American Mariachi

By José Cruz González, Directed by Henry Godinez

A Co-Production with Dallas Theater Center

Produced in associaton with Teatro Vista.

Presented in collaboration with the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance and Sones de México Ensemble

September 18 - October 24 in the Albert Theatre

Familia, amor and tradición are at the heart of this hilarious and heartwarming new comedy about the freedom to dream big. Lucha spends her days caring for her ailing mother, but longs to shake up her 1970s home life. When a forgotten record album sparks her mother’s memory, Lucha and her cousin strike upon a radical idea: to create an all-female mariachi band. Infused with live mariachi music, this “big-hearted, musical tug at the heartstrings” (Denver Post) reveals how music and love can make just about anything possible.

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Press Releases


September  24, 2021: *American Mariachi* Photos and Video Are Now Available 

September  3, 2021: American Mariachi Runs Sept. 18-Oct. 24

June 9, 2021: Announcing the 2021/2022 Homecoming Season

May 14, 2020: Goodman Theatre Postpones Remaining Productions in 2019/2020 Season

February 3, 2020: Casting Announced for School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play and American Mariachi

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Photos

American Mariachi

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    MariachiPro_1

    MariachiPro_1: (L to R) Víctor Pichardo (Musician), Giovanni García (Musician), Tiffany Solano (Lucha), Rodolfo “Rudy” Piñón (Musician) and Christopher Llewyn Ramirez (Ensemble) in American Mariachi by José Cruz González, directed by Henry Godinez at Goodman Theatre, September 18-October 24, 2021. Photo by Liz Lauren. 

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  • MariachiPro_2
    MariachiPro_2

    MariachiPro_2: (L to R) Tiffany Solano (Lucha), Lucy Godínez (Boli) and Gigi Cervantes (Amalia) in American Mariachi by José Cruz González, directed by Henry Godinez at Goodman Theatre, September 18-October 24, 2021. Photo by Liz Lauren. 

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  • MariachiPro_3
    MariachiPro_3

    MariachiPro_3: (L to R) Eréndira Izguerra (Tía Carmen) and Gigi Cervantes (Amalia) in American Mariachi by José Cruz González, directed by Henry Godinez at Goodman Theatre, September 18-October 24, 2021. Photo by Liz Lauren. 

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    MariachiPro_4

    MariachiPro_4:  Ricardo Gutiérrez (Federico) in American Mariachi by José Cruz González, directed by Henry Godinez at Goodman Theatre, September 18-October 24, 2021. Photo by Liz Lauren. 

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  • MariachiPro_5
    MariachiPro_5

    MariachiPro_5: (L to R) Tiffany Solano (Lucha), Molly Hernández (Isabel), Amanda Raquel Martinez (Gabby), Gloria Vivica Benavides (Soyla) and Lucy Godínez (Boli) in American Mariachi by José Cruz González, directed by Henry Godinez at Goodman Theatre, September 18-October 24, 2021. Photo by Liz Lauren. 

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  • MariachiPro_6
    MariachiPro_6

    MariachiPro_6: The cast of American Mariachi by José Cruz González, directed by Henry Godinez at Goodman Theatre, September 18-October 24, 2021. Photo by Liz Lauren. 

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  • MariachiPro_7
    MariachiPro_7

    MariachiPro_7: (L to R) Lucy Godínez (Boli), Amanda Raquel Martinez (Gabby) and Tiffany Solano (Lucha) in American Mariachi by José Cruz González, directed by Henry Godinez at Goodman Theatre, September 18-October 24, 2021. Photo by Liz Lauren. 

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  • MariachiPro_8
    MariachiPro_8

    MariachiPro_8: Bobby Plasencia (Mino) in American Mariachi by José Cruz González, directed by Henry Godinez at Goodman Theatre, September 18-October 24, 2021. Photo by Liz Lauren. 

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  • MariachiPro_9
    MariachiPro_9

    MariachiPro_9: (L to R) Amanda Raquel Martinez (Gabby), Gloria Vivica Benavides (Soyla), Gigi Cervantes (Doña Lola), Molly Hernández (Isabel), Tiffany Solano (Lucha) and Lucy Godínez (Boli)  in American Mariachi by José Cruz González, directed by Henry Godinez at Goodman Theatre, September 18-October 24, 2021. Photo by Liz Lauren. 

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  • MariachiPro_10
    MariachiPro_10

    MariachiPro_10: (L to R) Musicians Víctor Pichardo, Giovanni García, Zacbé Pichardo, Juan Díes and Rodolfo “Rudy” Piñón in American Mariachi by José Cruz González, directed by Henry Godinez at Goodman Theatre, September 18-October 24, 2021. Photo by Liz Lauren. 

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    MeasurePro_11

    MariachiPro_11: (L to R) Tiffany Solano (Lucha), Molly Hernández (Isabel), Amanda Raquel Martinez (Gabby), Gloria Vivica Benavides (Soyla), Christopher Llewyn Ramirez (Mateo) and Lucy Godínez (Boli) in American Mariachi by José Cruz González, directed by Henry Godinez at Goodman Theatre, September 18-October 24, 2021. Photo by Liz Lauren. 

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  • MariachiPro_12
    MariachiPro_12

    MariachiPro_12: Eréndira Izguerra (Tía Carmen) in American Mariachi by José Cruz González, directed by Henry Godinez at Goodman Theatre, September 18-October 24, 2021. Photo by Liz Lauren. 

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  • MariachiPro_13
    MariachiPro_13

    MariachiPro_13: (L to R) Amanda Raquel Martinez (Gabby) and Lucy Godínez (Boli)  in American Mariachi by José Cruz González, directed by Henry Godinez at Goodman Theatre, September 18-October 24, 2021. Photo by Liz Lauren. 

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  • MariachiPro_14
    MariachiPro_14

    MariachiPro_14: (L to R) Tiffany Solano (Lucha), Molly Hernández (Isabel), Amanda Raquel Martinez (Gabby), Gloria Vivica Benavides (Soyla) and Lucy Godínez (Boli) in American Mariachi by José Cruz González, directed by Henry Godinez at Goodman Theatre, September 18-October 24, 2021. Photo by Liz Lauren. 

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  • José Cruz González, Playwright
    José Cruz González, Playwright

    José Cruz González's plays include American Mariachi (Denver Center Theatre Company, Old Globe Theatre), Sunsets & Margaritas (Denver Center Theatre Company), September Shoes (Geva Theatre), Curious (Teatro del Pueblo), Among the Darkest Shadows (Wharton Center for Performing Arts), The Highest Heaven (Childsplay), The Long Road Today (South Coast Repertory), The Astronaut Farmworker (La Jolla Playhouse), The Magic Rainforest(The Kennedy Center). González has written for PAZ, the Emmy Award nominated television series produced by Discovery Kids for The Learning Channel. His plays have been published by Dramatic Publishing, University of Texas Press, Smith and Kraus, Inc., Anchorage Press Plays, Inc., Playscripts, Inc., Lion and Seagoat Press, and Dutton Children’s Books. González was a 2016 PEN Center USA Literary Award Finalist, 2015 Orlin Corey Medallion by the Children’s Theatre Foundation, 2012 Ann Shaw Fellowship by Theatre for Young Audiences/USA, 2010 Kennedy Center National Teaching Artist Grant, and is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He is a professor at California State University Los Angeles and a member of The Dramatists Guild of America and TYA/USA.  He is a Playwright in Residence at Childsplay (AZ).

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  • Henry Godinez, Director
    Henry Godinez, Director

    Henry Godinez (Director) is the Resident Artistic Associate at Goodman Theatre. His Goodman directing credits include Charise Castro Smith’s Feathers and TeethThe Sins of Sor Juana and Mariela in the Desert by Karen Zacarías; José Rivera’s Boleros for the Disenchanted (and world premiere at Yale Repertory Theatre); Regina Taylor’s Millennium Mambo; Luis Alfaro’s Electricidad and Straight as a Line; The Cook by Eduardo Machado; Zoot Suit by Luis Valdez; the Goodman/Teatro Vista co-production of José Rivera’s Cloud Tectonics and the 1996–2001 productions of A Christmas Carol. He also served as director of the Goodman’s Latino Theatre Festival. As an actor, Godinez appeared most recently in Goodman’s The Winter’s Tale2666 and the Goodman/Teatro Buendía of Cuba world premiere of Pedro Páramo, and at Writers Theatre in the title role of Quixote: In the Conquest of SelfHe has also appeared on television in Chicago PD, Above the Law, The Beast, The Chicago Code, Boss and Chicago Fire. Co-founder and former artistic director of Teatro Vista, Godinez is the recipient of the 1999 Theatre Communications Group Alan Schneider Director Award, the Distinguished Service Award from the Lawyers for the Creative Arts and was honored as the 2008 Latino Professional of the Year by the Chicago Latino Network. Born in Havana, Cuba, Godinez is a professor at Northwestern University and serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Arts Council.

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