Crystal City 1969

Artwork by Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo


Past Event

Location Info:

Latino Cultural Center
2600 Live Oak St.
Dallas, TX  75204
Cara Mía Theatre brings back this political tour de force just before the November elections. Written by Dallas natives David Lozano and Raul Treviño, Crystal City 1969 is based on the true story of Mexican-American students in south Texas who walked out of school and into civil rights and US political history. In 1969, students at Crystal City High School demanded that they be treated equally without prejudice. They were punished for speaking Spanish on campus, and forbidden to eat Mexican food in the cafeteria. They simply wanted what teenagers around the country wanted - to become a cheerleader, the homecoming queen, or a varsity athlete. However, these recognitions were almost exclusively reserved for non-Latinos while Latinos were punished for their culture. On December 9, 1969, student leaders Severita Lara, Diana Serna, and Mario Treviño led a walkout that transformed not only the local educational system but inspired their parents to run for political office. About an event rarely discussed in contemporary history textbooks, Crystal City 1969 is an example of American democracy at its best. Performed in English with some Spanish. Contains strong language. Crystal City 1969 is made possible with funding by The Latino Center for Leadership Development. The design team for Crystal City 1969 includes Jeff Colangelo (fight choreography), Frida Espinosa Müller (masks and puppet design), Kristin Moore (costume design), Mark Pearson (lighting design), S-Ankh Rasa (musician and composer), Kenneth Verdugo (set design). The cast includes Edwin Aguilar, Del Alan, Jose Armendariz, Natalia Cornejo, Manny Cruz, Dustin Curry, Frida Espinosa Müller, Alejandra Flores, Rodney Garza, Brad Hennigan, Paula Jimenez, Jackie Kemp, Alycya Magaña, Chris Ramirez, Xavier Rodriguez, Lisette Sandoval, Sophia Teyolia, Laura Watson, and Eddie Zertuche. Who: Cara Mía Theatre Co. What: Crystal City 1969 by David Lozano and Raul Treviño Where: Latino Cultural Center, 2600 Live Oak, Dallas Texas 75204 Dates: Opening Night: Saturday, September 24 at 8:00 PM (Reception at 7:00 PM) Preview Performance: Friday, September 23 at 8:00 PM Regular Performances: Sunday, September 25 at 2:30 PM Thursday, September 29 at 8:00 PM– Discount Night / Industry Night Friday, September 30 at 8:00 PM Saturday, October 1 at 8:00 PM Sunday, October 2 at 2:30 PM Thursday, October 6 at 8:00 PM – Discount Night Friday, October 7 at 8:00 PM Saturday, October 8 at 8:00 PM Sunday, October 9 at 2:30 PM Thursday, October 13 at 8:00 PM – Discount Night Friday, October 14 at 8:00 PM Saturday, October 15 at 8:00 PM Sunday, October 16 at 2:30 PM Tickets: Available online at or by calling the box office at 214.516.0706. Prices: General Admission: $18 Student, Senior, and Veterans: $13 Discount/Industry Nights: $13 Preview: $10 Opening Night: $25


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