Dec 22 2019
Works Progress Austin: Casta by Adrienne Dawes

Works Progress Austin: Casta by Adrienne Dawes

Presented by Salvage Vanguard Theater at CRASHBOX

Casta is inspired by a series of casta paintings by Miguel Cabrera. Casta paintings were a unique form of portraiture that grew in popularity over the 18th century in Nueva España/colonial Mexico. The paintings depicted different racial mixtures arranged according to a hierarchy defined by Spanish elites. When a lowly apprentice is commissioned to paint a casta series for a wealthy patron, he tries to conform his work to a set hierarchy. The images revolt, illuminating a complex portrait of fluid Latinx identities.

In anticipation of the Fall 2021 premiere at the Blanton Museum of Art as part of their Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin America exhibit, this Works Progress Austin workshop will support experimentation with song, dance, textile arts, and development of the second half of the script.

Written by Adrienne Dawes

Dramaturgy and Translation by Jesús I. Valles

Directed by Jenny Larson

Original score by Graham Reynolds

Puppet Design by Julia Smith

Featuring performers Benjamin Bazan, Stephanie Vasquez Fonseca, Marina De Yoe-Pedraza, Jorge Sermini, Jesús I. Valles, Minerva Villa, khattieQ, and guest artist Huling Foster visiting from New York.

Launched in 2006, Works Progress Austin provides playwrights with the resources they need to bring their work to life. Works Progress Austin has featured new works by Caridad Svich, Dan Dietz, and Sibyl Kempson.

Admission Info

TICKETS: $5, reservations available online at and at the door the night of the performance.


Dates & Times

2019/12/22 - 2019/12/22

Location Info


5305 Bolm Rd #12, Austin, TX 78721

Parking Info

Parking lot with accessible space available. Street parking available.

Accessibility Info

The building is ADA compliant with accessible walkways and bathrooms.