November 16, 2007

The Party Never Stops! The REP Celebrates The Opening of Rick Najera’s SWEET 15 (Quinceañera)

The party never stops at the Lyceum Theatre! To celebrate the opening of Rick Najera’s interactive comedy SWEET 15 (Quinceañera), San Diego REPertory Theatre has set up a series of festive, performance-inspired events. This includes a special mixer with members of the local Latino business community, an intimate fundraiser for the Dorcas House and an exclusive theatrical SLAM performance by a few of the South Bay’s finest artists. The REP will also be hosting a mariachi performance by Maestro Jeff Nevin, an intriguing discussion on Chicano Theatre and a reception in celebration of the Grand Opening of the San Diego Latino Film Festival’s Visual Arts Exhibit. Admission to these surround events will be free of cost to those who purchase tickets to selected SWEET 15 performances (excluding the Dorcas House fundraiser).

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Cocktail Reception

Saturday, November 17, 6:30pm

Enjoy cocktails and light hors d’oeuvre while you network with the movers and shakers of San Diego’s Latino business community—a unique opportunity to meet and socialize with the present and future leaders of our region.

Dorcas House Fundraiser “Fiesta de Los Amigos”

Sunday, November 18, 6:00pm

Reception with the leaders of Dorcas House prior to the 7pm performance; post-show food, live music and drinks*

Proceeds from this fund-raiser will support the work of DORCAS HOUSE, an international non-profit organization which provides housing, food, education and protection for children whose parents are in La Mesa prison in Tijuana. Learn about the amazing work of Dorcas House before the show—and enjoy live music, tequila tasting, Mexican wines and food with the cast after the performance.

*Tickets to the fundraiser are $40, and include the performance of SWEET 15. Contact the box office at (619) 544-1000.

National City “SLAM” At SWEET 15

Sunday, November 25, 6:00pm

Discover the musical and spoken word talents of National City’s undiscovered stars of the future. Original performances from South Bay residents inspired by the themes of the play will take stage in the lobby in a full-on theatrical SLAM. Be amazed as emerging artists sing, dance and slam their own stories.

Maestro Jeff Nevin’s “Mariachi Garibaldi” Live In the Lobby

Wednesday, November 28, 6:00pm

Award-winning composer, musician and conductor Maestro JEFF NEVIN brings to the lobby his “Mariachi Garibaldi” ensemble from Southwestern College, the first school in America to offer a college degree in mariachi music. Grab a beverage, learn the history and inside perspective on this special form from the maestro himself, and enjoy some of the hottest mariachi music you’ve ever heard.

Sam’s Salon: “The Good, The Bad and The Controversial in Chicano Theatre and Quinceañaras in the 21st Century”

Thursday, November 29, 7:00pm

Join the REP’s Artistic Director SAM WOODHOUSE for an intimate conversation with two opinionated scholars who have much to say about the current state of Latino theatre and the socio-political arguments for and against Quinceañeras.

EVELYN DÍAZ CRUZ is a prize-winning playwright as well as an actor and director. An Assistant Professor in Theatre Arts at University of San Diego, she specializes in studies of Theatre of Diversity and Latino/a Theatre.

NORMA OJEDA teaches at San Diego State University and at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) in Tijuana. The author of over 30 books, Dr. Ojeda’s specialties include population and family, gender, fertility, and social change in the Mexico-United States border region.

“Quinceañara: No Rules” San Diego Latino Film Festival Visual Arts Exhibit ~ Grand Opening

Friday, November 30, 5:30-8:00pm Lyceum Galleries followed by a post-show party!

A “no rules” exhibit curated by the Latino Film Festival’s ANDY GONZALEZ. Twenty visual artists from the California’s will answer Gonzalez’ challenge: “Knowing the work of playwright Rick Najera, I could not ask for traditional images of a Quince.

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