The Donkey Lady and La Lechuza haunt the Guadalupe Theater in new play “Ruby Reds, Big Birds y Burras”
Adapted from Marisela Barrera’s collection of linked short stories, “Ruby Reds, Big Birds y Burras” follows the journey of three Chicana masotas, La Burra or “The Donkey Lady”, “The Big Bird” of the Rio Grande Valley and “La Lechuza” half-owl half-woman legend of Mexico and the U.S.–Mexico Borderlands. In this Tejana Trilogy these urban legend archetypes are flesh, blood, and full of human and lustful desires. Big Bird haunts dead-beat fathers, Burra carries the burdens of her community through the visions she sees and Lechuza wanders between borders, never quite settling on one or the other. Written and performed by Marisela Barrera with live music by George Garza, Jr. Joining Barrera onstage are actors Janie Sauceda, Salvador Valadez, Holly Nanez, and Valentina Barrera. Designers include costumes by John McBurney, set by visual artist Michael Menchaca, lights by Chuck drew, and masks by Richard Solis.
Audience members who come dressed as their favorite Tex-Mex or Mexican legend, living or dead, real or fictional, will receive one complimentary drink.
Some Strong Language. Parental Guidance Suggested.
WHEN: August 4 -6 Fri / Sat at 8pm and Sun. At 3pm
WHERE: The Historic Guadalupe Theater
1301 Guadalupe St. SA,TX 78207
Tickets: $10 – $15 Discounts: AARP Members 25% off | Groups of 10 or more 25% off
Use Code: DONKEYLADY for website purchases and get 25% off
Call 210-271-3151 x 302 for Discounts
CONTACT: Joel Settles at email: [email protected]
Or Phone at 210.440.2753
Friday: John McBurney
Saturday: Nan Cuba
Sunday: Barbie Hurtado
ARTIST STATEMENT: “I write stories that deepen an understanding of Tex-Mex culture. The intended outcome is simple: to engage my vecinos with issues that unite us. This story cycle weaves a tapestry of experiences full of magic in ordinary life. I am particularly interested in capturing stories of gente who embrace the mythos of the Texas Borderlands. Gente whose stories resonate cross-culturally, but have been excluded from historical representation. I am Ruby Red and the Donkey Lady. It’s no surprise that I quickly gravitated to my youth and my homeland of the Rio Grande Valley for inspiration for my first collection of short stories. Each of these characters has a bit of each other, and me, in them.” – Marisela Barrera
Ruby Reds, Big Birds y Burras is supported in part by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the Ford Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts Grant Program. It is produced by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center with support from the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Written and Directed by Marisela Barrera