In the shadow of Dodger Stadium, two men arrive in the U.S. with big dreams... but no documents.
A bilingual, humorous journey in search of what it means to be "American." With a love of baseball, Tia Victoria's salsa recipe and the help of a talking truck, two cousins work day and night to make their taco truck the "Uncle Sam" of mobile restaurants. Will a contest to be "the most American food truck" at Dodger Stadium on the 4th of July prove to Immigration, Naturalization and Customs that they truly belong?
A deliciously funny bilingual play about immigration and the American dream.
Appropriate for ages 7 and up
In Spanish & English with supertitles
Written by Leon Martell, commissioned by 24th STreet
Directed by Debbie Devine
Featuring Jesús Castaños-Chima, Tony Duran, Davitt Felder
Jesús Castaños-Chima (Chepe)
Jesús is a former member of the Autonomous National University of México (UNAM) Theater Company. He started his acting career in Culiacán, Sinaloa, México with DIFOCUR Theater Group, directed by Jorge Cázarez and the Theater Workshop of the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (TATUAS), directed by Oscar Liera. During his 35 year career, he’s worked in plays, TV and films in Mexico and The United States. He has also participated in many international theater festivals. He was an Acting workshop coordinator for the International Latino Theater Festival of Los Angeles (FITLA) and Assistant Curator at Meet Me at Metro Fest. He is the Director of Latino Theatre Programs at 24th STreet Theatre, where he has directed La Infamia, El Jardín de los Reyes, El Ogrito (The Ogreling, Los Angeles Times Critic’s Choice), and La Víspera, among others. He also appeared in the acclaimed film Quinceañera (Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2006), as "Ernesto Chávez".
Leon Martell (Playwright)
MFA, playwright, actor, and director, whose plays include STEEL: John Henry and the Shaker, winner of two 2002 Ovation Awards, and who directed String of Pearls at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Martell’s work is performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, and he is a regular participant in the “Library Girl” fiction reading series. He is a recipient of the UCLA Extension Outstanding Instructor Award in Creative Writing.
Tony Durán (Panza)
Tony is a Mexican actor and trainer of Movement for the Actor. He attended the XXXI Workshop of the International School of Theatre of Latin America and the Caribbean (EITALC); He also participated in the workshops presented by FITLA (International Latino Theatre Festival of Los Angeles), where he has been trained in theatre, dance, and performance art from directors hailing from international art collectives. He performed in the solo works, El Hombre de las Suelas de Viento de Arthur Rimbaud and El Infame, based in the play La Infamia by Oscar Liera, both directed by Jorge Folgueira. He participated in Fábula de un País de Cera by Joel Cano, with Mexicali a Secas Company from Mexico and directed by Angel Norzagaray. He has performed on stages all over the United States. Among his latest works are: The Traveling Towers and Tsunami created by Jesus Castaños Chima and La Víspera by Victor Vazquez, all directed by Chima; and Walking the Tightrope by Mike Kenny, directed by Debbie Devine, Take this Waltz, a work in progress directed by Elia K. Schneider.
Debbie Devine (Director)
Debbie has been an award-winning theatre director and a respected leader in the field of arts education for over three decades. She has been the Chair of the Drama Dept. of The Colburn School of Performing arts for over 20 years, a frequent theatrical director with the LA Philharmonic and is thrilled to be directing in the gorgeous space that is Disney Hall. Debbie is the co-founder and Artistic Director of L.A.’s 24th STreet Theatre, which has created award-winning professional theatre and model arts education programs for thousands of students and teachers since 1997.
Debbie’s work as an actor has earned her three Drama-Logue Critics Awards, a Robby Award, an L.A. Weekly Award, LA Parent Magazine’s Best Westside Children’s Theatre Award, and the Women In Theatre Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Los Angeles Theatre. Debbie recently earned LA County Arts Commission’s Professional Designation in Arts Education, and is the recipient of the USC Rossier School of Education’s Innovation and Leadership Award, and won LA’s County Music Center’s Bravo Special Mention for her work in Arts Education. She is also the proud recipient of the Inspiring Women Award, presented by the LA Sparks and Farmers Insurance.
Davitt Felder (multiple roles)
Davitt is a musician, actor and writer. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon's school of drama with a BFA in acting. Last year he finished a three month run of the musical review of protest music he wrote and performed in called "ROAR, Rock On American Resurrection". Davitt is a lover of California History and so he is always so happy to be a part of 24th St Theatre and its growing place in the LA community's history. He believes in art as a social cause and that teaching and promoting empathy to kids is vital and important in this ever growing age of technology. He puts this into practice in his acting workshops for 24th Street Theatre and at schools around California and in his musical Therapy work with Alzheimer's patients. As a musician he has performed on behalf of Quincy Jones Productions and for Major League Baseball.