Welcome To New Carpa Theater Co.
New Carpa Theater Company was founded in 2002 in Phoenix by James E. Garcia. The company is dedicated to creating Latino and multicultural theater works.
Our current attraction:
“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 email@example.com.
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.
Note: Additional performances of “The Mighty Vandals” in October and November TBA.
New Carpa’s Recent Productions:
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the *Culture Wars (*But Were Afraid to Ask) – Lunch Time Theater
Presented by New Carpa Theater
On the Kax Stage at the Herberger Theater Center: Aug. 6-15, 2013
About the Show:
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 Show:
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.
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
Performances took place over the course of the summer and fall of 2012.
Contact James Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.