Fandango For Butterflies (and Coyotes)

February 06 - February 15, 2020

Ellen Stewart Theatre | 66 East 4th Street (2nd Floor)

Thursday to Saturday at 7PM; Sunday at 3PM; Monday, February 10th at 7PM

$25 Tickets; $20 Student/Senior Tickets [+$1 Facility Fee]

Run Time: 100 Minutes

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An En Garde Arts Production
Written by Andrea Thome
Directed by José Zayas
Music by Sinuhé Padilla

Inspired by interviews with undocumented immigrants from Latin America living in New York, the piece will take the form of a fandango, a community celebration where stories are brought to life through live performance, music, and dance. On the eve of city-wide ICE raids, a group of immigrants gather in an undisclosed community center in NYC for a fandango. As fear encroaches — fear for family left behind in their home countries, fear for loved ones in the middle of their dangerous journey to New York, fear of leaving the sanctuary of the community center simply just get a bag of ice — a sense of camaraderie builds between the participants. Strangers become friends, friends become family, and the fandango plays on.
The performances will be in English and Spanish with supertitles, making it fully accessible to Spanish and English-speaking audiences. We’re also partnering with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs who will have a booth at select performances, which will provide both immigrants and allies with resources and actionable steps.


"But this is a party with a point, and with an unmistakable political valence in a time when our nation’s immigration debate has risen to a boil of nativism on one side and activism on the other..."

Inspired By The True Stories Of Undocumented Immigrants

‘Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes)’ brings stories of Latinx undocumented immigrants to Queens


"a powerfully moving work of documentary theater from the newly resurrected En Garde Arts company,
run, now as before, by Anne Hamburger."

-New York Times about 'BASETRACK Live'

"This production brings the gritty, brutal truths alive in ways that nothing I’ve read or seen has succeeded in doing."
-The New York Times about 'BASETRACK Live'

"A compassionate glimpse at the outer edge of teenage angst."
-Village Voice about 'Wilderness'

Post-Show Events

Creative Team

Written by Andrea Thome
Directed by José Zayas
Original Music by Sinuhé Padilla
Johnny Moreno – Scenic & Projection Design
Lucrecia Briceno – Lighting Design
Fabian Fidel Aguilar – Costume Design
Marcelo Añez – Sound Design
Alexandra Beller – Choreography
Mariana Carreño King – Translation
Carolina Arboleda – Stage Management

Jen Anaya, Silvia Dionicio, Andres Quintero, Frances Ines Rodriguez, Carlo Albán, Roberto Tolentino

Music Performed by Sinuhe Padilla and Tania Mesa

About the Artists

En Garde Arts produces bold theatre experiences that reach across artistic, physical and social boundaries, illuminating nuanced perspectives and unspoken truths behind the salient issues of our time.