The Patio Playhouse Community Theater in Escondido returns to live performances with its outdoor production of “Miss You Like Hell”, which premieres Friday, July 30 as part of its Patio Plays in the Park summer season.
The rock musical features original songs, with a book and lyrics by Quiara Alegría Hudes as well as music and lyrics by Erin McKeown, said Cassiopeia Guthrie, advertising director of Patio Playhouse. The show will be presented in the Kit Carson Amphitheater, 100 Amphitheater Drive in Escondido. The performances will take place at 8 p.m. from Thursday to Sunday, until Saturday, August 14.
Tickets cost $ 25 for adults, $ 22 for seniors, military, and students, plus $ 18 for youth 16 and under. Group rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Purchase tickets by calling 760-746-6669 or online at PatioPlayhouse.com.
“Miss You Like Hell” is about Olivia and Beatriz, a spirited teenage girl and her Latina mother, as they travel the country on wheels, meet a mix of diverse strangers, face the complications of their relationship and face the challenges of immigration, Guthrie said. Ultimately, they learn what it means to be a family in America today.
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The show’s creative team includes director Elizabeth Arellano and music director Erika R. Gamez. “Being a part of this production… presented a unique opportunity for me as a Mexican-American woman in theater,” Gamez said. “(The show) is not only a safe return to live theater for us, but also a chance to stage a story that’s deeply personal to me.”
The cast stars Vivian Schmitz as Beatriz and Violeta Ruiz-Lopez as Olivia. The cast also includes Carjanae Evans as Pearl, Brian B. Evans as Mo, Jason Schlarmann as Higgins and Rick Hernandez as Manuel. The set includes Shianna Chastain, Nathan Groome, Mykaila Istvanyi, Shaun Lim, Ashley Perez, Jana Russick, and Matt Sayre.
“I hope this story reminds people to be more empathetic towards immigrants, with and without papers, because we can’t even imagine some of the struggles they go through on a daily basis to provide better lives for their families,” he said. said Ruiz-Lopez.
Patio Playhouse partnered with the BIPOC Support Foundation this summer in an effort to raise awareness of its programs, Guthrie said. The foundation is a not-for-profit organization based in San Diego County. It is committed to empowering the lives and communities of Blacks, Indigenous people and people of color by providing resources, education, mentorship and economic support, she added.
The organization’s programs include Diving Deep, a series of book clubs featuring decolonized educational resources; the Backpack Initiative, which provides backpacks filled with school supplies, literary items and community resources to underserved communities; and Women + s Work, a program to promote BIPOC’s women + so that they can show their strength, harness their potential and thrive beyond socio-political constructs, said Guthrie. The foundation’s website says it uses the term “women +” to include all transgender women and gender non-conforming people in its work. More information about the foundation is available at BIPOCSupportFoundation.org.