Teatro Vivo Presents The Mexcentrics in Pulga Nation

· Salvage Vanguard Theater
· Thursday, March 07, 2013 to Saturday, March 09, 2013
· Thursdays-Saturdays, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m

Teatro Vivo Presents The Mexcentrics in Pulga Nation at the Salvage Vanguard Theater
 Play introduces an amusing look at La Pulga (the flea market), a Latino sensation.
Come prepared to laugh excessively in the Salvage Vanguard Theater March 7-9.

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 11, 2013 — Teatro Vivo kicks off 2013 with Pulga Nation, a new full-length sketch comedy show performed by comedy troupe Mexcentrics at Salvage Vanguard Theater March 7-9. Showcasing a vibrant cast in a series of original sketches, Pulga Nation offers a hilarious look at the Latino phenomenon known as La Pulga (the flea market).
“We want to offer audiences a ‘window to the world’ of Latino culture and Pulga Nation provides exactly that, plus a room full of laughter,” says JoAnn Reyes, executive director of Teatro Vivo.
Comedy veteran writers Omar Gallaga and Raul Garza crafted Pulga Nation much in the style of its namesake, relying on a tart mix of English, Spanish and Spanglish. They fearlessly skewer Latinos' mysterious attraction to the pulga's organ meats, religious articles, outdated electronics and quinceañera dresses. But that's just the tip of the raspa. Beyond the site-specific comedy of the crumbling pulga, Pulga Nation delivers sharp social commentary and unforgettable characters like the pulga's mero-mero (kingpin), La Haggler and several proud pulgueros (flea market shop owners), resulting in a sweetly irreverent look at a true cultural icon.
Performances are March 7-9, Thursdays-Saturdays, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at the Salvage Vanguard Theater. Admission is $10. Opening act is Shades of Brown, a Latino improv comedy group who have been performing together since 2010. Shades of Brown is a family with one common goal, to make you laugh. For tickets and information visit www.teatrovivo.org.
This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division. This project is also funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division, believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future; visit www.NowPlayingAustin.com
About the Mexcentrics:
Mexcentrics is an endeavor by Teatro Vivo to achieve its mission of offering audiences a window into the Latino community. Teatro Vivo assembled a team of award-winning performers, writers, and technical artists to create a theater experience that is at once timeless and undeniably in the moment. Although Mexcentrics is a new project, its creative team has collaborated for years on works ranging from touring one-act plays to acclaimed theatrical productions. The writers and performers of Mexcentrics reflect their common cultural insights, bringing to life the hilarious results of growing up Latino in Texas.
About Teatro Vivo:
Teatro Vivo (Spanish for “live theater”) has produced more than 25 bilingual plays since JoAnn Reyes and Rupert Reyes founded the company in 2000.