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A brave girl's journey through a land of many monsters, adapted from a Mexican folktale by Nancy García Loza. Performed and recorded live in Chicago, followed by audience conversation.

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Brava A folktale con música Script and corrido by Nancy García Loza Music direction and additional music by Eréndira Izguerra Sound team led by Mikhail Fiksel Directed by Laura Alcalá Baker Executive produced by Jeremy McCarter

Performed and recorded live at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Pilsen, Chicago

CAST (in order of appearance) Young Girl - Ilse Zacharias Father/Patrón - Christian Castro Viejita/Cook - Ana María Alvarez Walking Stick/Servant - Brandon Rivera Guard/Soldado - Carlos Rogelio Diaz Prince/Bolumbí - Eduardo Curley-Carrillo

BAND Violin - Eréndira Izguerra Guitarron - Jeanette Nevarez Vihuela - Laura Velazquez

SOUND TEAM Sound designer - Mikhail Fiksel Associate sound designer - Robert Hornbostel Recording engineer - Steve Labedz Audio technician - Maddie Doyle

PRODUCTION STAFF Production manager - Madeleine Borg Stage manager - Jaclynn Joslin Community manager - Jennifer Aparicio Folk music adviser - Juan Dies, Sones de México Ensemble

POST-PRODUCTION Editing, mixing, and additional recording by Mikhail Fiksel Additional recording by Robert Hornbostel Mastering by Joe Palermo

Based on a folktale in Tales from Jalisco, Mexico by Howard T. Wheeler, published by The American Folklore Society.

Casting by Paskal Rudnicke Casting

Graphic design by Carly Pearlman

Equipment provided by TechMagic Designs

Make-Believe theme music by Mikhail Fiksel

SPECIAL THANKS Catherine Allen and The Den Theater; The American Folklore Society; Carolyn Casselman of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison; Erica Daniels and Victory Gardens; Maria Hinojosa; Nate Marshall; Chris Rooney; SAG-AFTRA; and Carlos Tortolero and the National Museum of Mexican Art

PRODUCTION SPONSORS The Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Family Foundation, for an essential launch grant The Poetry Foundation, our lead season sponsor Joyce Chelberg, whose generosity supports the work of Make-Believe’s actors All our donors and supporters

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