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 

This project is made possible, in part, through a grant from the 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

This project has been made possible, in part, by the Puffin Foundation

Created with support from the 2050 Fellowship Program at
New York Theatre Workshop

This project was originally commissioned by Watts Village Theater Company in 2010 and early versions were  presented at the 2010 NET Microfest, Los Angeles Theatre Center, and Watts Towers Arts Center in Los Angeles, CA.  

Development History (with Radical Evolution)

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

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