El Che Cast

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Elisa Gonzales (Maria Antonia/Alieda) is a third-year graduate student in the MFA Theatre Performance program at Arizona State University.  She has performed regionally with companies such as San Diego Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.  At ASU, Elisa most recently appeared as “Stella” in A Streetcar Named Desire and “Mary”in the world-premiere of on display.  Elisa is a certified assistant teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework.  She is the founder and director of ¡Habla! AZ, a local non-profit arts organization dedicated to creating original theatre with and for the Latino/a community.  Elisa holds a BFA in Acting from Emerson College.

 

 

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James E. Garcia (Fidel Castro) is a journalist, playwright and a Valley-based media and communications consultant. An accomplished playwright and theater producer, he is the founder and producing artistic director of New Carpa Theater Co. His most recent works include “Mallecho” (a modern adaptation of Hamlet), “American Dreamer: The Life & Times of Raul H. Castro”, and “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Culture Wars (But Were Afraid to Ask)”. His upcoming work, “Land of a Thousand Dances” will be staged at the Herberger Theater Center’s Lunchtime Theater Aug. 8-18. James is proud to play the role of Fidel Castro in Marcelino Quiñonez’s bold new work, “El Che”. To complete his Castro character trilogy, James hopes next to be cast in the seminal, bureaucratic toe-tapper, “U.S. Housing Secretary Julian Castro: The Musical.”

 

 

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Javier Stefano De Vita (Rodriguez) is a Venezuelan actor, director, and producer. As an MFA performance student at ASU he has performed in plays such: “She Kills Monsters” (2016), “The Hour we Knew Nothing of Each Other” and “[DE/AS]cending,” (2015); also in the capstone films, “Nun Cop” (2015) and “Receiver” (2016). Recently, he participated in the IMDB film “Witch Child” (2016), and played El Che in the musical “EVITA” (2015), with the Tuscany Theatre. His work in Venezuela includes recognition as director, producer and designer for many plays, important international theater festivals and several academic artistic projects focused on J. Grotowski’s legacy.

 

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Joseph Kremer (Walker) is extremely honored to be performing in this important production of Che. Since 2002 he has worked with nearly every theatre company in the valley, along with winning 5 Arizoni Theatre Awards for Best Actor, achieving “Best Actor in Phoenix” by the New Times, and has also been in numerous films & TV commercials in both the US and abroad. Joseph would like to thank his friends, family, the crew, and the cast for being so incredibly amazing and giving. ¡La lucha continúa!

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Ethan (Dariel) is a rising sophomore at the Arizona School for the Arts, where he is a theater major. He has been privileged to appear in numerous theater productions in the Valley over the last few years: Winward, Little Mermaid (VYT – Herberger); Seymour, Little Shop of Horrors (ASA); Emmet Forest, Legally Blonde (MTA); Warner, Legally Blonde (DST); Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh Xmas Tail (VYT); a Bad Idea Bear, Avenue Q (DFT); Head Rabbi, 13 Musical (TW); and a Lost Boy, Peter Pan (VYT – Herberger). Ethan is a member of both ASA’s and VYT’s (HaHas) Improv Troupes. Ethan spends his free time drumming with his rock band, Drowning Sirens. Ethan would like to thank Marcelino Quiñonez for this opportunity to work on such an important production regarding a significant 20th century icon.

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Dilcia Yáñez Rokusek (Hilda) is thrilled to be joining the cast of “El Che.” In addition to acting, Dilcia is a theater and swing dance instructor. She has acted in various productions throughout the valley, including Hale Center Theater, Black Theater Troupe, and Phoenix Theater. Many thanks to Marcelino and all those involved in bringing this story to life.

 

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Marcelino Quiñonez (Playwright/Che Guevara) Marcelino earned his B.A. and MFA in Theatre from Arizona State University. As a professional actor, he has performed in lead roles with Phoenix Actors Theatre, Tempe’s Childsplay, Arizona Jewish Theatre Company, Teatro Bravo!, New Carpa Theatre and ASU Public Events. Marcelino has also served as an adjunct professor of theatre at Arizona State University and South Mountain Community College. His play “El Che” was published as part of an anthology titled “Latina/o Heritage on Stage: Dramatizing Heroes and Legends.” He has received multiple awards and recognitions for his work in the community including appearing on the cover of TIME Magazine in an issue dedicated to the importance of the Latino vote. Marcelino was elected to serve on the Roosevelt School District Governing Board in 2012. La vida es bella.

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Matthew Wiener (director) is thrilled to be collaborating on EL CHE. For almost 20 years he was the Producing Artistic Director at Actors Theatre of Phoenix where he produced over 100 shows and directed almost 50. Prior to that he was the Associate Artistic Director for Arizona Theatre Company. He has also directed at North Coast Repertory Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Childsplay, Arizona Jewish Theatre Company, The Fulton Theatre, The Children’s Theatre Company, and others. He was a founding board member of Arizona Theatre Alliance and has served on panels for Theatre Communications Group, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Tucson/Pima Arts Council and the Nevada Arts Council. Matthew holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.