The Old Globe – El Borracho

| February 6, 2022 | 0 Comments

The Old Globe presents the cast and creative team for the world premiere of “El Borracho” by Tony Meneses (“Guadalupe in the Guest Room”) and directed by Edward Torres (world premiere of the critically acclaimed The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity). The five-week limited engagement, which began rehearsals today, runs from February 17 to March 20, 2022, with the opening on Thursday, February 24. El Borracho will play in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center (1363 Old Globe Way).

In “El Borracho,” Raul is ill. He drinks, because he always drinks, just like el borracho on the lotería card. In his final months, Raul moves in with his ex-wife, who swore she’d never see him again, and their son, who’s longing to connect with his father at last. Developed as part of the Globe’s 2020 Powers New Voices Festival, the world premiere of Tony Meneses’s vibrant dramedy follows one family’s journey to come together so they can finally say goodbye.

“El Borracho tells a story of family that sweeps from recrimination to redemption, suffused with music, vibrancy, and a great, great deal of love,” said Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein. 

“Playwright Tony Meneses celebrates his Mexican American heritage as he brings it center stage and fuses it with forms we’re familiar with in American drama, forging something special that we’ve not seen before. The play’s characters are fresh and brilliant, and director Eddie Torres has assembled a company of actors and designers who breathe life into them and their story with immense talent and skill. They will launch our 2022 Season in our intimate Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre in a beautiful way.”

The cast for “El Borrracho” includes Matthew Martínez as David (Off Broadway’s “Generation Rise”), Zilah Mendoza as Alma (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Actress), and Jesse J. Perez as Raul (The Old Globe’s “Romeo and Juliet”).

In addition to director Edward Torres, the creative team for the Globe’s production of “El Borracho” includes scenic and costume design by David Israel Reynoso, lighting design by Mextly Couzin, original music and sound design by David R. Molina, guitar instruction by Heather Nation, movement consulting by Regina Fernandez, fight coordination by Jake Millgard, casting by Caparelliotis Casting, and production stage management by Jess Slocum.

Poster artwork for “El Borracho” is symbolic of the Mexican culture.

Tickets are available online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE (234-5623), or in person at our Box Office in Balboa Park.

The Old Globe continues to prioritize the safety of its audiences, artists, and staff. All patrons who attend the “El Borracho” will be required to either be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and present proof of vaccination, or provide proof of the negative results of a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of entering the theatre. Masks are required at all times while indoors.

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