World Premiere ADIÓS MAMÁ CARLOTA // San Jose

World Premiere
In partnership with El Teatro Campesino
By Luis Valdez

Directed by Kinan Valdez

April 3 – 28, 2019
Wednesdays & Thursdays @ 7:30pm
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm
Sundays @ 2pm

Tickets ($32 – $72):


Luis Valdez (ZOOT SUIT, LA BAMBA) returns to San Jose Stage after premiering VALLEY OF THE HEART (Winner of the 2016 San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Best Production Entire Bay Area) at The Stage in 2016. VALLEY OF THE HEART was recently staged at the Center Theatre Group’s Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles running from October 30, 2018 – December 9, 2018.

ADIÓS MAMÁ CARLOTA, a haunting tale of love and imperialism, takes place in 1927 — 60 years after the death of Empress Carlota’s beloved Emperor Maximilian before a firing squad in Mexico. Narrated by the Empress from her private chamber in Belgium’s Bouchout Castle, ADIOS MAMA CARLOTA revisits the rise and fall of Emperor Maximilian’s reign as Carlotta is troubled by her memories. She finds herself before the royal court, entertaining distinguished ghosts: Maximilian, Napoleon III, Benito Juarez and Abraham Lincoln. The ghost of Conchita, the feisty “other woman” in her past, goads and provokes her as her spiritual gadfly, forcing her to reassess her life. Carlota questions her survival: why has she outlived so many loved ones that no trace of her vanished world remains? Ultimately, Carlota’s dilemma pivots on her guilt and self-doubt about her abandonment of Maximilian, and the lingering regrets of their unfinished love story.

San Jose Stage Company was 1 of 6 recipients to receive a prestigious Theater Commissioning Award from the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for Luis Valdez’s new work, ADIÓS MAMÁ CARLOTA. The $50,000 grant supports the creation and production of new theater works by playwrights who represent the voice of California today.

The commission of Luis Valdez’s ADIÓS MAMÁ CARLOTA furthers the formal artistic and creative partnership established between San Jose Stage Company and El Teatro Campesino, a collaboration to deepen community engagement within the South Bay region while bringing life to mutually developed new works, reflecting and building the new American audience, not just in San Jose, but throughout the region.

The cast of ADIÓS MAMÁ CARLOTA will feature Allison F. Rich* as “Carlota,” Will Springhorn Jr. as “Maximilian/Lincoln,” Martin Rojas Dietrich* as “Napoleon III/Archbishop/Don Felipe/Miramon” Edward Hightower* as “Bazaine/Riedel,” Estrella Ezparza-Johnson as “Eugenie/Manuela,” Jessica Osegueda as “Conchita/Pepita/Margarita,” Sean Okuniewicz as “Van der Smissen/Franz Josef” and Noé Yaocoatl as “Sedano/Benito Juarez/Mejia.”

In addition to Messrs. Valdez and Valdez, the creative team includes Jack D. Myles* (Production Stage Manager), Michael Palumbo (Scenic Designer/Lighting Designer), Madeline Berger (Costume Designer), Garland Thompson Jr. (Projections Designer), Dante Carballo (Projections Consultant), Steve Schoenbeck (Sound Designer), Caitlin Elizabeth and Yvonne Vo (Props Leads), Keith Pinto* (Choreographer) and Robert Pickering (Master Carpenter).

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.

^Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Union.

ADIÓS MAMÁ CARLOTA runs about 2 hours, including one intermission.



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