The San Patricios Project

In the late 1840's approximately 200 United States soldiers defected from the American army to fight for Mexico in the Mexican American War. These mostly Irish soldiers came to be known as Los San Patricios (the St. Patrick's Battalion) and are revered in Mexico and Ireland as folk heroes, but considered traitors to Americans of the same generation. Their little-known story played a critical role in the military conflict that shaped a continent. 

Utilizing era appropriate musical styles and a variety of theatrical techniques, Radical Evolution is excited to continue to develop this project that uses this forgotten history to explore the themes of immigration, citizenship, and what happens when people follow their conscience to actively disrupt political systems. 

For the past few years, Radical Evolution has been cultivating a deepening and purposeful relationship with El Teatro Campesino, a historic Mexican-American theatre company in the US that grew out of the United Farm Workers’ movement of the 1960’s. Radical Evolution is collaborate with this company on this project, to help us explore it and are developing it together with the hope of future productions.

For more information on this project, please email Beto at beto@radicalevolution.org. 

PROJECT SUPPORT
This project is made possible, through support from the following funders:

The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Network of Ensemble Theaters’ Travel & Exchange Network (NET/TEN), supported by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

The Puffin Foundation

2050 Fellowship Program at New York Theatre Workshop 


Development History (with Radical Evolution)

July 2018. Developmental Workshop. Pregones Theater. Bronx, NY.

January, 2017, Developmental Workshop. New York Theatre Workshop. New York, NY

April, 2014. NET Travel Residency. El Teatro Campesino. San Juan Bautista, CA.

Fall 2010. Developmental Workshop. 2010 NET Microfest, Los Angeles Theatre Center, and Watts Towers Arts Center. Los Angeles, CA.

Spring 2010. Commission. Watts Village Theater Company. Los Angeles, CA.