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Fresh off their sold-out Off-Broadway run, LATINA CHRISTMAS SPECIAL is 

a critically acclaimed new hybrid holiday comedy that blends stand-up with theatrical storytelling starring three comedian friends: Sandra Valls (Showtime's "Latin Divas of Comedy"), Maria Russell (TruTVs "Tacoma FD") and Diana Yanez (Margaret Cho's "Sensuous Woman").

a COMEDY
for our times!
(PG-13)
"A twist on Dickens! ...hilarious and
heart-wrenching...CRITIC'S CHOICE!"
— Los Angeles Times
"...a universally heartfelt, hilarious,
and insightful show."
— New  York Daily News
"TOP SHOWS...add a little spice in
your eggnog!"
— Time Out NY Magazine
a show for the
52 MILLION Latinos
in America & THE PEOPLE
WHO LOVE THEM!

Rewriting the holiday standard

with spicy originality!

A HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE

in the style of:

"Critic's Choice" and

"Things to do in LA!"

5 YEARS IN A ROW!

 

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SYNOPSIS

"...laugh-out-loud-trio."
— Alegria Magazine
"...Universal Appeal. A poignant play, a goofy spirited, lark...with just enough tears to offset the sweetness. — Theatermania

SYNOPSIS

Three sassy BFFs get together for a holiday gathering, down plenty of tequila and share embarrassing childhood photos. After a toast, Mexiunian (Mexican-Lithuanian American) Maria confesses to every hilarious detail of her overprotective and controlling Mexican mother’s behavior. Maria also reveals that she was heavily bullied as a child, and thanks to her fierce mother, that girl “stopped bullying me. After my mom threatened her life… in church… with a machete.” Maria’s story inspires Diana to reveal her complex Cuban-American childhood. “Christmas at Casa Yanez was always haunting… disturbing...and traumatic.” She describes the sheer chaos of her childhood with her traumatized parents who had barely escaped Fidel Castro’s deadly take-over. Big drama was a part of every holiday as illustrated by Diana when she tells one of her most hilariously disturbing memories - the Christmas her family was attacked by a giant flying cockroach! These high-spirited tales inspire Sandra to share her Christmas experience as a queer child growing up Catholic in a Mexican border-town household in Laredo, Texas. Besides the usual yuletide anxiety experienced by most first-generation Hispanic-Americans - “we were nothing like the white people on TV” - young Sandra wonders if her parents will “get it, that I liked boy toys, not girl toys.” And when her mom was diagnosed with a rare terminal disease, it was this journey as a caretaker that gave Sandra a new perspective. She realizes that it’s not always “what we have to do, but what we get to do.” Having shared their stories, all three women connect with the universal truth that families and holidays are hard, but not without their joy, wonder, and hilarity.

LATINA CHRISTMAS SPECIAL fosters understanding among different Hispanic groups and promotes tolerance in America through humor and the sharing of the universal experiences of childhood. 

"...laugh yourself silly! Continues to make audiences laugh, touch their hearts &...hold family close."
— LatinHeat.com
Think tequila, music, laughs and Feliz Navidad...my personal year-end favorite."
— NYC's Original City Guide
 

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VIDEOS

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highlight maria

highlight clips 1

highlight sandra

highlight clips 2

highlight DIANA

 

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PRESS

 
This is a small sampling of the positive press that LCS has received. 
To see audience rave reviews,
please see our Facebook profile or check out Show-Score.com
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CNN

TELEMUNDO

KTLA NEWS

NPR-audioOnlyCast of Latina Christmas Special
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fox 11 NEWS

 

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TEAM

 

diana yanez
Creator / Writer / Performer

 

MARIA RUSSELL
Writer / Performer

 

SANDRA VALLS
Writer / Performer

 

LATINA CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

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GEOFFREY RIVAS
Director / Producer

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MATTHEW QUINN

Producer

 
 
 

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SPECS

Stage Production - General
Set
  • Bar
  • Sofa
  • Coffee Table
  • Piano / Keyboard
Personnel
  • tech person(s) to run show (sound / light / video cues)
  • lighting designer
  • house manager
  • box office
Tech
  • Computer with Qlab
  • Microphone
  • Monitor
  • Plug in for electric keyboard if needed
  • projector
  • projector screen

 

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