SEASON 31 | May 2019

reading of mas cara

By Krysta Gonzalez

“God help you if you’re La Virgen - Coatlicue - Llorona - La Sucia all at once. God help you if you’re as real as my guelita.”

The VORTEX invites you to a free reading of Mas Cara by Krysta Gonzales.  Mas Cara is in development as the featured play of FuturX, the 2nd annual festival of new and avant-garde LatinX performance. Over the summer, the playwright will be working with Austin artists to refine the play that debuts at The VORTEX November 1, 2019.

Named to the 50 Playwrights’ Project list of Top Unproduced LatinX Plays of 2017, Krysta Gonzales’s Más Cara uses language, movement and visual art to explore the complexities and contradictions of Latina womanhood. Isabel is trapped in a bad marriage, held there by a young daughter and memories of better days, but never fear: her comadres are here, on earth as they are in heaven. The goddesses Coatlicue and Tonantzin (don’t call her La Virgen of Guadalupe, she’s over that) will take on Dios himself in her name, with La Llorona waiting in the wings to give advice on how to get some “me time.” Together, they interweave the archetypes that have shaped the lives of Latinas for centuries into a vision that one woman will share with her daughters and all the women who come after.

ABOUT THE playwright

Krysta Gonzales is a Los Angeles based writer, voiceover artist, and actor originally from Texas. She received her BFA in Acting from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU where she studied experimental theatre. Más Cara received a workshop reading with Teatro Vivo in 2016 and was included in the 50 Playwrights Project's list of the Best Unproduced Latinx Plays of 2017. Krysta is a member of the VORTEX Repertory Company, where her first full-length play, Robin Hood: An Elegy, debuted in 2015 in partnership with GenEnCo. Her first radio play, When You KnoW, You KnoW, was released by the Distilled Theatre Company out of San Diego this year.