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Confessions of a Mexpatriate

By David Johanssen

You won’t know a man until you walk a mile in his zapatos. The original one-man performance, Confessions of a Mexpatriate, takes the audience on the adventure of one heavily-American-media-saturated man, embarking on a passage across Mexico in which he comes to embrace the beauty of the culture and what Mexico means to Mexican-Americans; he travels Mexico to discover his true identity. A memory and a fantasy, scary and welcoming, it is a comedic look at his soul-searching experience. Mexpatriate is portrayed by actor Mical Trejo and is directed by Ken Webster. Both Trejo and Webster are award-winning theater artists.

Confessions of a Mexpatriate
Fri, Jul 17, and Sat, Jul 18, 7:30pm, Sun, Jul 19, 5pm
120 pesos
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Tue, Jul 21, 5pm
50 pesos (English)
Live Music
Open Mic
Tue, Jul 21, 7:30pm
30 pesos (includes drink)
Documentary and Discussion
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Fri, Jul 24, 5pm
50 pesos

Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
154 7524

“We want the audience to view the struggles, discoveries, and beauty that come with being Mexican-American in both the US and Mexico,” says playwright Raul Garza. “Confessions of a Mexpatriate offers exactly that.”

Raul Garza’s own experiences were his inspiration for writing the play: “I have always loved travel in Mexico and have always felt that duality of biculturalism—oozing American pop culture while feeling pangs of longing for the richness of Mexicanismo. Confessions of a Mexpatriate sprang to life in 2012 during a four-week writing residency I completed in Oaxaca. I was dutifully working on another play, inhaling Mexican food and culture, when Confessions of a Mexpatriate showed up unannounced and demanded to be written—wrote itself, really.

The play addresses the concept of Mexpatriatism—abandoning the US for a better, more authentic life across the border. Obviously, Mexico is a big part of that story, but not the only part. As a writer, it was tempting to focus on the exotic, romantic, or even dangerous elements of Mexico. But I set out to create a reflective narrative rather than a personal travel journal and hope this work accomplishes that.”

Mexpatriate runs Friday, July 17, and Saturday, July 18, at 7:30pm and Sunday, July 19, at 5pm. Shelter Theater proudly presents the engaging story of one tightly wound American’s journey of discovery through colonial Mexico. 120 pesos.

Shelter Theater is part of the Shelter VG4 Cultural Center, located at Vicente Guerrero 4, a 10-minute walk from the Jardín. Telephone 154 7524 or visit to see upcoming films and events. Taxi concierge service available to/from “Teatro Shelter.”


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