In the past 11 years, Teato Vivo has staged some 25 productions in Austin. Their latest is a new work by playwright Raul Garza (known for his award-winning debut, Fantasmaville). Dos Pocitos is set a generation in the future, in a fictional town in the land of Texaco, which is the now-lawless land between Texas and Mexico. It’s a fairly bleak, post-apocalyptic setting (think border Mad Max), but the play itself is actually a comedy. A dark comedy, sure, but with some poignant moments, lively characters, and a glimmer of hope for the future.
Dos Pocitos is also a bit of a family affair. Director Estevan J. “Chuy” Zarate enlisted his mother, Ruth Ussery, to come out of retirement to design the costumes and Raul asked his brother David Garza to compose the original score. Also, set designer Julio Carreon-Reyes is the son of Teatro Vivo’s founders JoAnn and Rupert Reyes.
The play opens on August 18, and we got a look behind the scenes during a recent rehearsal.
August 18 – September 3
Thursday – Saturday at 8:00 pm
Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Road