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    Student Members' Responsibilities

  Folktale Shows - Some of the plays that Teatro has created from folktales:

Magic Forest

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A Fox's Tale -
Student Written!

    Student-Written Work

 dot   "The Vagina Monologues" by Eve Ensler - 2003 Cast:


Cast of 2003  

 dot  "Teatro Poetry Reading" Fall 2003:


Teatro Poetry  


ddot   "The Vagina Monologues" by Eve Ensler - 2004 Cast:


Cast of 2004




  Healing Stories, Fall 2004:


Folktale Cast


    The Carson Bridge Project

Inspired by Cornerstone Theatre, who did two workshops with our students, Teatro began and developed a "community-based" theatre production that started with interviewing residents of the local community.  We interviewed over 120 residents, and Carson funded a professional playwright, José Cruz González, to transfer these stories into a play, "A House Named Eden," which was then produced by the Theatre Arts Department in October 2006 with a 35-member cast that included Carson residents, Dominguez students, faculty, staff and alumni.

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Play Script by José Cruz González


    Rancho Dominguez (A Fourth-Grade Touring Show)

In collaboration with City of Carson, Teatro toured an original play, written by Bill DeLuca, that focused on the life that "Californios" lived in the 1840s in the South Bay.  This history play about Manuel Dominguez is narrated by the real-life "character," Fr. Patrick McPolin, who managed the Rancho Adobe Museum for thirty years.

 Play Script of "Rancho Dominguez" (copywright: Bill DeLuca)


    The Dominguez Bridge Project

With our second community-based play, we interviewed faculty, staff, alumni and students covering the history of our university from its origins in the late 1960s.  Two alumna company members, Brenda Killian and Naomi Buckley, created The Little College on the Hill, which revealed what makes Dominguez Hills a unique place.  The show performed at CSUDH Theatre Arts in October 2008.

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 Play Script by Brenda and Naomi



    The South Bay Bridge Project

- Everyman represents all of humanity, and is informed by Death, another character, that he must face his Master and present an accounting of his life.  Everyman pleads with the other characters: Kindred, Beauty, Strength, Discretion and Goods to go with him to his grave.  But the only one who joins him on his final journey is Goods Deeds.  The medieval message: We are only as good as the good we do. 

We wanted to interview people who do Good Deeds, so in 2008 we had story circles with people who work in community service organizations, ranging from Senior Citizen centers to those assisting victims of AIDS or domestic abuse.  We met many wonderful people.   After four drafts, we completed "Everyman, The Musical: The South Bay Bridge Project," and performed it for two weeks at the University Theatre in April 2009!


 Play Script by Bill DeLuca
Cast of Characters Page
Cover Page

    The Brenda Project

Drawn from interviews with breast cancer survivors in the South Bay, this play was inspired by the courageous battle against cancer made by our fallen colleague Brenda Arrieta Killian.  Written by fellow alumnae Naomi Buckley and Susan Thrasher, "For Then We Are Strong" is a story about finding strength and love even in the darkest moments.  A group of women wake up in a strange dream world. They learn about their futures and fates through flashbacks and conversations with each other as they are guided toward finding their true selves, by Mama, a kindly woman who helps each of them. Through vignettes, monologues and scenes we hear the story of seven women and their struggle with breast cancer and life.

 Play Script by Naomi Buckley and Susan Thrasher
Cover and Cast of Characters Page
  

   Project Harmony

Teatro was asked to interview women living in a domestic shelter in the South Bay in order to make a play out of the interviews and stage it at the university.  Thanks to student Melissa Riojas, Project Harmony was directed by Bill DeLuca for the University Theatre in Fall 2009.  The play served to raise awareness for the red flags in potentially abusive relationships, while also providing an event that offered healing to many.

Flyer for Project Harmony

  The Aquarium Project

Teatro was also approached by The Aquarium of the Pacific to create short plays to be performed on the main floor of the Aquarium, and interact with visitors!  Melissa Riojas went to Critter College and studied many forms of undersea life, and produced our Aquarium show, featuring sea slugs, moon jellies, sharks, and crabs who traveled throughout the sea exhibits, but on foot!  The show was done in the Fall 2012 semester by our Teatro students.

Script of the Aquarium Project       

  Coyotita: The Little Coyote   

As our touring folktale for Fall 2013 and Fall 2014, Naomi Buckley and Bill DeLuca wrote a musical children's show where the central character is a coyote who wants to help her dying Yucca plants.  With the help of creatures from land, sea and air, Coyotita travels around the world to get what she needs for her plants, and to save the environment from extinction at the same time!
 
Video of Teatro and Coyotita

Mariposa, the Butterfly        Teatro doing Coyotita



Script of Coyotita

coyotita
 

   Watershed: Teatro Tour for Fall 2015          

The Fall 2015 Folktale Tour has become a major work of educational children's theatre, as we took "Watershed" to fourth-graders in the Carson area, supported by the City of Carson.  The play follows Dotty, who is shocked to find no water in her pool, and learns from the Native-Americans on the missions and some mythical animal creatures that she can help others to become better stewards of this precious resource. 

Hoover Dam

The Script of "Watershed"


   Rancho Dominguez: Teatro Tour for Fall 2016          

In collaboration with Rancho Dominguez, the original home of the Dominguez Family, Teatro created a play about Manuel Dominguez and his family living on the 75,000 Spanish land grant, Rancho San Pedro, which later became all the cities of the South Bay area of Los Angeles.  The show was toured to local Carson schools and was designed with the course materials that fourth-graders were studying for their Social Sciences curriculum.  The play related a great amount of history about the Rancho and the Mexican-American War, but also followed one of the Dominguez girls in her ambition to ride in the rodeo, just like her brothers. 

Manuel Dominguez                              Rancho

The Script of "Rancho Dominguez"


    Family and Friends: The Student Playwright Festival: Fall 2017        
 
Teatro staged three plays written by students in the Playwrighting class from Spring 2017.  These plays focused on issues relevant to current teenagers, and brought a number of High Schools to see the performances on October 25 and 26 in the University Theatre.  The three plays chosen by our faculty committee provided a theme for the show: Can our friends really help us with the family pressures we experience during our school years?  Seventeen students from Teatro Dominguez provided the directors, actors, designers and technical staff for the show.  Feel free to read the script of the three one-acts, provided below.


The Script of "Family and Friends"


   The Teatro Pastorela: A Nativity Play by Naomi Buckley and Bill DeLuca      

Teatro  offered the local community a Holiday Treat in 2018 and 2019: The Teatro Dominguez Pastorela!  Directed by Faculty Members Kelly Herman and Naomi Buckley, with costumes and masks by Amber Vera, the show was performed by the students of Teatro Dominguez outside of Rancho Dominguez Museum, formerly the home of the Dominguez Family since the 19th century! A Pastorela is a centuries-old tradition in Hispanic countries that brings humor to the classic Nativity story.  The comedy of the Devil and his demons attempting to prevent the Shepherds from seeing the Christ child makes our Pastorela into something of a Marx Brothers farce.  However, history about Rancho Dominguez is also included, as the play was originally commissioned by the Rancho.  The play features Manuel and Engracia Dominguez, their daughter Victoria, as well as a talking cow! 

Click below to see the video:

Video of a Teaser made for Rancho Dominguez of the Teatro Pastorela

   A Fox's Tale by Arman Bryant: A Teatro Teaser!      

Due to COVID 19, Teatro filmed a shortened version of their touring folktale and sent it to local schools in Fall 2020.  The play was written by student Arman Bryant, and was designed for 2nd graders.  Instead, Teatro created a puppet play that young students could enjoy even at home with their family.  Teatro is planning to take the full face-to-face folktale to local Carson schools in Fall 2021.  Keep your fingers crossed!

The Script of Fox's Tale

You can view the teaser below:

A Fox's Tale Teaser

Teatro is in rehearsal now (October 2021) to bring the staged version of A Fox's Tale to local Carson schools in November.  LAUSD has permitted outside performances, so we will be touring the show soon!








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