Written by Andrea Thome
Directed by José Zayas
Original Music by Sinuhé Padilla

World Premiere: February 6-March 28, 2020

Thank you to the Venturous Theater Fund!

En Garde Arts created a video of Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) during our La MaMa premiere and we are so grateful to the Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation for an emergency grant that allowed us to fund over 150 virtual tickets to the show.

If you’d like to learn more about the creative team and the making of the show, check out the Fandango episode of our Uncommon Voices series on ALL ARTS:

Fandango was a NYT Critic’s Pick!

Fandango will be touring to the Center for Performing Arts at Penn State and UMD in September 2020. We hope to see you there!

“The fandango is community.
The fandango, for centuries, has been the container for everything the community is living through.
It’s integrated people’s feelings, hopes, and fears.
The fandango migrated, and I migrated with the fandango.
El fandango emigró, y yo emigré con el fandango.” – Sinuhé Padilla

About the Show

Inspired by interviews with undocumented immigrants from Latin America living in New York, the piece will take the form of a fandango, a community celebration where stories are brought to life through live performance, music, and dance.

On the eve of city-wide ICE raids, a group of immigrants gather in an undisclosed community center in NYC for a fandango. As fear encroaches — fear for family left behind in their home countries, fear for loved ones in the middle of their dangerous journey to New York, fear of leaving the sanctuary of the community center simply just get a bag of ice — a sense of camaraderie builds between the participants. Strangers become friends, friends become family, and the fandango plays on.


Carlo Albán, Jen Anaya, Silvia Dionicio, Andrés Quintero, Frances Ines Rodriguez, and Roberto Tolentino


Sinuhé Padilla and Tania Mesa

Creative Team

Scenic & Projection Design
Johnny Moreno
Lighting Design
Lucrecia Briceno
Costume Design
Fabian Fidel Aguilar
Sound Design
Marcelo Añez
Alexandra Beller

Elsie Stark/ Stark Naked Productions
Mariana Carreño King
Stage Management
Carolina Arboleda
Community Engagement Coordinators
Gabriel Torres
Norberto Troncoso

The performances will be in English and Spanish with supertitles, making it fully accessible to Spanish and English-speaking audiences. We’re also partnering with the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs who will have a booth at select performances, which will provide both immigrants and allies with resources and actionable steps.

Free tickets are offered to audience members who bring their jaranas and participate in the fandango during this theatrical celebration!

Press from the five borough tour of the show in February/ March 2020 can be found here.

We’re grateful to all the actors who have contributed their time and talent to the development of the piece since its inception in 2017: Carlo Alban, Sonia de los Santos, Laura Gómez, Claudia Logan, Janio Marrero, Rocío Mendez, Andrés Muñar, José Joaquín Pérez, Tonya Pinkins, Diana Pou, Emma Ramos, Liz Ramos, Reza Salazar, Efrén Sánchez, Gabriel Torres, Rocky Vega, Rosanny Zayas

Support for the piece comes from

Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) was developed, in part, with assistance from the Orchard Project, Ari Edelson, Artistic Director

Advisory Counsel

Eileen Reyes Arias, Luis Reyes Cardeñas, Zafi Dimitropoulou, Richard Geduldig, Jacqueline Hernandez, Arturo O’Farrill, Jack Rico

Development History

May – September 2017
Andrea Thome conducted, transcribed and translated interviews with undocumented immigrants from Latin America living in New York
November 19, 2017
First public reading of the piece at Joe’s Pub, which was followed by a facilitated panel discussion moderated by Raquel Almazán
June 29 – July 9, 2018
The Creative Team was awarded a residency at The Orchard Project to continue development
December 13, 2018
Staged Reading now incorporating original songs by Sinuhé Padilla
Musicians: Argelia Arreola, Rudyck Vidal, Ximena Violante
January – June 2019
Continued development with actors and a focus on the music

Sometimes I think we are afraid of our own complexity (as individuals and as a country), and instead of embracing the multiplicity, which is our nature and our history, we reject it, run away from it towards a simpler story, a myth of our history as one of homogeneity. But the truth of our history–our story as a nation–is quite the opposite. We have always been a site of multiplicity, of many worldviews, cultures, people, voices, interacting and creating something new.
Andrea Thome

Creative Team Bios

Andrea Thome

Andrea Thome (playwright) is a Chilean/Costa Rican-American playwright. Her play Pinkolandia, received the Lark Play Development Center’s Launching New Plays fellowship and a rolling world premiere at INTAR, Austin’s Salvage Vanguard Theater, Two River Theater (NJ), and 16th Street Theater (Chicago). For the Public Theater, Thome created Troy with Public Works’ ACTivate Ensemble. Her plays include Undone (Queens College, Victory Gardens, Lark), Worm Girl (Cherry Red Productions). Her play translations have been produced by the Public, CTG, La Jolla Playhouse and others. Thome co-directs FULANA, an all-Latina satire collective, and has directed the Lark’s Mexico-U.S. Playwright Exchange Program since 2006. She’s a 2017 resident with SPACE on Ryder Farm and Keen Company, and was a New Dramatists resident from 2009-2016.

Sinuhé Padilla

Sinuhé Padilla (composer & choreographer) is a Mexican musicologist, producer, composer, and artistic director. As Founder of Jarana Records, he has released productions for Sonia de los Santos, Adela y Lupita, Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, Mireya Ramos, Shae Fiol, Veronica Valerio, Sonando Sur, Bilingual Birdies, and Jarana Beat. He has directed Jarana Beat, winner of Best Folk Contemporary Band at the Mexican Music Awards 2015 and has received recognition from NYC for his contribution to Latin culture. He served as music writer and producer for National Geographic, Mundo (Firmes), Storyhunter TV, and The United Nations. Sinuhé leads fandangos across the country.

José Zayas

José Zayas (director) has directed over 100 productions in NYC, as well as regionally and internationally. Credits include: The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir (BAM, Mass MoCa, US and European Tour), A Nonesuch Celebration (BAM), In The Name of Salome, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, The House of the Spirits (Repertorio Español). He has premiered work by Caridad Svich, Thomas Bradshaw, Duncan Sheik, Taylor Mac, Andrea Thome, Marco Antonio Rodriguez, Saviana Stanescu, Rob Urbinati, Catherine Filloux, Gerardo Cardenas, among others. Drama League Fellow, Lincoln Center’s Director’s Lab, SoHo Rep Writers/Director’s Lab, NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors, lifetime member of EST, Resident Director: Repertorio Español. Born in Puerto Rico, Zayas graduated from Harvard and Carnegie Mellon. www.josezayasdirector.com

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