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Tuesday, October 17, 2023


When you enter the theatre to see our beautiful production of American Mariachi, you are met with a towering wall that evokes the billboards and neon signs of 1970s Houston. This wall has been an exciting challenge for the Alley’s Lighting Team. Throughout the show, the wall changes colors, and various signs light up to cinematically transport the audience from place to place.

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

The Influence of 1970s Mexican-American Culture in Houston, Texas

The 1970s was a significant decade for Mexican-American culture in Houston. Houston was already deeply rooted in Hispanic heritage. The 1970s left a huge mark on Houston's identity. The decade impacted music and art to activism and community organizing. This profoundly shaped the city's cultural landscape.  

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Actor Orlando Arriaga Reflections on AMERICAN MARIACHI

Houston audiences deserve this show. Not only because of the abundance of mariachi culture here but because what it will mean to them.

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Celebrating Fearless Women in Mariachi: Breaking Boundaries with Passion and Talent 

Mariachi music has long been connected with male musicians in iconic charro suits. However, the landscape of mariachi is evolving. There is a powerful wave of fearless women redefining that narrative. These women are inspiring with their passion, talent, and unwavering valor.  

Friday, September 8, 2023

How the Alley Hand-Crafts The Wigs For AMERICAN MARIACHI

The wig department here at the Alley is already hard at work on American Mariachi. Set in the 1950s and 1970s, this production will use wigs to help indicate the passage of time. Our wigs also help the audience understand a character’s identity, age, and archetype.

Monday, August 28, 2023

Artistic Director’s Reflections on the Alley’s production of AMERICAN MARIACHI

I'm so excited to share José Cruz González's beautiful play with Houston audiences. It is filled with energy, heart, and gorgeous Mariachi music.

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

How The Alley uses Language Justice to Connect With its Community

Houston is a city that is more than 45% Hispanic. There are many social and economic barriers prevent these residents of all ages from feeling welcome inside Houston’s major arts institutions.

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

Crafting the Visual Identity of American Mariachi – A Conversation with Alley Theatre’s Senior Graphic Designer, Francisco Delgado

We chatted with Francisco Delgado, Alley Theatre's Senior Graphic Designer, about the graphic design process for our upcoming production of American Mariachi.

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Mariachis: The Evolution of Charro Suits

When you think of mariachi music, one image that likely comes to mind is the iconic charro suit. These vibrant outfits have become synonymous with mariachi culture.

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Discovering Mariachi Music: A Melodic Journey Through Time

Long ago, in the heartland of Mexico, a unique musical tradition was born. Mariachi music roots blend indigenous rhythms with Spanish influence. It was the music of rural communities. The genre reflects people's joys, sorrows, and everyday experiences.