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Guerrilla Rep presents
My Tia Loca’s Life of Crime
When: May 17 - June 2 (Thurs through Sat) at 8pm
Where: Bindlestiff Studio, 185 6th Street, San Francisco
Tickets: $15 via Brown Paper Tickets, $20 at the door
When is it illegal for a US citizen to cross the border? Can one successfully impersonate a law enforcement officer? And just how do you go about beating an attempted murder charge? My Tia Loca’s Life of Crime answers all this, and more.
Guerrilla Rep is excited to present the world premiere of My Tia Loca's Life of Crime by Roy Conboy, Head of the SFSU Play Writing Program, Former Chair of the SFSU Theatre Arts Department, and an established Chicano playwright whose work has been produced by Mark Taper Forum/Taper Too, Teatro Esperanza and East Los Angeles Repertory. Directed by Guerrilla Rep Artistic Director John Caldon, whose work has been seen in the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival and 2009 National Queer Arts Festival, the show also features rocking live music played by Golda + the Guns.
My Tia Loca's Life of Crime blazes under the hot lights of a police interrogation, where a woman tells her story: how as a sheltered young Latina she fell in love in the late 60's, how she lost both her husband and daughter, how she searched for her daughter for decades till the past landed on her roof like a SWAT team.
At some point in life most of us learn the Beatles were wrong. Love is not all you need. Lola "Loca" Nino learned this lesson harder than most. As a child of Mexican immigrantsan abused mother and a father who grew violent by drowning in alcohol the pain of leaving homeLoca spent her childhood both discovering a new world and striving to create her own. This led to an intense romance with the son of a wealthy white socialite whose favorite accessory was racism. When this woman absconded with Loca's beautiful daughter at birth, and had her kidnapped and dropped in Mexico with no papers, Loca's life of crime began. From LA to SF to TJ and back, her story twists and turns with hilarious "crimes" focused one thing: finding the daughter stolen from her.
With Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's demonizing of Mexican immigrants and Presidential contenders pandering for the Latino vote, the state of Mexican-American relations continues to dominate headlines. While so much of this conversation tacks hard to one side or the other, there is a lack of work exploring where the two extremes overlap. Conboy's new play accomplishes just that. With wit, humor and dynamic storytelling, My Tia Loca's Life of Crime is both the comic tale of a mother and daughter's search for understanding, and a razor sharp critique of modern race relations.
"Conboy is regarded as one of the leading Chicano playwrights in the country."
-The Berkeley Daily Planet
Guerrilla Rep has produced six new plays in the last four years, including How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Lost My Virginity, a selection of the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival, and Strings, a participant in the 2009 National Queer Arts Festival. We are a Company-in-Residence at Bindlestiff Studio and fiscally sponsored by the Intersection for the Arts Incubator program.
My Tia Loca's Life of Crime features performances by Melvign Badiola, Brandon Bigelow, Kirsten Broadbear, Cat Callejas, Lainey Garrity, Matt Gunnison and Jonah Pavon. The production team includes stage management by Melissa Diaz-Infante, lighting by Julian Elstob, production by Kat Evasco, movement by Ryan Marchand, scenery by Tanya Orellana, production photography by Claire Rice, sound by Matt Stines and costumes by Alex Zeek.