2022/2023 Season

Fandango for Butterflies
(and Coyotes)

En Garde Arts Production

August/September 2022 | Mandell Weiss Forum

By Andrea Thome | Original Music by Sinuhé Padilla

Directed by José Zayas

A group of Latin American immigrants gather in a community center in New York City for a fandango – a festive celebration where stories are brought to life through live performance, music and dance. The group bonds over the concern for their loved ones in the middle of their dangerous journey to the US and worry for their families left behind in their home countries. But amid the cheerful preparations and warm greetings of friends old and new, fears of a city-wide ICE raid permeate the party. Yet in the spirit of the fandango, their resilience and camaraderie grows as strangers become friends, friends become family, and the music plays on. Inspired by interviews with immigrants, this joy-filled play with music is a heartfelt look in to the lives of the real people behind the immigration headlines.


Cast & Creators
Image of Andrea Thome Andrea Thome Playwright

is a Chilean/Costa Rican-American playwright. Her play PINKOLANDIA, received the Lark Play Development Center’s Launching New Plays fellowship and a rolling world premiere at INTAR, Austin’s Salvage Vanguard Theater, Two River Theater (NJ), and 16th Street Theater (Chicago). For the Public Theater, Thome created TROY with Public Works’ ACTivate Ensemble. Her plays include UNDONE (Queens College, Victory Gardens, Lark), WORM GIRL (Cherry Red Productions). Her play translations have been produced by the Public, CTG, La Jolla Playhouse and others. Thome co-directs FULANA, an all-Latina satire collective, and has directed the Lark’s Mexico-U.S. Playwright Exchange Program since 2006. She’s a 2017 resident with SPACE on Ryder Farm and Keen Company, and was a New Dramatists resident from 2009-2016.

Andrea Thome Playwright
Image of Sinuhé Padilla Sinuhé Padilla Music

is a Mexican musicologist, producer, composer, and artistic director. As founder of Jarana Records, he has released productions for Sonia de los Santos, Adela y Lupita, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, Mireya Ramos, Shae Fiol, Veronica Valerio, Sonando Sur, Bilingual Birdies, and Jarana Beat. He has directed Jarana Beat, winner of Best Folk Contemporary Band at the Mexican Music Awards 2015 and has received recognition from NYC for his contribution to Latin culture. He served as music writer and producer for National Geographic, Mundo (Firmes), Storyhunter TV, and The United Nations. Sinuhé leads fandangos across the country.

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