“Guera” play on personal survival


Guera: A Daring and Truthful Experience

Borderlands Theater proudly presents Guera written and performed by Lisandra Tena.

International Director Rebeca Mayorga

Guera runs February 1-12, 2017.

Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theater, 330 S. Scott Ave. Tucson


“Structurally innovative and emotionally riGueraPhotoThreeveting, Guera is the nuanced, unflinching story of one young woman’s struggle to survive while growing up with a drug-addicted mother and an overwhelmed, alternately tender and violent father. Drawing on years of supporting herself as a waitress, Tena sets her story in a Mexican restaurant; as the waitress, she banters with the audience, inviting them to choose the evening’s scenes from the menu: from chips and salsa to dessert. Will it be “Mom’s Yard Sale” or “Promises, Promises”? “El Mexicano” or “The Talk”? With each selection, she serves up a vignette from her life, moving seamlessly from engaging hostess to the characters that defined her life.

No matter the combination of choices, the play has an arc, and the audience gets the same story, albeit through different vignettes.

While each performance is different, depending on the scenes selected, every performance is a riveting, emotionally charged experience, celebrating the tenacity and triumph of the human spirit.”

For more information go to guerashow.com


Temple of Music and Art Cabaret Theater, 330 S Scott Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701. Tickets: $7-$26 with various discounts.

2/1 – 7:30 pm Preview (HALF OFF All tickets $7$12!)

2/2- 7:30 pm Preview (HALF OFF All tickets $7/$12!)

2/3- 7:30 pm Opening Night Celebration: With light refreshments plus meet and greet the actors and director. ($26/$14)

2/4 – 7:30 pm ($14/$19.50/$23.50)guera_web2

2/5 – 2 pm Matinee ($14/$19.50/$23.50)

2/8 – 7:30 pm ($14/$19.50/$23.50)

2/9 – 7:30 pm ($14/$19.50/$23.50)

2/10 – 7:30 pm ($14/$19.50/$23.50)

2/11- 7:30 pm ($14/$19.50/$23.50)

2/12 – 2 pm Matinee ($14/$19.50/$23.50)



 (520) 882-7406.

 In person at 4O W. BROADWAY, TUCSON 85701.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).