The Magical Piñata

The Magical Pinata
December 14 - 30, 2019
Karen Zacarías
Deborah Wicks La Puma
Elena Velasco
Music Directors
Walter “Bobby” McCoy and Marika Countouris

A Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA Production

An original Mexican play with music | A seemingly plain clay pot magically transports Cucha, a selfish and lonely girl, from her town of Zapotoco, Mexico, to a mysterious jungle. There she encounters Parrot Rivera, a jungle muralist who paints the future; Señor Chapulin, a soccer star with the heart of the present; and Burro Burrito, a farmer who plows the past. But the evil Monkey King and his silly Sidekick know the clay pot is really a magical piñata and scheme to steal it from her. Through Cucha’s journey, she discovers the magic of the mundane, the roots of cultural pride, and the power of sharing.


DC Metro Theater Arts Review

“Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA has created a gem with a strong cast and dynamite creative team. I highly recommend this show as a way to take in some culture, escape the madness of the holiday season, and revel in the softer parts of human nature that make life beautiful. “

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DC Theatre Scene Review

The Magical Piñata at Keegan Theatre is a fun-filled romp that fits the holiday season with lessons for all to treasure and enjoy.  Karen Zacarías presents an incredibly rich story with text and lyrics set to playful music by Deborah Wicks LaPuma.”

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Broadway World Review

“A great deal is packed into The Magical Piñata. There’s a brief explanation of where Mexico’s population comes from; a smattering of spoken Spanish and songs in both Spanish and English; pratfalls; a morality tale; and lots of laughter.”

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Cucha / Villager Ruth Elizabeth Diaz
Father / Monkey King Andres Alejandro
Abuela / Sidekick Leigh Corbett
Kid / Señor Cumpleaños / Burro / Arból / Chapulin / Parrot Danie Rodriguez

Production Team

Director / Choreographer Elena Velasco
Co-Music Director Walter “Bobby” McCoy
Co-Music Director Marika Countouris
Set Designer Matthew J. Keenan
Lighting Designer Dan Martin
Projections Designer Tewodross “Teo” Melchishua Williams
Sound Designer Twi McCallum
Costume / Puppet Designer Nitya Ramlogan
Properties / Set Dressing Designer Cindy Landrum Jacobs
Co-Stage Manager Ilyana Rose-Davila
Co-Stage Manager Leah Glicker
Assistant Stage Manager Delayna Antwine