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Los Illegals



Inspired by Fuente Ovejuna by Lope de Vega


Written By

Michael John Garcés


Directed by

Shishir Kurup


Created in collaboration with The Institute of Popular Education of Southern California, The National Day Laborer Organizing Network, The South Asian Network, and the UCLA Downtown Labor Center.


Presented in association with The Armory Center for the Arts

at Armory Northwest, May 31-June 24, 2007






The United Day Laborers Work Site at GIANT Hardware is struggling to stay open: although many workers use the site to get work from GIANT patrons, others hang out on the corner soliciting jobs and angering GIANT managers. Meanwhile, the action follows two migrants trying to make their way to the U.S. These two interludes continue through the play and tell the story of the migrants' journey to the U.S.


An altercation between a day laborer and a home owner bring out anti-immigrant forces, and now it looks like the center will be closed and a laborer deported. The play features a collective protagonist, similar to Fuente Ovejuna, which served as an inspiration for the main plot.



Scenic Design - Nephelie Andonyadis

Costume Design - Garry Lennon

Lighting Design - Geoff Korf

Sound Design - Drew Dalzell

Video Design - Gregory Pacificar

Stage Manager - Michelle Blair


Asst. Stage Manager - Elizabeth Hernández

Asst. Director - William Jaramillo

Choreography - Peter Howard & Page Leong

Prop Master - Robyn Taylor

Dramaturgical Consultant - Lorenzo Mans

Rehearsal Stage Manager - Anna Woo

Asst. Scenic Design - Jo Nguyen

Asst. Costume Designer - Tanya Apuya

Addt'l Dramaturgical Research - Scott Horstein

Original Music

"Yo ya me voy" - Lila Downs

"Llegaron Los Jornaleros - Los Journaleros del Norte

Additional Underscore - Shishir Kurup & David Markowitz


Technical Director - Bill Honigstein

Master Electrician - Motoko Tamura

Sound Engineer - Fionnegan Murphy

Asst. Sound Engineer - Morgan McCauley

Scenic Artists - Ashley Garcia & Lynn Jeffries

Set Construction - The Los Illegals Cast

Light Board Operator - Eli Isaacs

Production Photos - John Luker

Art & Graphic Design - jonny fenix





Betto ArcosJimmy
Andrew CohenNathan
Francisco GarciaManolo, etc.
José A GarciaMauricio
Antonia Grace GlennJudge
Blanca GutiérrezRosenda
Adrian GuzmanLalo
Ana Maria GuzmanLoreto
Ubaldo HernándezOmar
Peter HowardGeorge
Saima HusainGloria
Maria Refugio JacintoYolanda
Page LeongKim
Manuel Esteban ManciaJorge
Rudy MarquezJuan, etc.
Karla MenjivarCarmen
Andres MunarJavier
Juan C. ParadaClaudio
Hector Manuel PérezPedro
Juan José Mangandi PérezErnesto
Blanca RamirezTeresa
Yuri TreminoMarisol
Bahni TurpinBrenda
Don WynneHomeland Security
Jesus ZamoraRamon
Michelle ZamoraPolice Officer, Etc.



Comments by cast, crew, and other participants.

Subsequent Performances or Productions


As of June 2007, Cornerstone is considering a limited touring production of LOS ILLEGALS to play in labor centers around Los Angeles.


Special Notes

Articles, Reviews, and other Links


"La vida de los jornaleros es dura" - Hoy

(for an English translation, click here.)


"Getting it right for 'Los Illegals'" - Los Angeles Times


"Cornerstone puts the immigration issue center stage" - Los Angeles Times


"Una voz para los invisibles" - Hoy

(for an English translation, click here.)


REVIEW: "Unintended Consequences and more" - Los Angeles Times


REVIEW: “A world in itself” - Pasadena Weekly


Los Illegals artwork by jonny fenix, www.jonnyfenix.com

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