Mexican-American Family Values Emerge in Denver World Premiere, Sunsets and Margaritas

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Denver Center Theatre Company, the Tony Award-winning regional theatre that likes to spike its seasons with new American plays, launches the world premiere of José Cruz González's Mexican-American family portrait, Sunsets and Margaritas April 3.
Sunsets and Margaritas stars Ricardo Gutierrez and Romi Dias
Sunsets and Margaritas stars Ricardo Gutierrez and Romi Dias Photo by Terry Shapiro

Nicholas C. Avila directs. Opening is April 9 in DCTC's Ricketson Theatre. DCTC-commissioned playwright González traveled to Denver and Pueblo, CO, in September 2006 to talk with Colorado Latino groups. According to DCTC, he found four topics that came up repeatedly in his conversations: family, food, music and ritual. The themes of middle-age crisis and aging parents also surfaced, fueling the new play.

In Sunsets and Margaritas, "Three generations of a Mexican-American family are plunged into one hilarious crisis after another when patriarch Candelario Serrano begins to lose control of his restaurant and his family. Candelario's traditional conservative values have been abandoned by the family's younger generation and the appearance of a mysterious vision sends everyone spinning comically out of control. At the heart of Sunsets and Margaritas is 'family' — the Serrano family's reexamining of their beliefs while emerging stronger."

The production designers created the interior of Serenata Colorado Restaurant and Cantina. The team includes scenic and costume designer Sara Ryung Clement, lighting designer Jane Spencer and sound designer Morgan A. McCauley.

The dramaturg is Douglas Langworthy.

The cast includes Romi Dias as Virgin de Guadalupe/La Soldadera/La Llorona/Olivia Serrano, Ricardo Gutierrez as Candelario Serrano, April Ortiz as Luz Serrano, and, making their Denver center debuts, Sol Castillo as Jojo Serrano, Sarah Nina Hayon as Gabby Serrano, Philip Hernandez as Gregorio Serrano, Bryant Mason as Sheriff Hubert Montoya and Jamie Ann Romero as Bianca Carrillo.

For more information, visit www.denvercenter.org.

Ricardo Gutierrez in <i>Sunsets and Margaritas</i>
Ricardo Gutierrez in Sunsets and Margaritas Photo by Terry Shapiro
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