Holiday Classic Las Nuevas Tamaleras Returns to OLLU for 25th Anniversary Production


  • Courtesy of La Nuevas Tamaleras
After the passing of her mother, playwright and director Alicia Mena was moved to write Las Nuevas Tamaleras, a play that honors her mother’s legacy and preserves her family’s rich cultural traditions. Since its premiere in 1990 at Houston’s Latino Playwright Festival, Las Nuevas Tamaleras has become a holiday favorite performed around the state.

The one-act comedy centers on three Mexican-American women who try their hand at making tamales for the very first time. Things don’t go as planned, however, when the ghosts of legendary tamale experts Doña Juanita and Doña Mercedes decide to pay the three tamaleras a visit. An official Tricentennial partner event, this 25th anniversary production stars Mena (as Doña Mercedes) alongside Ruby Nelda Perez (as Doña Juanita), Patricia Zamora (as Sylvia), Sonya M. Rodriguez (as Josie) and Kristina Keller (as Patsy).

$15-$25, 8pm Fri Nov. 23-Sat Nov. 24, 3pm Sun Nov. 25 (through Dec. 9), Our Lady of the Lake University, Thiry Auditorium, 411 SW 24th St., (210) 223-2009,

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