Borderlands Theater


Un Encuentro: Theater of the Borderlands/Teatro de la frontera

A new biennial, bilingual, and transnational theater festival

Tucson, AZ—October 30, 2013. Borderlands Theater announces partnership with El Círculo Teatral of Mexico City to co-produce Un Encuentro: Theater of the Borderlands/Teatro de la frontera. This new biennial, bilingual, and transnational festival will engage audiences on both sides of the border through new play commissions and development, as well as staged productions, play readings, and public forums in both countries.

Un Encuentro: Theater of the Borderlands/Teatro de la frontera is an initiative dedicated to cultivating artistic and cultural conversations, collaborations, and exchanges between Tucson, Mexico City, and beyond. The program will bring together a wide array of theater artists of varying backgrounds to engage and reflect upon theater practices, social justice themes, audience engagement, and our connection to the borderlands—geographic, sociocultural, linguistic, or metaphorical in nature. Through co-producing events in Tucson and Mexico City, hosting international artists in residence, and facilitating dialogue between the communities, this ongoing project will extend Borderlands’ capacity to engage audiences with exciting and innovative works with a global perspective.

The festival’s transnational creative team features Barclay Goldsmith (curator and producing director) and Eva Zorrilla Tessler (translator and associate producer) of Borderlands Theater, Víctor Carpinteiro (associate partner) and Alberto Estrella (associate producer) of El Círculo Teatral, Luisa Huertas (advisor) of the National Theater of Mexico and El Centro de Estudios para el Uso de la Voz, and Catherine María Rodríguez (new play dramaturg and festival archivist).


This season, Borderlands Theater plans a full production of two new plays and a series of readings as part of the first of the biennial festival Un Encuentro: Theater of the Borderlands/Teatro de la frontera. As part of the festival, El Círculo Teatral will offer a full production of La danza circular de María (starting November 29), followed by a staged reading of Trash at a later date (TBD).

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La danza circular de María / Maria’s Circular Dance by Medardo Treviño and Trash by Kara Hartzler

Mexico City: Directed by Víctor Carpinteiro.

Tucson: Maria’s Circular Dance directed by Eva Zorrilla Tessler. Trash directed by Marc David Pinate.

Borderlands Theater presents Maria’s Circular Dance by Medardo Treviño back-to-back with Trash by Kara Hartzler (of AZ: No Roosters in the Desert renown), performed back-to-back as the first full production of Encuentros in the Borderlands.

In Maria’s Circular Dance, Colombian migrant Maria and her kidnapper Angelito whirl into a frenzied dance near San Fernando, Tamaulipas, where dreams and reality, terror and courage dissolve. Then comes Trash: a female US Detention Center prison guard holds the fate of a male detainee in her hands as they see each other mirrored in the face of the other.

In Mexico City, performances of La Danza Circular de María begin November 29 at El Circulo Teatral. In Tucson, performances of Maria’s Circular Dance and Trash will be held February 13 – March 2, 2014. For reservations call 520-882-7406 (Tucson) and 553-1383 (Mexico City).


Tierra del Fuego / Land of Fire by Mario Diament, directed by Philip Bennett.

A docudrama based on a dialogue between an Israeli woman and the Palestinian man who attacked a bus she was on 22 years earlier. 7pm October 6, 2013 at Zuzi’s Theater (738 N. 5TH Ave)

The Criminalization of Knowledge by Milta Ortiz, directed by Marc David Pinate.

The untimely demise of the Tucson Unified School District’s Ethnic Studies program as told from various accounts. Ortiz is our playwright in residence this season, thanks to a grant from NNPN. 7pm February 16, 2014 at Zuzi’s Theater (738 N. 5TH Ave)

They Call Me a Hero by Guillermo Reyes, directed by Guillermo Reyes.

A new play about Daniel Hernandez, the intern who helped save Gaby Gifford’s life during the 2011 shooting in Tucson. 7:30pm February 22, 2014 at Zuzi’s Theater (738 N. 5TH Ave)

El Ausente / The Absent One

by Victor Hugo Rascón Banda, directed by Víctor Carpinteiro.

A dark comedy in Spanish: Cuando Papá se va a los Estados Unidos, ¿qué pasa con los que se quedan? 7pm February 23, 2014 at Zuzi’s Theater (738 N. 5TH Ave)

translated by Caridad Svich, directed by Leslie Miller.

A dark comedy in English: When Papá migrates to the US, what happens to those left behind? 7pm March 30, 2014 at Zuzi’s Theater (738 N. 5TH Ave)

Borderlands Theater

Borderlands Theater is a professional theater company recognized nationally and internationally for the development and production of theater and educational programs that reflect the diverse voices of the U.S. / Mexico border region. Although focusing on the Latino/Chicano/Mexicano voice as the core voice to nurture and support, Borderlands works interactively with all voices of the region. The “border,” both as physical and social landscape, is a metaphor for Borderlands’ work. The metaphor allows, invites and even demands, both a regional and an international understanding of what it represents. Border people, in the best sense of the word, are citizens of the world. Borderlands Theater is a member of the National New Play Network (NNPN), Theatre Communications Group (TCG), NoPassport, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC).

Borderlands Theater’s 2013-2014 Season is supported in part by the National New Play Network, the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture (Transnational Remittance Program), Arizona Commission Arts, the Tucson Pima Arts Council, and Borderlands Theater donors, big and small.