Teatro Vivo presents Austin Latino New Play Festival

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Austin Latino New Play Festival
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The Austin Latino New Play Festival, presented in collaboration with ScriptWorks, unites playwrights and audience members in a conversation surrounding new works of Latino theatre. After each performance, the playwright participates in a talk-back session with the audience. The ALNPF features four new plays by playwrights from throughout the U.S., including a play for young audiences.


  • April 19: Festival kick-off celebration (7 pm) - Meet all the featured playwrights before the first staged reading of the weekend.
  • April 19: Atacama (8 pm) - Thirty years after the dirty war waged by the General Pinochet regime on the Chilean people. Two strangers search the Atacama Desert for their buried loved ones and discover there are darker truths awaiting them underneath the hard sands of the Atacama.
  • April 20: American (tele)Visions - The Canales family just can’t catch a break: The dad gets impaled with the TV antenna, the mom and Stanley the truck driver had run off with half their doublewide mobile home, the brother is dead and is reanimated by his gay Vietnamese lover, and Erica…Erica is a kids’ TV dinner tray with lots of sodium and dreams. You know, just your typical undocumented Mexican family living in the shadow of the first Wal-Mart in the history of the American Universe. Now please someone get them an HBO show. Elevator Pitch: “Estos Somos Nosotros” meets Super Mario NES. Contains adult language.
  • April 21: Dulce by Ramon Esquivel (3 pm)- A boy named Memo learns that his beloved Abuelita has passed away. Unsure of how to feel, Memo decides to find Abuelita’s hidden stash of candy. But his mother Luisa and older sister Ceci are too caught up in their own grief to help, so Memo turns to an unexpected ally in his search for the dulce: Abuelita herself! Memo journeys with Abuelita through her memories as a child in Mexico and a young immigrant in the USA, and he discovers that the true treasure Abuelita left for him is familia. A play for young audiences (ages 8+) and families.
  • April 21: Hielo (8 pm) - It is spring 2017 in Cayey, Puerto Rico. When Lucia’s hours at the local superstore are cut back, she decides it’s time to follow her dream of starting a homemade flavored-ice business. She enlists the help of her book-smart teenaged daughter, Alondra, and her resourceful best friend, Yamilet, but things heat up when the neighborhood piragüero feels that his livelihood is threatened. Lucia must consider what’s best for her neighborhood, her daughter, and herself.

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The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center
600 River St.
Austin, TX 78701