Consciousness Raising Theater from Mexico

“La Casa Rosa” tells the story of the necessity and difficulty of finding a way forward for every community impacted by free trade and migration. Drawing inspiration from the real lives and experiences of a group of women from the town of Tetlanohcan, Mexico, the play is the tale of two sisters struggling for control of their ancestral land and for the realization of their very distinct definitions of development and visions for the future of their world. How do we protect what matters? How do we address a system that seems intent on limiting our options? How do we find common ground and a better quality of life?
September Program
All performances are FREE
  • Monday, September 20th, 7-9 PM at Yale (theater located inside Morse College and Ezra Stiles College) off Tower Parkway, New Haven, CT.
  • Saturday September 25th, 2-4 PM at Queens Art Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, New York.
  • Sunday September 26th, 3-5 PM at Intar, 500 West 52nd Street 4th floor, New York, NY.
  • Monday September 27th, 7-9 PM at Intar, 500 West 52nd Street 4th floor, New York, NY
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Family Reunification
(more pics to come!)

Woman's Theater Project comes to the United States After Battle with State Dept
"La Casa Rosa" and Families Without Borders Break Barriers, Reunite Families
families without borders

New Haven, CT / New York, NY (Jul 27, 2010) After a protracted battle with the U.S. State Department, visas have finally been issued for the members of Soame Citlalime, an all-female theater group from Mexico that has developed "La Casa Rosa" ("The Pink House"), an immigration play. The United States premier performance will take place at Wings Theater on Sunday, August 8th, at 7pm (154 Christopher Street, New York, NY).

"La Casa Rosa" is a collaboration between The Institute for Social and Cultural Practice and Research (IIPSOCULTA), The Migrant Family Support Center (CAFAMI), and Carlton Industries. It arrives in the United States this summer as part of the "Families Without Borders" tour, a multi-state program of workshops and presentations. The productions' goal is to break cultural borders by assembling audiences from all backgrounds to discuss the realities of a globalized world, and to literally reunite the cast of "La Casa Rosa" with their family members working in the United States, many of whom they haven't seen in over 10 years.

How do we protect what's important? How do we advance in a system designed to limit our options? How do we find common ground when the world is intent on keeping us apart?

"La Casa Rosa" is the lesser-told side of the immigration story - that of those left behind. Set against a backdrop of the mysterious disappearance of a local youth and a popular struggle in a rural community, "La Casa Rosa" follows the story of two sisters vying for the control of their ancestral land. In it, two very different visions are realized and the answers to vital ethical questions are approached. Subtitled "Fighting for a Future in a Free Trade World," the play's U.S. tour was stopped by the State Department due to objections regarding the group's mission and the play's content. Visas were finally granted on July 1st after support was offered from New Haven Mayor John Destefano and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro.


APRIL, 2010


MARCH 30th, UCONN (Storrs, Connecticut)

APRIL 8th, The Brecht Forum (New York City)

April 10th, Fairhaven Public Library, (New Haven, CT)

On March 8 the group Soame Citlalime of Tetlanohcan, Mexico went to the US embassy in Mexico City to apply for a temporary visitor’s visa to present their original play “La Casa Rosa” as part of their “Families Without Borders” tour, which was sponsored by educational institutions, cultural organizations and theaters in New York and Connecticut. The play is the result of a year of political organizing by the citizens of this small village and sends a powerful message about confronting the forces at work in their community and the steps we all need to take in finally ending undocumented migration to the United States. Despite ample documentation of the project and letters of invitation from city officials, community leaders and faculty from several universities, the application was denied for all 30 members of the group without grounds or explanation.

IIPSOCULTA U.S. and Carlton Industries, in partnership with sponsoring organizations, are announcing a day of action to support the appeal of this unjust decision. Concerned citizens from all over the city will gather to watch a brief documentary on the history, process and struggle of the project, observe a minute of silence on the stage where the play would have been presented, engage in a dialogue about immigration and trade practices, and participate in a direct action to pressure the government to overturn the decision.

What are the forces that cause undocumented migration?

Who really benefits from a militarized border?

How do we ensure security and justice for ourselves and our neighbors?

Show your support for honest dialogue, transparent government and end to this humanitarian crisis. They can militarize our border, but they can’t silence our voices.


March, 2010



—Thirty Taxcalan women await visas granting them the unique opportunity to tour the country in a play that tackles the very issues faced in their every-day lives—

New York, NY (March, 2010)— In an effort to generate awareness of the true nature of the struggle of communities affected by US migration, The Migrant Family Support Center (CAFAMI) of San Francisco Tetlanohcan — a rural community in the state of Tlaxcala, Mexico — in partnership with New York City-based theater company Carlton Industries, today announced the anticipated schedule for it’s Spring 2010 Families without Borders Tour of the original play “La Casa Rosa,” a story of the search for the way forward for a group of Mexican women as the impact of free trade and migration to the United States descends on their community.

The fate of the tour hinges upon final approval of the visa applications currently in review for the 30 Taxcalan women who make up the Soame Citlalime performance troupe of the Families without Borders Tour. The troupe was created as a means to build awareness of the affects of migration on their local community and to provide its members with a direct action against the system that they would have otherwise felt powerless to take on.

Drawing inspiration from the real lives and experiences the women of Tetlanohcan, “La Casa Rosa” conveys their collective testimonies through a single tale of two sisters struggling for control of their ancestral land and for the realization of their very distinct and conflicting definitions of development and progress. How do we move forward when life is determined to push us back? How do we protect what matters in a system that seems intent on limiting our options? How do we find common ground in a world desperate to keep us apart?

The play was written by Daniel Carlton, who created it with the women through an exploratory process of improvisation. The project was developed in partnership with the Institute for Social and Cultural Practice and Research (IIPSOCULTA), which had for years sought to create an original script addressing these issues.

“Telling our personal stories is our most basic human instinct and our most basic human right,’ said Carlton. “Unfortunately, it’s a withered instinct and a hindered right as we are encouraged to sit passively back as receptacles for the consumption of corporate entertainment. In this project we take a small step forward in reclaiming that right and reinvigorating that instinct.”

IIPSOCULTA is a Mexico-based non-profit organization founded by community-activist Marco Castillo in 2001 in an effort to establish equity and justice for Latin Americans through education, organizing, and solidarity work. Castillo also established IIPSOCULTA U.S. in New Haven, Connecticut, which works under the same mission and provides training and support for immigrants working and living in the United States.

Another core objective of this organization is really to bring to light the fact that Latin Americans coming to the states are capable of more than just manual labor,” said Castillo. “These people have artistic talents, ideas and creative capabilities that should introduce them to other industries as well, but the stereotype of a Mexican immigrant is so strong here in the States, that seeing these individuals as anything more than labor workers seems like a distant notion…”

For more information and a detailed season performance schedule for “La Casa Rosa,” please see schedule below. To learn more about IIPSOCULTA, its mission, and its numerous community inititatives, please visit

  1. Tuesday, March 30th @ 2pm - UCONN STORRS (UConn Storrs Student Union)
  2. Wednesday, April 7th, @ 7pm - YALE UNIVERSITY (New Haven, CT). Ezra Stiles College Masters House
  3. Thursday, April 8th, @ 7pm - BRECHT FORUM (451 West Street, New York City.)
  4. Saturday, April 10th, @ 2pm - FAIRHAVEN PUBLIC LIBRARY (182 Grand Ave, New Haven, CT)
  5. Monday, April 12th, @7pm - FAIRHAVEN MIDDLE SCHOOL (184 Grant Ave, New Haven, CT)
  6. Thursday, April 15th, 7om - QUEENS MUSEUM OF ART (Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing, Queens, NY)
(Click on Links for Directions.)
All Performances Are FREE (Donations Accepted)