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Las Nuevas Tamaleras        November 18       7  PM

Goodnight Middle School Auditorium


1301 N State Highway 123, San Marcos, TX 78666

Open seating admission prices are first come first serve.  Doors open at 6 pm.  Show begins at 7 pm.

Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos present the ironically hilarious bilingual comedy, Las Nuevas Tamaleras, Written and directed by playwright, Alicia Mena, a San Antonio native, Las Nuevas Tamaleras has played to sell-out audiences throughout Texas, New Mexico, California, and Colorado since its world premiere at El Teatro Bilingue de Houston in 1991.

This charming one-act play captures three Chicanas in an uproariously comical attempt at making tamales for the first time. The show erupts when the spirits of Doña Juanita and Doña Mercedes--two veteran tamaleras (tamale-makers) appear on the scene to invisibly guide the younger generation of women. The spirits’ “guidance” takes and unexpected turn, however, when the old tamaleras disagree on the proper way to make the perfect tamale. The new tamaleras blunder through the daunting task, frustrating their spiritual guides and delighting the audience.


ALICIA MENA (Doña Mercedes) After working with many of the major theaters in the Houston theater community for years, Alicia Mena relocated to San Antonio in 1993 where she worked at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center as writer, director and actor. In 1995 she founded Burras Finas Productions with the mission of staging an annual production of "Las Nuevas Tamaleras" which is included in an anthology of works by Latina writers published by the University of Arizona Press entitled "Puro Teatro. Ms Mena's full length comedy, "There Comes a Time" was developed and produced by Teatro Esperanza for the First Annual Festival Latino in San Francisco, CA. The play has also been produced in Houston at Stages Repertory Theater and at Talento Bilingue de Houston.

 RUBY NELDA PEREZ, (Doña Juanita) For over 35 years, Ruby, has worked professionally with several theatre companies; including Teatro Bilingue de Houston, El Teatro de la Esperanza; and a company member of Los Actores de San Antonio. Ms. Perez is well known for touring nationally with her acclaimed one person productions: Doña Rosita’s Jalapeño Kitchen, Doña Rosita’s Dia de los Muertos and A Woman’s Work. For more information on Ruby, please visit her website; .  “I am so happy to return with Las Nuevas Tamaleras, a play that has a special place in my heart!”

 PATRICIA ZAMORA (Sylvia)  Patricia has performed roles from Brecht to Sondheim. Some of her favorites include; Violet Weston in “August Osage County”, Ellie Banks in “Father of the Bride” and Sarah in “Company”. Patricia earned a BA in Theatre with an Acting Emphasis from St. Edward’s University. She has a myriad of experiences on stage; performing with Bill and Tek’s Excellent Theatre Company, marketing/fundraising at the Alley Theatre, teaching and directing theatre in public schools and community theatres and as an emcee. Her current project is her one-woman show; “Because We Were Poor.” You can follow her journey  by “Liking” her fan page “ZamoImpact” on FB.  Patricia is excited and honored to return for this year as part of the LNT family.  She thanks her wonderful husband Rick and children Xander and Chloe for their love and constant support.

 SONIA M. RODRIGUEZ (Josie) has been with Las Nuevas Tamaleras since 1993. She graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 1999 with a BFA degree in acting and theatre education.  Sonia has been acting professionally since 1987.  She currently teaches theatre arts at Pleasanton Jr. High and Pleasanton High School. She directs the UIL One Act Play for both schools.   She was named Pleasanton ISD teacher of the year in 2006-07, an honor she sincerely appreciates.  In 2007, Sonia graduated from Walden University with a Masters in Integrating Technology in the Classroom. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her niece, three nephews, family and friends.  Sonia would like to thank her parents, family, friends and the Tamaleras’ fans for all their love and support.
 KRISTINA KELLER (Patsy)  Keller is a founding member of Burras Finas Productions and has been a Tamalera since 1992.   Keller has played the lead in several productions of Mena's including the comedy, "There Comes a Time."  Kristina  attended The Houston International Theater School and has performed with the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Ballet as well as numerous films, commercials
and musical theater productions.