Family First

A Latino family struggles with life changes in Sunsets and Margaritas

From the start of his tenure as artistic director of the Denver Center Theatre Company, Kent Thompson has sought to give the company a strong regional voice, one in tune with a cultural constituency of many colors. To that end, he immediately gave a nod to Colorado’s Latino community, including a work by a Latino playwright in every season’s lineup. Although other theater companies had already given voice to this group, the DCTC has the power to push the material on a national level, which pays off in Denver, too. Last year’s Lydia, by Octavio Solis, is a case in point, since it garnered Pulitzer-worthy buzz on the East Coast.

This year, Thompson is presenting the family-friendly comedy Sunsets and Margaritas, a company-commissioned world premiere from José Cruz González, who also wrote September Shoes, a previous DCTC production. Sunsets, a funny and irreverent story about what happens when an aging Mexican-American patriarch plows his Cadillac into the family restaurant, opens tonight at 7:30 p.m. and continues daily except Sundays through May 16 in the Ricketson Theatre in the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

Tickets range from $25 to $50; to reserve yours, visit or call 303-893-4100.
Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: April 3. Continues through May 17, 2009

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