“Aquí hemos estado desde que nació América.”  “We’ve lived here since America was born.”

Written by Joel Ulloa

Directed by Andre Baruffi


  • Friday, June 4, 2021 at 6:00pm Eastern Time

Language: English & Spanish

Website: Facebook Event


Unaware that Death knocks at their door, America and her undocumented mother, Esmeralda, are not afraid for their lives – they are afraid for their home. As immigration enforcement grows tense, and rents continue to rise, opportunities to stay in the community they have always called home are narrowing. America and Esmeralda must decide if fighting Death and her imposing economic forces is worth the risk. This story is told in English and Spanish and invokes Mexican folk art and mythology.

About the Playwright

Joel Ulloa grew up in Los Angeles and currently lives in the Bay Area. He has a professional background in housing, transportation, and electric vehicles, and draws on these experiences and stories for his writing. Joel is a member of Collective Voz, a writer’s collective in Los Angeles, and enjoys writing, storytelling, and even acting. Joel studied Urban Planning and Business Administration at USC and UCLA in Los Angeles.


Claudia Acosta
Lluvia Almanza
Nilsa Reyna
Jeanette Godoy
Ernesto De Villa

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