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Friends of New Carpa Theater, Black Poet Ventures,

Please note that Aug. 15 and 16 benefit performances of “Lost Boys Found” for the Lost Boys Center for Leadership Development are postponed until further notice. More details coming soon. New Carpa Theater apologizes for any inconvenience.





Recent Productions:

The Mighty Vandals

Written by James E. Garcia

Directed by Janet Arnold

Oct. 26-27, 2013

The performances in Miami of The Mighty Vandals are Saturday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 27, 2 p.m. at the auditorium of Miami High School, 4739 South Ragus Road, Miami, AZ

For ticket information, call 623-252-2772 or email info@newcarpa.org.

About the play:

The undefeated Mighty Vandals of Miami, AZ won the 1951 state basketball championship, breaking nine national and 18 state records along the way. The team’s players were unlikely hoop champs. Three years before the U.S. Supreme Court ended school segregation, the squad of mostly Latino teens were local celebrities by day but by night they returned to their poor, segregated neighborhoods where at the local YMCA they weren’t allowed to use the swimming pool, except on Sundays, the day the pool was drained. Still, they triumphed. This new play by James E. Garcia tells an all-too-true story from the not so distant past.













This production is part of the CALA Alliance 2013 International FestivalVisit Calaalliance.org for details about other productions and events taking place during this year’s festival.


 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the *Culture Wars (*But Were Afraid to Ask) – Lunch Time Theater

Presented by New Carpa Theater Co.
On the Kax Stage at the Herberger Theater Center: Aug. 6-15, 2013
About the Play:

Playwright-actor-journalist-professor and hyperbolically-hyphenated American Latino James E. Garcia is a self-described “peace loving, flaming, liberal, independent, culture war mercenary” who, like Rodney King, just can’t help but ask: “Can we all just get along?” Garcia ponders that and more in this fast-paced, farcically surrealistic satire (whatever that means) about the rapidly changing makeup of U.S. society.



Arizona Pastorela: Mission to Mars - Nov. 30-Dec. 9, 2012

Phoenix Little Theatre, 100 East McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ













About the Play:

This is a raucous romping multi-ethnic satire. The Hernandez family hears about the birth of Christ and decides to walk to Phoenix to catch the light rail to Bethlehem. On the way, things get wacky. Sheriff Joe’s posse goes to Mars seeking evidence President Obama is really an alien. Tom Horne is giving his deputy attorney general a deposition (get your mind outta the gutter). Clint Eastwood is talking to chairs. Big Bird is talking to Clint Eastwood. Gov. Brewer is talking to headless immigrants. The ghost of Bin Laden is talking smack about Mitt Romney on a subterranean version of Comedy Central’s Comedy Roast. Hey, it could happen!


American Dreamer: The Life and Times of Raul H. Castro

An Original play by James E. Garcia /  Directed by Richard Schultz 
Raul H. Castro came to the U.S. during the Mexican Revolution. Now 97, he’s been a farm worker, boxer, teacher, lawyer, judge, U.S. Ambassador to three nations, and in the 1970′s he served as Arizona’s only ever Hispanic governor. American Dreamer is the true story of a living legend.
    • Oct. 20, 2012 in Flagstaff, AZ – Coconino High School
    • Oct. 26-28, 2012 in Phoenix, AZ – Playhouse on the Park
    • Nov. 4, 2012, Nogales, AZ – Nogales High School


Ruth Lara Vichules

She Knows From Nothing/De nada sabe – Lunch Time Theater

Produced by New Carpa Theater
The Kax Stage
Aug 07, 12 – Aug 16, 2012

Ruth Lara Vichules first traveled to México thirty-three and a half years ago and nothing for her has ever been the same. There was more music in her life that year than ever before; the music of people’s love for one another, the music of words joined to melody, the music of discovery. Captivated and consumed, she set out to “desengañarse – to see for herself – what México and its music were all about. These are some of the songs and stories she found.



Performing Justice, A short-play Festival

Dolores Huerta

Performances took place over the course of the summer and fall of 2012.

Contact James Garcia at info@newcarpa.org or 623-252-2772 if you would like us to perform this festival for your organization or special event.

New Carpa has selected the following 10 plays as part of this year’s rolling festival.

  • Kal El at the Border by Alejandro Sanchez Vega – Featuring Raynell Gonzales (customs agent) and Mike Van Liew (Superman). – Directed by James E. Garcia
  • Joe Meets La Virgen by Stella Pope Duarte – Featuring James Rivas (Sheriff Arpaio) and Anna Flores (La Virgen de Guadalupe) – Directed by Raynell Gonzales
  • Los Pereas de la Brocha Gorda – Written and directed by Masavi Perea and featuring Masavi Perea (Caralampio), Angel Mendoza (Chupacabras) and Mateo Perea (Juan Orejas) – Directed by Masavi Perea
  • Executive Order by Hal Corley – Featuring Andrew Valenzuela and James Rivas – Directed by Mike Van Liew
  • Radio Dream Act by James E. Garcia – Featuring Alejandro Sanchez Vega, Anna Flores and Masavi Perea (offstage voice) – Directed by James E. Garcia.
  • Minnie in the War by James E. Garcia – Featuring Marcella Grassa (Minnie Castillo), Deborah Weissman Ostreicher (Mrs. Wilcox) and Nikki Hicks (office worker) – Directed by Nikki Hicks
  • Home Again by James E. Garcia – Featuring Andrew Valenzuela and Mike Van Liew – Directed by Alejandro Sanchez Vega
  • Dear Mr. Obama by James E. Garcia – Featuring Masavi Perea (Regino), Anna Flores (Carla) and Zach Allen (Danny). – Directed by Alejandro Sanchez Vega
  • In the Name of Things We Need by Alice Stanley – Featuring Willa Eigo (Akhila), Marcella Grassa (woman). – Directed by Alejandro Sanchez Vega
  • Dancing on Air by Patricia Bonn ­– Featuring Masavi Perea, James Rivas and Mike Van Liew – Directed by Cat Hartmann

Performances to date have included: Unitarian National Assembly Justice Conference (June 2012), Puente Underground Library Celebration (June 2012), Boys & Girls Club of Guadalupe, AZ (June 2012), Aguila Youth Leadership Summer Institute (July 2012), Puente Fundraiser for Undocubus (July 2012), UNIDOS Fundraiser to reinstate the Mexican American Studies program at Tucson Unified School District (July 2012).

The plays presented include 5- to 10-minute stage plays, monologues, play excerpts and performance pieces inspired by the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement, the United Farm Workers Union (which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year), and contemporary social justice and human rights issues.