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This dynamic and inspirational work captures the nature of the immigrant experience. Written by composer and writer José "Pepe" Martínez, music director of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, and directed by Broadway director and author Leonard Foglia, who also wrote the lyrics, Cruzar de Cara de la Luna is a fusion of the traditions of mariachi songs and opera, both of which speak through music about love and loss, family and country.
Cruzar tells the story of a family divided and defined by the border they have crossed and re-crossed over several generations.
Laurentino, an octogenarian Mexican laborer, lays dying in his Houston home, surrounded by his family, longing for the family he left behind and lost many years before. The memory of his beloved wife, Renata, who died in an attempt to cross the border, fills his mind, and the opera proceeds in fluid shifts between past and present, English and Spanish, Mexico and Texas, as Laurentino's families and memories come together in a rich, vibrant mariachi score.