La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

66 East 4th Street
(btw Bowery & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003

Office: M–F 11a–6p
Box Office: M–Su 12–6p

so go the ghosts of méxico, part one

April 11 – April 28, 2013

so go the ghosts of méxico is a NY Times Critics Pick!

“The images of this production are persistently haunting, thanks not only to Mr. Olmos’s audacious, almost novelistic script but also the inventive contributions of the director, Meiyin Wang, and her stellar design team.”

- Catherine Rampell, New York Times

Exeunt Magazine gives so go the ghosts of méxico five stars

“an incredible theater, a thought-provoking and moving play, an extremely talented cast and a good amount of nerve.”

- Erica Cheung, Exeunt Magazine

In 2009, the Police Chief of the crime-ridden Mexican border town of Praxedis Guerrero was kidnapped and beheaded.

Marisol Valles Garcia, a 20 year-old mother, volunteered to take his place. 

Marisol instituted a crime prevention program, employed more female officers and focused on community building.

Bribery, death threats and the fear of violence against her family escalated to the point that Marisol Valles Garcia had to go into hiding.

Unable to return home, Marisol hopes to win political asylum in America.

Written by Matthew Paul Olmos / Directed by Meiyin Wang

In 2012, Sam Shepard was awarded the Ellen Stewart Award to honor his work as a playwright who has consistently challenged conventional theatrical boundaries. As part of the award, Mr. Shepard chose Matthew Paul Olmos to create a new work to be produced at La MaMa.

Olmos’ play, so go the ghosts of méxico, is inspired by the true story of Marisol Valles Garcia, “the bravest woman in Mexico,” the play follows a young woman who volunteers to replace a beheaded police chief and sets off a chain reaction in her husband, the Narcos,and perhaps the entire country of Mexico. This is the first in his three-play cycle dealing with the U.S./Mexico drug wars.

Matthew Paul Olmos is a 2013 Sundance Institute UCROSS Playwright, 2012 Princess Grace Fellow in Playwriting, 2012-13 New York Theatre Workshop fellow; two-time Resident Artist at Mabou Mines/Suite.

Meiyin Wang, Born and raised in Singapore, Meiyin served as resident playwright and director with Singapore Repertory Theatre before coming to New York. As a theater-maker she has directed at venues including American Repertory Theater, Berkeley Rep, Singapore Repertory Theater, HERE, Brava, and Joe’s Pub.

so go the ghosts of méxico is supported in part by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, The John Golden Fund, Axe-Houghton Foundation.

“Olmos’ writing is both hallucinatory and brutal.”

-Rogelio Martinez, playwright


Laura Butler Rivera

Bernardo Cubria *

Jose Joaquin Perez *

Luis Moreno *

Peter O’Connor *

Set by Nick Benacerraf

Sound by Elizabeth Rhodes

Lighting by Jeanette Yew

Stage Manager Danielle Thomsen*

Costumes by Alice Tavener

*Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

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