Enrique Vazquez gets his makeup ready to perform. Photo Estela Moler; Courtesy Teatro Mitote y Cine

Under the premise that theater is the largest mirror where all passions, habits, faults and other aspects of the human spirit are reflected, the theater company Teatro Mitote y Cine comes all the way from Arizona to present the play “To Each Their Own Mexican.”

This play will be presented on Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA’s theater). The play promises a fun evening filled with irony and controversy over the behaviors and social multiplicity of “The Mexican,” as a subject, and by extension “The Latin American.”

The theater troupe’s director, José Antonio Ocegueda, has over 20 years of experience writing and producing original scripts for theater and film. His passion has led him to experiment with all theater-related activities, from being a screenwriter, producer and director, to working as an actor in the scenes he writes himself.

The word “Mitote”—from which the troupe derives its name—is rooted in the Nahuatl language spoken in Mexico and Central America, and the word “mitotl” means raucous party or community celebration.

Actors Juan Cuevas, Jose A. Ocegueda and Samuel Ruvalcaba share the stage. Photo Gonzalo Vilchis; Courtesy Teatro Mitote y Cine

According to theater reviews “To Each Their Own Mexican” underlines the continuous search for Mexican and Latin American identity with its representations of irreverent cultural traditions included in the script.

The suggested similarities between Mexican and Latin American individuals are based on the fact that these individuals share language and culture, as well as the history, ideologies, governments and similar problems, which have left an indelible mark on their identity.

Teatro Mitote y Cine will also be offering an Intensive Workshop on Acting and Theater for anyone interested in learning about the various aspects of this art.

The workshop will be held at the MCCLA on May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the four hours of classes will include teaching tools and practicing techniques for acting, performance and stage presence, as well as techniques on how to prepare for theater, film and commercial auditions.

No previous experience is required to attend the workshop, and the cost will be $20. For more information on the Intensive Workshop on Acting and Theater, call (602)425-3515 or email: teatromitoteycine@gmail.com.

The play will be entirely in Spanish and tickets are $15 ($12 for youth and seniors with ID). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit MCCLA’s website at: http://www.missionculturalcenter.org/MCCLA_New/events.html#teatro