El Carne King of Vallarta

NOVEMBER 12-20, 2021

When Rosaura travels from El Lago de Toluca to seek vengeance on her former lover, she arrives at the backroom of Vallarta where she stumbles into a dreamlike world of fractured family. El Carne King is about to hand over his throne to his rightful heir, a son whom he has imprisoned in the meat freezer since birth. On the eve of his coronation, he finally releases him to see if he is up to the task, only to discover that, without parenting, his son is a wild animal who thinks nothing of human life. An epic battle ensues, where swords, meat axes, shopping cart horses, and piñata bombs fly...and yet forgiveness, compassion, and the bonds of family reign supreme.

Using Pedro Calderón de la Barca's classic Spanish play Life is a Dream and Dallas-based playwright Annie R. Such's modern adaptation as launching points, LA Mission College creates its own comedic take on this epic tale. By setting it in the storeroom of a Vallarta Supermarket and infusing it with the culture, language, people, and music of the Northeast San Fernando Valley, LA Mission Theatre Arts returns to live production with an energetic spectacle that speaks to our community.

Jackie Lopez as Rosaura
Alex Boch as Clarin
John Barron as Segismundo
Philip Mejia as Clotaldo
Erick Tlatenchi as Astolfo
Monserrat Lopez as Estrella
Ted Peszynski as Basilio

Abraham Cortez as Jesus
Natalie Arrendondo as Mary


Robert Cucuzza


Natalie Morales (guest artist)

Lena Sands

Bri Pattillo

Danny Arzate