Black Box Theatre


 

Fall 2019

Under the Mango Tree

By Carmen Rivera

This coming-of-age play follows Lena, a 12-year-old tomboy sent to live with her strict, superstitious grandmother in the mountains of Puerto Rico after her parents’ divorce. She spends her days playing basketball with the local kids and unraveling the mystery of the poisoned mango tree on her grandmother’s property. As Lena uncovers clues to the decades-old local myth, she comes to realize the truth cuts deeper than she could ever know. Under The Mango Tree employs magical realism to expertly explore family, history, and adolescence.

Performances
Thursday, Oct. 10 – 6 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 11 – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 12 – 6 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 14 – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 17 – 4:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 18 – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 19 – 6 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 20 – 2 p.m.

Performing Arts Center Black Box Theatre (PERF 171)


 

Mariachi Girl

By Roxanne Schroeder-Arce

Ten-year-old Carmencita dreams of being in her father’s Mariachi band, but he insists that mariachi groups can only include men. When Carmencita reads a book about a famous female mariachi, it expands her world and her notion of what is possible. As an uplifting bilingual family performance full of vibrant original mariachi music, Mariachi Girl explores how one girl can challenge her identity in a modern society while embracing her rich heritage. 

Performances
Thursday, Nov. 14 – 10 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 15 – 10 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 16 – 6 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 21 – 10 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 22 – 10 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 23 – 6 p.m.

Performing Arts Center Auditorium


 

Past seasons

Teatro Palo Alto launched its inaugural season of stage performances in 2016. 

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Box Office 

Child, senior, and student discounts are available. Tickets may be purchased online when available. For tickets and more information, please call the Box Office at 210-670-6670. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.