North High School theater coach José Mercado loves working with his kids, but he occasionally gives adult actors the benefit of his directing skills. His latest effort, Beyond the Border, is a labor of love that pushed him to piece together an exploration of illegal immigration and cultural identity for the local Stories on Stage dramatic reading series.
Mercado turned to recent events, including Denver's May 1 pro-immigration march, for fodder, but Beyond the Border is also born of the culture clash that produced him: the union of his Guadalajaran immigrant father and well-rooted New Mexican mother.
Shows are at 7:30 p.m. tonight and 1 and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Schomp Theater, Denver School of the Arts, 7111 Montview Boulevard; for tickets, $25, call 303-494-0523 or go to www.storiesonstage.org.
Fri., May 19, 7:30 p.m.; Sat., May 20, 1 & 7:30 p.m.