October 11 – November 6, 2022
Created, Developed, and Directed By: Modesto ‘Flako’ Jimenez
San Diego South Bay: Written and performed by Bernardo Mazon Daher
Welcome to Taxilandia: San Diego. With Sal as your host, this show is an intimate, multimedia experience – a car ride that immerses you in the sounds, sights and dynamic history of local neighborhoods in Sal’s dear South Bay San Diego.
Experience National City, Chula Vista, and San Ysidro from Sal’s backseat as he wrestles with the layers and questions that come when a neighborhood changes, confronting social stigmas and the realities of gentrification. Watch him testify to what is here now, how it came to be, and what can be here tomorrow.
Weaving a dramatic tapestry that interconnects generations, social classes, races and cultures, Sal’s Taxilandia: San Diego explores our notion of what it means to be a local, an immigrant, or a resident of a place; challenging us to answer: “What is my personal roadmap of home, and what are the footprints around us?”
This is the first time Taxilandia will be experienced in San Diego. Originally developed in Flako Jimenez’s own neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn, Taxilandia was inspired and drawn from his nine years driving a taxicab and his documentation of conversations with passengers, residents, locals, and immigrants to the neighborhood. The Oye Group now works with companies all over the country to develop local versions of the piece specific to each city.
Taxilandia: San Diego is an intimate car-ride experience, with 3 audience members in the backseat of a car per performance. The experience concludes with a trolley ride back to the 8th Street Station.
Meeting place: Audience will meet Sal for their ride at the 8th Street Trolley Stop, 8th Street Station, National City, CA 91950. Details will be emailed to ticket-holders.
Parking: There is a free public parking lot at the station. Please note in the map image (above) that there is also the option of free, public street parking nearby (Hoover Street being closest to the station) in case the trolley station lot is full.
Public Transit: If possible, you are encouraged to take the trolley to the show! The station is accessible via the Blue Line. Just check the schedule to give yourself time to arrive and check-in.
Restrooms: Public restrooms are available near the trolley station at Market on 8th (41 E 8th St, National City, CA 91950)
Duration: Approximately 120 minutes, including a ride on the trolley with fare included.
Safety: Masks are required for all passengers, and can be provided upon arrival.
Waiver: A waiver will need to be signed before beginning the experience. You may sign the waiver upon your arrival at the Trolley Station.
“Theatrical umami. If cab theater were a genre, Jimenez would have medallion-shaped awards.” — The New York Times
“In this show on four wheels, he ferries a small “pod” of back-seat passengers on an actual ride around the streets of his beloved and lamented neighborhood, hopscotching through centuries of hyper-local history.” — The New Yorker
“Taxilandia, with its hyperwealth of detail, anecdote, and poetry, does something quite different. It illuminates by jumbling; it reveals by piling up. It shows all the neighborhood’s lives superimposed at once, painted one on top of another.” — Vulture
“Sliding into the car, the smell of worn leather and memories lingered in the air… The engagement of all five senses, the visceral quality of it all, is what truly transports you.” — Broadway World
Oye Group is a Brooklyn-based Production Company that serves as an incubator for artists both local and immigrant to New York City. We present an eclectic mix of theater, dance, poetry, music, video installations and film, through festivals and productions. They curate work that sparks a dialogue over political and social issues critical to our community’s growth. They work with emerging artists to create, play, and grow in an environment that challenges and supports them. They also provide quality arts education programming that gives our Brooklyn Community the tools to generate forward-thinking art.
Bernardo Mazón Daher (he/him/his) is a border brat bred in the San Diego South Bay. He has been making theatre around the country in both premier, prestigious productions alongside grassroots, community-based projects. Bernardo has also organized for public health causes and voting campaigns in Hispanic communities throughout California. His work dovetails activism and art in pursuit of social progress. He has been a fellow amongst arts leaders around the Americas and founded a nonprofit for Latinx artists back home. He is currently working with the municipal government to activate a theater and production studio for the public. Bernardo is an all-around storyteller driven for advocacy, creating spaces where different peoples intersect to listen, learn, labor, love, and play together.
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