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BORDER: Unplugged!

December 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Free Event

Join us at Geva’s Fielding Stage for a sneak peek at Season 49’s world premiere musical, Somewhere Over the Border, opening this spring.

Creator Brian Quijada (Where Did We Sit on the Bus?) will share the inside scoop on his inspirations for the play and talk about the process of adapting his family’s stories for the stage. Brian will be joined by Juliàn Mesri, the show’s music director, and some of the talented local musicians creating the audio world of the story. Get an exclusive first look at the music of Border with performances by Mary Mendez Rizzo and Mambo Kings icons Hector Diaz and Freddy Colón.

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Somewhere Over the Border


Somewhere Over the Border

March 30 – May 1, 2022
Wilson Stage


Inspired by the real-life journey of the writer’s mother (Reina Quijada) from El Salvador to the US – and by L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – Somewhere Over the Border embraces the factual and the fantastical in its depiction of one young girl’s pursuit of the American dream. As Reina travels north to the Mexican border, she gathers friends, faces down dangers, and holds tight to the memory of the little boy she left behind. Set in the 1970s and propelled by cumbia, Mexican mariachi boleros, American rock and hip hop, this new musical is both fable and family history – and a testament to the determination born of love.

Book, Music and Lyrics by Brian Quijada
Directed by Rebecca Martinez

World Premiere Co-production with Syracuse Stage