Teatro Palo Alto

Teatro Palo Alto is the producing arm of the Palo Alto College drama program. There are four shows per season, with two shows during the fall semester and two in the spring. The department operates out of two theatre spaces: a 400-seat auditorium and a 100-seat black box theatre.

Teatro Palo Alto strives to create high quality theatre experience for the bilingual, multicultural community in South San Antonio. Diversity, including gender, is also a cornerstone to our vision, with at least half of the productions each season being written by women. It is crucial for the health of the community to see itself represented in popular culture and the arts. Teatro Palo Alto seeks to bridge the representation chasm that exists in the arts.

 

Fall 2022

 

Luis Valdez’s Actos

By Luis Valdez
Co-directed by Alex Evans, Joshua Miller, Sam Jimenez, and Nicolás E. Castañon

Chicano theatre is first, a reaffirmation of LIFE.  That is what theatre is supposed to be, of course.  Chicano theatre must be revolutionary in technique as well as content.  It must be popular, subject to no other critics except the pueblo itself; but it must also educate the pueblo toward a appreciation of social change, on and off the stage.  

Performances
Thursday, Sept. 8 – 1 p.m.
Las Caras de Patroncito

Thursday, Sept. 15 – 1 p.m.
Los Vendidos

Thursday, Sept. 22 – 1 p.m.
No Saca Nada de la Escuela

Thursday, Sept. 29 – 1 p.m.
Soldado Razo

Thursday, Oct. 6 – 1 p.m.
Las Caras de Patroncito

Thursday, Oct. 13 – 1 p.m
Los Vendidos

Thursday, Oct. 20 – 1 p.m
No Saca Nada de la Escuela

Thursday, Oct. 27 – 1 p.m.
Soldado Razo

This production is free to the public and will be performed in the Amphitheater.


 

Camilla La Magica Makes Tamales

Adapted by Nicolás E. Castañon
Based on the book by Chef Cariño and Paloma Cortez
Directed by Benito Lara Villarreal

Follow Camilla la Magica and her Pup Osito, as she learns how to make her Abuela’s magical tamales for Christmas dinner.  Carefully following each of her Abuela’s steps, that were passed down from her Abuela, Camilla learns the true magic behind her family’s traditional tamales and the generations of love passed down in each bite.

Performances
Friday, Oct. 28 – 7 p.m | Evening Performance & Reception
Saturday, Oct. 29 – 7 p.m | Evening Performance & Talkback
Tuesday, Nov. 1 – 10 a.m. | School Matinee
Wednesday, Nov. 2 – 10 a.m | School Matinee
Thursday, Nov. 3 – 10 a.m | School Matinee
Saturday, Nov. 5 – 7 p.m | Evening Performance
Tuesday, Nov. 8 – 10 a.m | School Matinee
Wednesday, Nov. 9 – 10 a.m | School Matinee
Thursday, Nov. 10 – 10 a.m | School Matinee
Friday, Nov. 11 – 7 p.m | Evening Performance
Saturday, Nov. 12 – 2 p.m | Matinee Performance

Adults $12.00
PAC Faculty & Staff, Military, Groups (10+), PAC Alumni, Non-PAC Student $10.00
PAC Students, Children (ages 4-12) $6.00

**All opening night performances for Teatro Palo Alto are $6.00 (all tickets)


Spring 2023

The Vagina Monologues

By Eve Ensler
Directed by Rachael Lorenzetti
Costume Design by Rachael Lorenzetti

The Vagina Monologues is made up of various personal monologues read by a diverse group of women.  Originally, Eve Ensler performed every monologue herself, with subsequent performances featuring three actresses, and more recent versions featuring a different actress for every role.  Each of the monologues deals with an aspect of the feminine experience.  A recurring theme throughout the piece is the vagina as a tool of female empowerment, and the ultimate embodiment of individuality.  **Note that this production contains adult themes and language.  *Proceeds from select performances will benefit women’s shelters in San Antonio and Planned Parenthood.

Performances 
Friday, Feb. 10 – 7 p.m. | Evening Performance*
Saturday, Feb. 11 – 7 p.m. | Evening Performance
Sunday, Feb. 12 – 2 p.m | Matinee Performance
Tuesday, Feb. 14 – 7 p.m | Evening Performance & Talkback*
Wednesday, Feb. 15 – 7 p.m | Evening Performance
Friday, Feb. 17 – 7 p.m | Evening Performance
Saturday, Feb. 18 – 7 p.m | Evening Performance
Sunday, Feb. 19– 2 p.m | Matinee Performance

Tickets

Adults $12.00
PAC Faculty & Staff, Military, Groups (10+), PAC Alumni, Non-PAC Student $10.00
PAC Students, Children (ages 4-12) $6.00

**All opening night performances for Teatro Palo Alto are $6.00 (all tickets)


 

Musical/Opera TBD

Directed by Nicolás E. Castañon
Musical Direction by Edlyn de Oliveira
Costume Design by Rachael Lorenzetti

Stay tuned for our final Spring show announcement!

Performances 
Friday, Apr. 21 – 7 p.m. | Evening Performance & Reception
Saturday, Apr. 22 – 7 p.m. | Evening Performance
Sunday, Apr. 23 – 2 p.m | Matinee Performance
Thursday, Apr. 27 – 12 p.m | Evening Performance
Friday, Apr. 28 – 7 p.m | Evening Performance
Saturday, Apr. 29 – 7 p.m | Evening Performance
Sunday, Apr. 30– 2 p.m | Matinee Performance

Tickets

Adults $12.00
PAC Faculty & Staff, Military, Groups (10+), PAC Alumni, Non-PAC Student $10.00
PAC Students, Children (ages 4-12) $6.00

**All opening night performances for Teatro Palo Alto are $6.00 (all tickets)

 


 

Past seasons

Teatro Palo Alto launched its inaugural season of stage performances in 2016. 

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Box Office 

Child, senior, and student discounts are available. Tickets may be purchased online when available. For tickets and more information, please call the Box Office at 210-670-6670. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Policies

Tickets
10 minutes after curtain, tickets will no longer be sold.
Tickets are only valid on the printed date.

Ticket Prices
Adults $12.00
PAC Faculty & Staff, Military, Groups (10+), PAC Alumni, Non-PAC Student $10.00
PAC Students, Children (ages 4-12) $6.00
**All opening night performances for Teatro Palo Alto are $6.00 (all tickets)

Seating
Patrons arriving late will be seated at the House Manager’s discretion.
There is not late seating in the Black Box Theatre.
All seats are general admission.

Additional Policies
Programs will only be given upon entrance to the theater.
Food and beverages are not allowed inside the theater.
Video and photography are not allowed inside the theater.