Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) at Lehman Stages
An En Garde Arts Production
Written by Andrea Thome
Directed by José Zayas
Music by Sinuhé Padilla
“Beautifully embodied by a winning ensemble” – Raven Snook, Time Out
“A heartfelt, informative and accomplished exploration of its controversial topic” – Darryl Reilly, Theatre Scene
“Grounded in the values of empathy, community, and resistance to oppression and dehumanization, Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) feelingly expresses both the joy and heartache that infuse its characters’ experiences.” – John R. Ziegler and Leah Richards, Thinking Theater NYC
Inspired by interviews with undocumented immigrants from Latin America living in New York, Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes) will take the form of a fandango, a community celebration where stories are brought to life through live performance, music, and dance.
On the eve of city-wide ICE raids, a group of immigrants gather in an undisclosed community center in NYC for a fandango. As fear encroaches — fear for family left behind in their home countries, fear for loved ones in the middle of their dangerous journey to New York, fear of leaving the sanctuary of the community center simply just get a bag of ice — a sense of camaraderie builds between the participants. Strangers become friends, friends become family, and the fandango plays on.