Sin Muros: A Latinx Theatre Festival

Sin Muros
A Latinx Theater Festival

February 13-16, 2020

Stages celebrates the range of Latinx voices and stories reflecting the diversity of local Texas communities.

The third annual Sin Muros Festival features the bilingual, Cinderella-themed Theater for Young Audiences play Cenicienta, alongside developmental workshop readings of new plays by Texas playwrights Adrienne Dawes, Franky D. Gonzalez, and Frida Espinosa-Muller.

Join us on this festival weekend filled with public events for audiences and local theater-makers, including workshops and networking opportunities.

Festival Schedule

Thursday, February 13
7:00 pm Welcome Words | Edmundson Gallery
7:30 pm Water by the Spoonful  | Lester and Sue Smith Stage
8:00 pm Cenicienta | Rochelle and Max Levit Stage

Friday, February 14
8:00 am - 4:00 pm Professional Development Day for High School Teachers
5:00 - 8:00 pm Tintero Projects | Edmundson Gallery
7:30 pm Poetry Reading | Edmundson Gallery
8:00 pm Workshop Production: Ursula | Rochelle and Max Levit Stage
8:00 pm Water by the Spoonful | Lester and Sue Smith Stage

Saturday, February 15
11:00 am Town Hall: Choosing Houston | Edmundson Gallery
1:00 - 8:00 pm Inprint Poetry Buskers | Edmundson Gallery
2:00 pm Poetry Reading | Edmundson Gallery
2:30 pm Workshop Production: Ursula | Rochelle and Max Levit Stage
2:30 pm Play Reading: Even Flowers Bloom in Hell, Sometimes | Lester and Sue Smith Stage
5:00 pm Talkback with Festival Playwrights: Adrienne Dawes, Franky D. Gonzalez, and Frida Espinosa-Muller | Edmundson Gallery
7:30 pm Presentation of el Premio Puente (The Bridge Award) to Tony Diaz with Nuestra Palabra | Edmundson Gallery
7:45 pm Poetry Reading | Edmundson Gallery 
8:00 pm Workshop Production: Ursula | Rochelle and Max Levit Stage
8:00 pm Play Reading: Teen Dad | Sterling Stage
8:00 pm Water by the Spoonful | Lester and Sue Smith Stage

Sunday, February 16
11:00 am Playwriting Workshop | Edmundson Gallery
2:30 pm Cenicienta | Rochelle and Max Levit Stage
2:30 pm Water by the Spoonful | Lester and Sue Smith Stage

Additional Events

Town Hall
Choosing Houston: the opportunities, challenges and future needs for making an artistic home in Houston

Saturday, February 15, 11:00am

Please join a multi-disciplinary panel of leading Latinx artists in conversation about living and working in Houston. Despite Houston's size and strong economy, artists regularly leave for opportunities in other cities that are better known for their creative communities. In this discussion we will hear from artists and creatives from a variety of disciplines who have chosen Houston as the place to build their artistic career. We will discuss the benefits and challenges of making an artistic home in Houston, and steps we can collectively take to make our city a better place for artists.

Shayna Schlosberg, Managing Director, Catastrophic Theatre

Luis Galindo, Actor
Jasminne Mendez, poet, playwright, educator and performer
Ashley DeHoyos, Curator, DiverseWorks
Reyes Ramirez, Poet
Stephanie Saint Sanchez, film and video artist and the founder of La Chicana Laundry Pictures
Adam Castañeda, Executive & Artistic Director, Pilot Dance Project

Poetry Tent
The Sin Muros Poetry Tent hosted by the Latinx Literary Organization Tintero Projects will feature a variety of local literary organizations, performance poetry teams, publishing houses and book sellers. At the tent you can expect to find Inprint poetry buskers who will write poems "on demand" in English or Spanish, the oldest Latino literary publisher in the country Arte Publico Press selling books in fiction, poetry and memoir, Writers in the Schools with make and take creative writing activities for teens and young adults and live poetry readings by local poets from various slam teams and performance groups including Barrio Writers, Fuente Co. and many others. 

Sin Muros Festival Poets:
February 14th at 7:30pm - Reyes Ramirez
February 15th at 2:00pm - Liliana Martinez
February 15th at 7:30pm - Natasha Carrizosa

Poetry Buskers by Inprint Houston 
Inprint writers will write you a poem on any topic while you wait!

Playwriting Workshop 
Sunday, February 16, 11:00am

Building Stories: Constructing Your New Play

How do you build a new play? In this generative workshop, playwright Adrienne Dawes will lead exercises to help writers of all levels to build new stories for the stage or to expand their current works-in-progress. 
The workshop is free, but advanced registration is required. Register here.

Theater Teacher Professional Development Day
Friday, February 14, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Stages Repertory Theater and the Sin Muros Latinx Theater Festival invite Houston area middle and high school theater teachers to participate in the Sin Muros Professional Development Day. This one-day interactive professional day will provide teachers with a hands-on focused arsenal of tools to develop their Latinx theater pedagogy skills and create culturally-responsive curriculum. In addition to a performance of Cenicienta, the day will include performances by artists participating in the Sin Muros Festival, discussions, and performance workshops. Please see the festival schedule above.
Attendance is FREE, but advanced registration is required. The deadline to register is Friday, February 7, 2020. Lunch will be provided and attendees will receive a certificate for their 8 hours of PD.
To register, click here

Dos Caras Del Patroncito
Sunday, February 16 after Cenicienta performance
TEATRX - A Latinx Theatre Company will perform Dos Caras Del Patroncito by Teatro Campesino, an acto first performed along the picket lines during the labor movement in the 1960's. Dos Caras used satire to entertain and shine a stark light on right and wrong in order to lift the spirits of the those on the picket line and strengthen their commitment to the la causa.

Join Houston's own Stephanie Wittels Wachs for an insightful talk back after Sunday's performance of Water by the Spoonful
Sunday, February 16 after Water by the Spoonful performance
Stephanie Wittels Wachs is co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Lemonada Media, a podcast network that shares the unfiltered version of the human experience. She hosts Lemonada's flagship show Last Day, that explores the opioids crisis with humor, wit and a quest for progress. She is the author of best-selling memoir Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful: A Tragicomic Memoir of Genius, Heroin, Love, and Loss, which Kirkus called a “penetrating story and powerful debut.” A theater artist and well-known voice actor who has a decade of experience as an arts educator, she now sits on the Board of Directors of Rec Room Arts. She co-founded the organization, a reputable performance space and national artist-residency program, in memory of her late brother, Parks & Recreation comedian-writer-producer Harris Wittels who died of a heroin overdose in 2015. She lives in Houston with her husband, Mike, and their two children, Iris and Harrison.