"It is a timeless story because these young women are challenged, and they come together because of their love of the music."
-José Cruz González
How did the environment you grew up in shape you?
Using one of the themes from the play, write a short 3-5 sentence reflection on how that theme plays out in your own life.
"Family, love, and tradition are at the core of this heartwarming play about the freedom to dream big. It’s the 1970s and girls can’t be mariachis … or can they? As Lucha and her spunky cousin hunt for bandmates, dodge disapproving relatives, and bring Mom along for the ride. This play is infused with vibrant, infectious live mariachi music and reminds us how music and love can make the impossible
José Cruz González
Born and raised in Watsonville, California, José Cruz González is a prominent Mexican-American playwright, director, lyricist, and proud descendant of migrant farmworkers. As González began studying writing and theatre, he soon discovered the lack of narratives similar to his own, which in turn inspired him to write stories that represented the communities he grew up in. Through South Coast Repertory Theatre, González created the Hispanic Playwrights’ Project in 1988, soon after completing graduate programs in theater arts and directing from Arizona State University and University of California, Irvine. He launched his first big sensation as a playwright, Harvest Moon. After Harvest Moon’s success, González continued writing Latine inspired works such as: American Mariachi, Sunsets and Margaritas, and The Astronaut Farmworker.