Back in 2006, the brand-new Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble took OC's play-loving world by storm with its debut production: The Mexican O.C., a play produced from hundreds of hours of interviews with titans in Orange County's Latino community whom the regular history books had long overlooked. It had a month-long run to sold-out crowds--and hasn't been staged since.
That changes tomorrow at 6:30 p.m., when Breath of Fire head Sara Guerrero and cast members do a partial reading to kick off "Gustavo's Awesome Lecture Series," my monthly salon at the Fullerton Public Library.
The theater company has big plans for The Mexican O.C.'s fifth anniversary: recordings, a script, further stagings across Orange County, and sequels to the momentous play. Find out more tomorrow--I will introduce the reading, but the person conducting the interview with Guerrero and her gang will be Melissa Hidalgo, a professor of theater in Cal State Fullerton's Chicana and Chicano Studies Department (which is co-sponsoring the lecture series, and for which I lecture). The address is 201 S. Basque Ave., Fullerton; the phone number is (714) 738-3122. And the event is FREE. See you there!