New Carpa Theater Co. in conjunction with The Miami (Arizona) Sports Hall of Fame, presents a special limited performance of The Mighty Vandals at Phoenix College.
The Mighty Vandals
Written by James E. Garcia and directed by Barbara Acker
Three years before the Supreme Court banned segregation in public schools, The Mighty Vandals, a team of mostly Mexican-American teens in the rural mining town of Miami, Arizona, go undefeated and clinch the state basketball championship. Miami is the kind of place folks usually leave if they want to make it big. Not in 1951.
Thursday, October 29 and Friday, October 30
A talkback with an expert panel, including former team members, will occur after each one-hour performance.
Phoenix College ~ John Paul Theatre
1202 W. Thomas Road (15th Avenue and Thomas)
$12 general admission at the door, $10 for all students with student ID, and $8 for children under 12
Discounted tickets for general admission and children under 12 will be available via showup.com beginning October 21st.
About the Playwright:
James E. Garcia was born in Chicago, IL.. He is a journalist, playwright, university professor and media consultant. After nearly 18 years in journalism, he decided he wanted to learn the craft of playwriting and entered the Creative Writing Program at Arizona State University. He's been writing plays since, including The Crossing, which won the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival's national 10-minute play competition in 2003.
About New Carpa Theater Co.:
New Carpa Theater Co. (formerly Colores Actor Writers Workshop) and its resident playwright and producing artistic director, James E. Garcia, takes inspiration from the dramatically engaging but often untold stories about the Latino community and other communities of color. The company's first production in Phoenix, American Latino Redux (Herberger Lunch Time Theater series, 2002), was a satirical look at the American Latino community in the United States. Other works by New Carpa include: Voices of Valor (Gammage Auditorium, 2006); Dream Act (Playhouse on the Park, 2008); A Boy Named Cesar (Herberger Lunch Time Theater, 2009); The Tears of Lives (Playhouse on the Park, Aug. 2009). Current and upcoming productions include: The Mighty Vandals (Lunch Time Theater, Sept. 2009) and American Pastorela: The Saga of Sheriff Joe (Third Street Theater). For more information, visit www.newcarpa.org