Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Crystal City 1969 commemorates anniversary of historic walkout

The Little Theatre - 11/24/13 - 11/24/13

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590


The year is 1969. The place is Crystal City, Texas. Mexican-American students want the same opportunities as other students in their high school. They want the chance to be a cheerleader, band member, athlete or Homecoming Queen, something that was almost exclusively reserved for non-Hispanic students. What followed was a student walkout that gained national attention and support.

Crystal City 1969 is a play written by David Lozano and Raul Trevino that commemorates the 40th anniversary of that historic student walkout. Students and guests performers from the art, communication and theatre department at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will present the play in four performances, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Nov. 20-22, with a matinee show at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, all in the Little Theatre.

A reception will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in the Ben Bailey Art Gallery to honor members of the group from Crystal City. Jose Angel Gutierrez, Jose Mata and others will be in attendance at the reception. The event is free and open to the public.

The play is directed by Corey Ranson, assistant professor and director of theatre activities. Admission is free as this play is part of the Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series. The play is rated PG-13. For more information, call 361-593-3401.

Members of the cast are as follows-- 

Jerry Trevino, a guest artist from Corpus Christi, plays the part of Viejo Antonio; 

Luis Aguilar, a freshman music education major from Rio Grande City, will play Roberto, Don Jose, Padre #1, Elder Campesino and Borracho #1. Aguilar is in the Pride of South Texas Marching Band and the Trombone Choir; 

Lauren Lomas Bunch, a sophomore business management major from Kingsville, will play the part of Lupe. She has been in Same as Sarah, Broadway in the Brush, The Toby Show, Once Upon a Mattress and Playing with Toys

Jessica Cochran, a pre-med student from Skidmore, will play the part of La Teacher and Marsha; 

James Taylor Maupin IV, a guest artist from Falfurrias, will play El Principal, El Superintendent, El Sailor Man and Ranger Alley. He is a graduate of A&M-Kingsville and performed in American Buffalo, Godspell and Boxcar

Isabel Perez, a sophomore criminology major from Austin, will play Severita; 

Chris Cuellar, a freshman mechanical engineering major from Mercedes, will play the part of Mario;

Virginia “Ginny” Puentes, a freshman chemical engineering major from Louise, will play Diana; 

Stephanie Villarreal, a freshman vocal performance major from Alice, will play Mina; 

Jennifer Sanchez, a sophomore history major from Edcouch Elsa, will play Blanca and La Calavera; 

Miguel “Cosmo” Venegas, a senior theatre arts and communications major from Pharr, will play Don Gabino, Don David, Borracho #2, El Counselor and El Teacher. He has previously performed in Boxcar, Little Shop of Horrors, Godspell, Sins of Sor Juana and I Hate Hamlet

Michael Mendez, a senior communications major from Corpus Christi, will play Armando, Young Campesino and Don Ventura. He has previously been seen in Tommy, Godspell, The Boys Next Door, Bethlehem, Sylvia and Once Upon a Mattress

Buddy Trevino, a guest artist, will play El Patron, El Judge, El Trustee and Rep. George H.W. Bush; 

Mary Lou Ranson, a guest artist from Fort Worth, will play Dona Irene, Dona Olivia, Madre #1 and Diablito;

Gage Roberts, a sophomore theatre major from Kingsville, will play Don Chemita, Borracho #3 and Pedro Infante. He has previously acted in Once Upon a Mattress, Same as Sarah, ‘Dentity Crisis, Noises Off and God of Carnage;

Michael Garza will play Alex; 

Vanessa L. Valdez, a senior communication sciences and disorders major from Coppell, will play Libby and Luz. She has appeared in Once Upon a Mattress, Blood Wedding and Tempest

Nickolus “Nicko” Villarreal, a freshman electrical engineering major from Somerset, will play Jose Angel; 

Mario Orlando Flores, a senior theatre major from Odem, will play the part of Rick, El Grocer, Sen. Ralph Yarborough and Ranger Jackson. He has previously been in Tommy, Las Cartas and Noises Off

John Daniel Garza Jr., a senior music education major from Brownsville, will be the percussionist for the production. He is a member of the Pride of South Texas Marching band, Jazz Band II and Percussion Studio; 

Victoria Lichtenberger, a sophomore communications major from Freer, is part of the chorus; 

and Benito Latigo is the stage manager. 

About the Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series

The Presidential Performing and Visual Arts Series is a year-long program of art, music and theatre performances that bring culture and variety to Kingsville for faculty, staff, students and community audiences. The series strives to provide a new element of learning outside the classroom for students as they are entertained and educated through diverse mediums. Community members are welcome to continue life-long learning by attending these events.


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