WaterTower Theatre will be presenting ‘Guadalupe in the Guest Room’ Feb. 22 to March 17 on the Terry Martin Main Stage at the Addison Theatre Centre. The cast features Andrews W. Cope, David Lugo, Leticia Magaña, and Gabrielle Reyes. Leticia and Gabrielle are making their debuts at WaterTower Theatre.
According to the press release by WaterTower Theatre, “Guadalupe is living in the guest room of her son-in-law, Steve, while she works to translate from English to Spanish the children’s books her deceased daughter has written. Overcome with grief and separated by a language barrier, the unlikely housemates struggle to communicate. As they begin watching the same television show, the two bond in the most unexpected of ways, leading Guadalupe and Steve to learn that understanding doesn’t always require speaking the same language. Guadalupe in the Guest Room is a funny and heartfelt celebration of new beginnings, breaking barriers, and the healing power of telenovelas.”
Andrews W. Cope (Steve.) Andrews WaterTower Theatre’s credits also include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Beautiful Star. Some of his other credits include Martyr, Booth, World Premiere (Second Thought Theatre); Ruth, World Premiere (Kitchen Dog Theater); Suburbia (Upstart Productions); Take Me Out (Uptown Players); Brighton Beach Memoirs, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, A Streetcar Named Desire, Last Night of Ballyhoo (Contemporary Theater of Dallas).
David Lugo (Roberto/Jose Fernando/Bernardo.) David is an actor and voice over artist and was recently Pop in Elliot, A Soldiers Fugue. He has been acting for over 25 years and has performed on various stages throughout the region.
Leticia Magaña (Guadalupe.) According to the press release, “Leticia Magaña is thrilled to return to the theatre after a 15-year hiatus. During this time, she has acted in television and film roles including the recurring role of Lourdes Garcia in AMC’s The Son, Dr. Razack in Dallas, Angry Mom in the movie Hot Pursuit opposite Reese Witherspoon, Sample in Upstream Color (Sundance Official Selection 2013) and Rosana in All She Can (Sundance Official Selection 2011).” You can also hear her voice on DART and at DFW Airport. Leticia has various commercial and industrial credits to her name, you can find out more about Leticia by visiting her website, www.leticiamagana.com
Gabrielle Reyes (Raquel/Claudia/Aurelia.) Gabrielle is making her WaterTower Theatre debut. Some of her other local credits include Dallas Theater Center (Hairspray, White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, Hair, Dreamgirls, A Christmas Carol and Bella: An American Tall Tale). Off-Broadway: Bella: An American Tall Tale. Film: Yes, We’re Open; You People; Driving While Black; Godbox. TV: Mad Men, Scandal, The Whitney Houston Story, Aquarius, Switched at Birth. Some of Gabrielle’s other ventures include being the chef and owner of the vegan catering company, One Great Vegan. Learn more about Gabrielle on her website, www.gabriellereyes.com
Christie Vela is also making her WaterTower Theatre debut. Some of her other directing credits include A Christmas Carol, Gloria, Fade (Dallas Theater Center); Bull, Straight White Men, Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (Second Thought Theatre); ‘Night Mother (EchoTheatre); Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Theatre Three); Don’t Dress For Dinner (Stage West); Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare Dallas); Turn of the Screw, Paper Flowers, The Pillow Man, Boom (Kitchen Dog Theater); Native Gardens (Trinity Repertory in Providence, RI).
Preview dates for Guadalupe in the Guest room are Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. There will also be a Pay It Forward with Pay-What-You-Can Preview Sunday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. Pay What You Can performances are donation-based, general admission performances where guests can pay $1 to $1 million, it’s up to you the guest.
WaterTower Theatre announced the “Pay It Forward with Pay What You Can” initiative a few years ago. The initiative takes all proceeds from Pay What You Can Previews and donates them to various causes and organizations in need. The 2018-2019 Pay It Forward with Pay What You Can performances are sponsored by Holly and Tom Mayer. The program has raised over $6,500 in support of organizations like Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas, Journey of Hope Grief Support, Gideon’s Feet, Big Thought’s DaVerse Lounge, UNIDOS Puerto Rican Hurricane Relief, and The Alley Theatre.
Opening night is Monday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Performances are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Fridays at 8 p.m. Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $20 for children 16 and under, and single tickets are $20 to $40. There are Student, Senior, and Industry discounts available and as always, subscribers get discounts as well. Purchase your tickets online at www.watertowertheatre.org, by phone at 972-450-6232 or in person at the WaterTower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre box office. Tickets for Pay What You Can performances are now available in advance by phone, or in person as well.
Guadalupe in the Guest Room is sponsored, in part, by Frost Bank and Raymond James. WaterTower Theatre’s 2018-2019 Season sponsor is the Town of Addison.