Past Shows


Production History

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Detained in the Desert PosterDetained in the Desert

A response to the anti-immigrant atmosphere in Arizona and the rise in violence against Latinos fueled by extremist media, Detained in the Desert parallels two completely different people: Sandi, a second-generation dark-skinned Latina, and Lou Becker, an inflammatory talk show radio host, whose lives converge in the Sonoran desert in Arizona. For additional information and tickets, click Detained in the Desert.

img_pastoDevilsLa Pastorela del Cielo

San Diego’s longest-running professional theatre production, La Pastorela, returns to the REP for its 23rd season in December 2013. La Pastorela, by Dr. Max Branscomb and directed by William Virchis, is Teatro Mascara Magica’s (TMM) award-winning series of Mexican-inspired Christmas musicals that once again feature the timeless battle between Lucifer’s forces of evil and Michael the Archangel’s champions of goodness, set in today’s world of chaos and hope.

TMM and the Old Globe Theater developed and produced the first English language pastorela in San Diego in 1991. Written entirely in verse, like a yuletide Dr. Seuss story, La Pastorela is heralded as one of the Southwest’s premier holiday productions by theater critics and audiences alike.

La Pastorela is a contemporary twist on the traditional story of the shepherds’ journey to Bethlehem to witness the first Christmas. Called to action by Archangels Michael and Gabriel, the shepherds face temptation and danger from evil Lucifer and his nasty minions. La pastorela is a folk art form that dates back to the beginning of Christianity and is the tale of the shepherd’s journey to Bethlehem to witness the first Christmas. It is the B-plot of the nativity, a journey fraught with temptations, distractions and mortal peril as the devils try to prevent the shepherds from reaching their special destination. A traditional morality play full of choices and introspection, is presented with levity, music, beautiful costumes and poetic dialogue. A true multicultural experience, the bilingual script is performed primarily in English with beautiful Christmas carols sung in Spanish.



When Memo, a Latino angel, invites his friends back to Earth to visit his family’s altar, they have to break through dangerous Mictlan, the Aztec underworld.  Their perilous but uplifting journey leads them to confront the deadly Aztec Prince of Darkness, the evil Mictlantecutli.

Detained in the Desert (2013)

Let The Eagle Fly (2013)

La Pastorela de Creencia (2012)

La Pastorela de Valor (2011)

La Pastorela de Libertad (2010)

La Pastorela de los Padres (2009)

La Pastorela de la Nueva Era (2008)

La Pastorela de la Raza (2007)

La Pastorela de la Estrella (2006)

La Pastorela Noel (2005)

La Pastorela de los Inmigrantes (2004)

La Pastorela de Felicidad (2003)

La Pastorela Nacer de Nuevo (2002)

Gospel at Colonus (2002)

La Pastorela de la Luz (2001)

La Pastorela Divina (2000)

La Pastorela de los Pobres (1999)

The Weavers Song (1999)

La Pastorela de Paz (1998)

 CAT Tour: Tricksters (1998)

La Pastorela Nochebuena (1997)

CAT Tour: Mulha, Mulan & Marietta (1997)

La Pastorela Navideña (1996)

Children of Eden (1996)

La Pastorela de Soledad? (1995)

La Pastorela San Diego (1994)

La Pastorela Mágica (1993)

La Pastorela ’92: A Shepherd’s Play (1992)

La Pastorela (1991)

I Am Celso (1990)

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