Kristoffer Diaz's Welcome To Arroyo's Opens Sept. 30 in Old Globe Production | Playbill

News Kristoffer Diaz's Welcome To Arroyo's Opens Sept. 30 in Old Globe Production
Welcome To Arroyo's, Pulitzer Prize finalist Kristoffer Diaz's hip-hop-tinged play about a motherless brother and sister struggling to find their way, makes its West Coast premiere Sept. 30 at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre at The Old Globe in San Diego.

GQ and Wade Allain-Marcus
GQ and Wade Allain-Marcus Photo by Henry DiRocco

Previews began Sept. 25. The Globe will host the production through Oct. 31, and will then take the work to Lincoln High School Center for the Arts Nov. 6 and 7 as part of the Globe's Southeastern San Diego Residency Project.

According to Old Globe notes, "a Greek chorus of two hip hop DJs spin the tale of a brother and sister's search for their respective places in the world after the death of their mother. Alejandro is desperate to make Arroyo's the hottest lounge in New York to honor the memory of his mother, while Molly's desire to make her 'mark' as a talented graffiti artist is at odds with her new infatuation with a rookie cop. Their struggle to move forward is made even more uncertain as they discover what might be a secret about their mother that could change the very foundation of their lives and, possibly, the history of hip hop music."

Jaime Castañada directs a cast including Wade Allain-Marcus, Tala Ashe, Byron Bronson, Andres Munar, GQ and Amirah Vann.

The creative team features Takeshi Kata (scenic design), Charlotte Devaux (costume design), Matthew Richards (lighting design), Paul Peterson (sound design), Shammy Dee (musical direction) and Aaron Rhyne (projection design).

As part of the Southeastern San Diego Resideny Project, Lincoln High School will offer two free student matinees and two public performances, and Old Globe teaching artists will explore the play's story and themes with students in classrooms. Diaz was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Diety. He was one of the creators of Brink!, the apprentice anthology seen in the 2009 Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville. He is a playwright-in-residence at Teatro Vista, a co-founder of The Unit Collective, and a member of the Ars Nova Play Group.

Castañada directed the world premiere of Arroyo's at Chicago's American Theater Company in April.

The Old Globe is located at at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park, San Diego. Tickets can be purchased by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or online at

The cast of <i>Welcome to Arroyo's</i>
The cast of Welcome to Arroyo's Photo by Henry DiRocco

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