Thursday, November 10, 2005

Tucson: Invisible Theatre presents DONA ROSITA'S JALAPENO KITCHEN

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Subject: Invisible Theatre - DONA ROSITA'S JALAPENO KITCHEN

November 10, 2005
Contact: Cathy Johnson/Susan Claassen

Event: The Invisible Theatre Presents
Starring Award Winning Ruby Nelda Perez
By Rodrigo Duarte-Clark

Date/Time: Friday, December 2, 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 3, 2:00 PM
Saturday, December 3, 8:00 PM

Place: The Berger Performing Arts Center
1200 W. Speedway, Tucson, Arizona

Tickets: $40 per person
Discounts available for groups of 10 or more.
Call 882-9721 for reservations and information.

The Invisible Theatre presents DONA ROSITA'S JALAPENO KITCHEN, starring Ruby
Nelda Perez, written by Rodrigo Duarte-Clark This one-woman show is
deliciously comic and peppered with the poignancy of Cultural Pride. Dona
Rosita invites the audience for the "Last Supper" in the barrio of
Salsipuedes while she contemplates selling her restaurant/home of 23 years,
to make way for a brand new tourist shopping mall. Generous servings of one
flavorful character after another will leave your spirit nourished yet
hungry for more! As Dońa Rosita is performing, she's also cooking. As
she's cooking, talking to the audience and playing various characters, Ruby
is weaving a story about the importance of heritage, traditions and

Ruby Nelda Perez began a career as a solo artist in San Antonio, Texas, when
she was asked to select and recite literary works at the Guadalupe Cultural
Arts Center in 1985. Actor, soloist and comedienne, she brings to life an
array of full-bodied, emotionally textured characters in colorful
performances. Her portrayals have brought national recognition, eliciting
enthusiastic reactions from both the Spanish and non-Spanish speaking
audiences. Through collaborations with Latino and Latina writers, she
weaves legends, stories, folk tales and many personal experiences. In A
WOMAN'S WORK, she staged and directed poems and monologues by writers Denise
Chavez, Mary Sue Galindo and Enedina Casarez-Vasquez. In 1994, she
collaborated with playwright Rodrigo Duarte-Clark in creating DONA ROSITA'S
JALAPENO KITCHEN. Ruby has performed her show all over the country from
California to New York to Alaska and back home to Texas to rave reviews. The
success of this play brought outstanding recognition from both critics and
audiences. In May of 1999, Duarte-Clark and Perez presented the second
part, ROSITA'S DAY OF THE DEAD, at the Jump-Start Performance Space in San
Antonio, TX. Both agree that a trilogy may be in the future, offering the
closure of the "Rosita's" series.

Ruby received her theatre experience at Texas A&I University in Kingsville,
TX. In 1977 she helped found The First Bilingual Theatre of Houston (now
known as Talento Bilingue de Houston) and later in 1982 accepted the
position of Artistic/Project Director of that same company. In 1979 she
worked as a teacher of Chicano Theatre at Plaza de la Raza in Los Angeles,
and in 1980 joined El Teatro de la Esperanza in Santa Barbara, California.
In 1984 she became a member of Los Actores de San Antonio with the Guadalupe
Cultural Arts Center. Ruby and her husband, Jorge, have two daughters, Alma
Victoria and Maya Luna and are currently based in San Antonio.

Rodrigo Duarte-Clark is a founding member and current Artistic Director of
El Teatro de la Esperanza. He was principal playwright of many of the
group's collective creations including HIJOS, GUADALUPE, and LA VICTIMA and
has authored full length and one act plays, THE OCTOPUS, LOTERIA DE
published in An Anthology of Chicano Theatre and made into a film. His
directing credits include: WE CAN'T PAY, WE WON'T PAY, HIJOS, LA VICTIMA
and REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES. He has served on the board and staff of TENAZ
as Continental Coordinator and Executive Director. He is currently on the
American Festival Board and has served on various panels for the NEA and
California Arts Council.

DONA ROSITA'S JALAPENO KITCHEN is presented, in part, through the generous
support of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Maxfield and the Tucson Pima Arts Council.

Call the Invisible Theatre at (520) 882-9721, Tuesday through Friday from
10-4 for reservations and ticket information, or stop by the office at 1400
N. First Avenue (at Drachman). Ticket cost is $40. Discounts for groups of
ten or more are available. VISA, M/C and AmEx are accepted.

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