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Teatro Jornalero


Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras-Cultural Exchange Guatemala, 2015

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‘Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras’ Nominated for EMMY!



We are so proud to share our nomination, thanks to the support of Department Cultural Affairs-DCA, National Asociation of Latino Arts and Cultures-NALAC, Art Bound-KCET, Ford Foundation, Cornerstone Theater Company, Members of the community of Calderas, Antigua Guatemala, Theater Group iiK of Guatemala, CONAMIGUA, and Civil Rights Guatemala-PDH.

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Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras 
Tour “Pastorela Jornalera 2014”


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Play Synopsis:

Franciscan friars introduced the pastorelas to Latin America in the sixteenth century. Over the years, these fun and comical Nativity dramas have become part of the folklore of many Latin American communities. Typical to the Christmas time, pastorelas often offer a satirical representation of our society and the problems that exist within it.

The basic plot of the pastorelas is the journey that a group of shepherds take to Bethlehem in search of a better future. Similar to that which, several of our cousins, siblings, friends and acquaintances take by coming to the U.S. in hopes of finding a better future. In this adaptation the writer Cesar I. Ortega Pérez, takes the stories of our migrants and day laborers, and through carols, songs and jokes creates a play that celebrates our history and culture.

Come join Vato, Gila, Ermitaño and his friends in this picturesque journey to Bethlehem, and discover the surprises that await them on the road.

Tour Note by Lorena Moran, TJSF Program Director:

For the last three years Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras (Day Laborer Theater Without Boarders) has put up a Pastorela Jornalera, an artistic tour of ten presentations in day laborer centers and public spaces in the city of Los Angeles.

It is an end of the year tradition for the Teatro Jornalero members to recreate the journey the shepherds embarked on to Bethlehem, for La Pastorela (The Nativity play). Through community circles the members share their anecdotes, personal stories, and traditions that are practiced during the Christmas time in their countries of origin. These stories give life to the colloquial dialogues of each of the characters that are represented by the voices and images of the laborers and home workers.

Dec 12
Pasadena Day Labor Center, 501 Lake AVE. Pasadena, CA
9am – 10am

Dec 13
Cipress Park Comunity Job Center
2055 North Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA. 90065
8am – 10am

Dec 16
Downtown Community Job Center, 1301 Main St. Suite 206 LA. 90015
8am – 10am

Dec 16
Pancho Villa – CAC
2202 Long Beach Blvd. Long Beach CA. 90086
6:30pm – 8pm

Dec 17
Latinos En Accion, 905 Atlantic Ave. Lutheran Church Long Beach 90813
6:30pm – 8pm

Dec 19
Harbor City Day Labor Site, 1301 N. Figueroa Place Wilmington, CA. 90744
8am – 10am

Dec 20
Hollywood Community Job Center, 5669 West De Longpre Ave Hollywood CA 90038
10am – 12pm


We’re thrilled to announce that Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras will be featured on Artbound’s new episode, “Without Borders/Sin Fronteras” broadcasting on KCET this Thursday, October 16 at 9 p.m. PST.

Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras traveled to Guatemala City earlier this year for a 4-week cultural exchange with Guatemalan theater company iiK. This collaboration engaged people who were deported to Guatemala and enabled them to share their experiences through theater. Click here for more details.

A LOT Downtown 2014

Thank you for joining us for performances of ‘Sueños Sin Fronteras’ at A LOT Downtown! Click here to see the video.


Dreams Without Borders

“My God! Don’t let them return me to my country, how can I return with my hands empty?”

At the Lancaster Detention Center, immigrants are held as they await word on their fate in the United States. Over a 24-hour period, marked by a clock that counts down the hours and a sporadic call of a disembodied voice, the characters recall their journeys across the border and the events that unfolded as they started a new life away from their homeland.
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 Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras makes common cause with Santa Rosa’s the Imaginists

Read the full article here!