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so go the ghosts of méxico, part three,
‘a poet sings the daughter songs’

By Matthew Paul Olmos

Previews April 11 and April 12, 2019 at 7:30 PM

Opening Night Saturday – April 13, 2019

April 11 – May 5, 2019

Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm

Directed by Katherine Owens and Danielle Georgiou

so go the ghosts of méxico, part three, ‘a poet sings the daughter songs will be the centerpiece production of the Whither Goest Thou America Festival. This is the final installment in this three-play cycle exploring the U.S./México drug wars. A young Méxican couple get caught up in the web of the drug trade between the two countries, changing their lives forever. But is their ordeal what it seems or a mirage of disinformation created by unseen forces? Somewhere between truth and illusion a mother from México searches for her missing daughter. The third part of Matthew Paul Olmos’s daring and poetic trilogy explores the human struggle of the US/México drug wars and the shadowy forces which create the market and distribution system shaping the world on both sides of the border.

GUIDE so go the ghosts of méxico, part 3

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Barbie Bernier

Gigi Cervantes
a good woman

Kristi Funk Dana
the sales lady

Omar Padilla


Matthew Olmos

Matthew Paul Olmos

Katherine Owens -director

Katherine Owens 

John Arnone

John Arnone
Set Design

Amanda Capshaw
Costume Design

April Guthrie

Linda Noland
Properties Design

Steve Woods
Lighting Design

Danielle Georgiou

Whither Goest Thou America:
A Festival of New American Play Readings

Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?”

-Jack Kerouac, from On the Road

 The Festival runs from April 11 through May 12, 2019

Undermain presents a series of readings of new plays examining the current American Landscape. Each week of the series will focus on a different playwright and play with staged readings by an ensemble cast. Audiences will have the opportunity to return each week of the series to experience a new work examining the American experience and asking the question, “Where are we going?”

Red Chariot

A new play by Gordon Dahlquist

Two staged readings. Wednesday, April 17th and Thursday April 18th at 7:30 pm

Author in attendance

What if Tarot Cards could actually affect your future? And you could use that Tarot Deck to control other’s destinies as well? And what if the Internet created that Tarot Deck? In Gordon Dahlquist’s new sci-fi thriller, the world has started to crumble due to a mysterious Tarot Deck, that when read, can actually determine our past, present, and future.

Red Chariot is a Science-Fiction thriller set in the middle of the downfall of civilization after the Internet has created a mysterious Tarot Deck, that when read, can actually affect the past, present, and future. Gordon Dahlquist (Tomorrow Come Today) takes us on a journey through time as we explore the chaotic effects of new technological advancements and the role humans have, or haven’t, played in stopping that chaos.

Vox Humana

A new play by Len Jenkin 

Two staged readings. Wednesday, April 24th and Thursday April 25th at 7:30 pm

Author in attendance

The latest play from our own legendary company member and leading light of the American alternative theatre. On the road in America, Danny and Suzie Q. cross paths with Mona, an ex-showgirl, the poet Skintite, Uncle Bud, a carnival barker and the chanteuse Miss Koko. As they each pursue their own destinies their paths converge with ironic humor, a few songs and stories in the old weird American landscape. A haunting comedy.

so go the ghosts of méxico, parts one and two

by Matthew Paul Olmos

One Reading Each

Part One – Wednesday, May 1st at 7:30 pm

Part Two – Thursday, May 2nd at 7:30 pm

Part One – a brave woman in méxico

The first of a three-play cycle exploring the US/México drug wars. Selected by American Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist Sam Shepard as the inaugural play of the first-ever Ellen Steward Award — named after the famed founder and director of La MaMa— Olmos’s so go the ghosts of méxico, part one is inspired by the life of Marisol Valles Garcia, who stepped up to fill the place of a decapitated chief-of-police in the northern town of Praxadis, México only to be run out of the country by the drug cartels who threatened her life.

so go the ghosts of méxico, part 2

Two warring gangs in which the reins of power shift, a drug trade economy relying on Los Estados Unidos as its best customer, the method of delivery is ever ‘changing’, and loyalty is up for bid.


He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box

By Adrienne Kennedy

Two staged readings. Saturday, May 11th at 7:30 pm and Sunday Matinee May 12th at 2:00 pm

In He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box Adrienne Kennedy explores a layering of images — those of the South, Elizabethan drama, and 1940s films — using them to unravel a mystery that echoes through the American consciousness from the past to the present day.Set in Montezuma, Georgia, and New York City in 1941, this new play by Adrienne Kennedy — a multi-Obie Award winner and one of America’s greatest living dramatists — is a romantic and fragmented memory tale of segregation, theatrical yearning, and doomed love.

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Reading Festival Ensemble

Barbie Bernier

Stephanie Cleghorn Jasso

Angela Davis

Bruce DuBose

Gigi Cervantes

Parker Gray

Blake Hackler

Natalie Hebert

Ivan Jasso

Jim Jorgensen

Kristen Lazarchick

Christie Maturo

Courtney Mentzel

Camille Monae

Anthony L. Ramirez

Dakota Ratliff

Mindamora Rocha

Joanna Schellenberg

Stefanie Tovar

Dean Wray