August 30 – September 25, 2022 | Mandell Weiss Forum
By Andrea Thome | Original Music by Sinuhé Padilla
Directed by José Zayas
Fandangos are vibrant gatherings in which music and dance bring stories of a community to life. For a group of immigrants gathering in a community center on the eve of a city-wide ICE raid, this night’s fandango serves a vital purpose: to resurrect the culture they left behind. Inspired by interviews with immigrants from Latin America – many of whom made a dangerous journey to the United States – Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) is a celebration of the resiliency and camaraderie that can be built as strangers become friends, friends become family, and the music plays on. This “rapturous” and “riveting“ new play is a “sensitive portrait of the in-between: characters balancing the small joys of everyday life with the fear of uncertainty” (The New York Times). Descripción en Español
Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) is performed in English and Spanish, with live supertitles making it fully accessible to speakers of both languages. For optimal view of the supertitles, we recommend purchasing seats in Rows A through E.
Join us after the show!
Audiences are invited to participate in an informal fandango celebration with cast members outside the theatre following each performance. Be sure to stop by and enjoy the festivities!
“Funny and heartfelt…This talented ensemble brings their joys, challenges, and sadness vibrantly to life through acting, singing, and dancing…” — BroadwayWorld
“Una reflexión de los sueños y temores de los migrantes” — LA Times En Español
“Vibrant, heart-pounding and moving songs and music… A deeper, more nuanced look at the immigrant experience…” — The San Diego Union-Tribune
“The characters are identifiable, likable and well played… Bravo to all.” — San Diego Stage and Screen
Tuesday, Sept 27 | Del Lago Academy Theater*
Wednesday, Sept 28 at 3:00 pm | Southwestern College Performing Arts Center
900 Otay Lakes Road | Chula Vista | 91910
Thursday, Sept 29 at 6:00pm | The FRONT Arte & Cultura
147 W San Ysidro Blvd.| San Diego | 92173
Friday, Sept 30 | El Camino HS*
Saturday, Oct. 1 at 6:30pm | City Heights Performance Annex
3795 Fairmount Ave | San Diego | 92105
Sunday, Oct. 2 at 2:00pm| Young Actor’s Theatre
9620 Campo Road | Spring Valley | 91977
ACCESS performances offer American Sign Language interpretation for patrons who are d/Deaf or hard-of-hearing and Audio Description for patrons who are blind or have low vision. Inquire with Patron Services for available ACCESS subscription series (858) 550-1010.
Complete ticket flexibility! Purchase tickets today and if for any reason you cannot attend on your performance date, call Patron Services to discuss options such as exchange, refunds, gift certificates.
Approximate run time: 95 minutes, no intermission
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
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.Sinuhé Padilla Music
has directed over 100 productions in NYC, as well as regionally and internationally. Credits include: THE MAGNETIC FIELDS: 50 SONG MEMOIR (BAM, Mass MoCa, US and European Tour), A Nonesuch Celebration (BAM), IN THE NAME OF SALOME, AUNT JULIA AND THE SCRIPTWRITER, THE HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS (Repertorio Español). He has premiered work by Caridad Svich, Thomas Bradshaw, Duncan Sheik, Taylor Mac, Andrea Thome, Marco Antonio Rodriguez, Saviana Stanescu, Rob Urbinati, Catherine Filloux, Gerardo Cardenas, among others. Drama League Fellow, Lincoln Center’s Director’s Lab, SoHo Rep Writers/Director’s Lab, NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors, lifetime member of EST, Resident Director: Repertorio Español. Born in Puerto Rico, Zayas graduated from Harvard and Carnegie Mellon.José Zayas Direction
creates, produces and presents bold theatre experiences that reach across artistic, physical and social boundaries. They aim to increase empathy and open-mindedness by illuminating nuanced perspectives and unspoken truths behind the salient issues of our time. By bringing together artistic teams with non-arts partners from the outset, and merging seasoned theatre-goers with new audiences, En Garde Arts sparks dialogue among people not normally in conversation, both in New York and beyond.En Garde Arts
The Mandell Weiss Forum is a 400-seat thrust stage theatre, with audience members surrounding the stage on three sides.
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Los fandangos son reuniones muy alegres en los que la música y la danza dan vida a las historias de una comunidad. Para un grupo de inmigrantes que se reúnen en un centro comunitario en la víspera de una redada de los agentes de ICE por toda la ciudad, el fandango de esa noche tiene un propósito muy importante: recuperar la cultura que dejaron atrás.
Inspirado en entrevistas con inmigrantes de Latinoamérica, muchos de los cuales hicieron un peligroso viaje para llegar a los Estados Unidos, Fandangos para mariposas (y coyotes) es una celebración de la resiliencia y la camaradería que se puede construir cuando los extraños se vuelven amigos, y los amigos se vuelven familia, mientras la música sigue sonando.