Trio Los Machos
June 8, 2012 - July 8, 2012
At CASA 0101 Theater
CASA 0101 Theater proudly presents the world premiere of Trio Los Machos, written by Josefina Lopez and featuring the music of Trio Los Panchos. The play explores the themes of music, aging and friendship set against the backdrop of the Bracero guest worker program (1942-1964) between the US and Mexico. The story follows three young migrant workers who sing in the barracks to entertain their fellow field hands. Before long, their youthful drive and ambition enables them to make their living as musicians and leave the dreaded fields. However, as they grow older and their abilities and health begin to deteriorate, they become increasingly dependent on one another. Their proud machismo, which in the past helped them survive hardship becomes a barrier for them, forcing them to confront their vulnerabilities.
Based on the music of “Trio Los Panchos”, the play celebrates the magic of music while exploring a lesser known chapter of US History which has had a profound transformative impact on both sides of the border. The musical group “Trio Los Panchos” was formed in 1944, and their romantic and nostalgic boleros embodies like no other this period in history as well as the hopes, passions, pain and beauty of the Mexican experience.
Location: CASA 0101 Theater
Written by: Josefina Lopez
Directed by: Edward Padilla
Starring: Roberto Carlos, Larry Costales, Claudia Duran, Josh Duron, Roberto Garza, Henry Madrid, Jesus Martinez, Rocio Mendoza, Estuardo Munoz, Angel Perez, Antonio Perez, Adrian Quinonez, Gilbert Rodriguez, Andrea Santana, Miguel Santana
Producers: Rafael Calderon, Mercedes Floresislas
Graphic Design by: Gabriela López de Dennis | Soap Design Company
...its portrait of the trio glows with a deep and memorable sympathy... - LA Times
What a treat to hear the music as it's supposed to be... - Backstage
Trio Los Machos is an often beautiful exploration of the machismo and the corazón... - LA Weekly
There is so much music that it’s thrilling, lovely, and as much a part of this compelling story as the characters themselves. - Random Lengths News
[Josefina Lopez'] writing and [Edward] Padilla’s direction, along with the strength of their cast’s acting, make this a captivating evening. - Latin Heat Entertainment