Have to Believe We Are Magic

Have to Believe We Are Magic, part biographical, part magic, a love letter to a Pocha-Chicana-Latina, coming- of-age time of roller-skating, life after high school, making big life decisions, family, friendships, love, sex, abortion, marriage, guns -all under the shadow of "The Magic Kingdom," (or “The Tragic Kingdom”) in central Orange County, California in the summer of 1994.
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Have to Believe We Are Magic

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  • Elana Gartner:
    22 Nov. 2021
    This play is a painful, truthful and fun examination of complicated family dynamics around secrets. What is it to survive under the challenges that a pregnant young woman faces while simultaneously trying to keep her youth? How can she not end up like her sister? How can she not disappoint her mother? Most of all, how can she not disappoint herself? Guerrero is masterful at creating a fun protagonist who the audience will desperately want to win the day.
  • Diana Burbano:
    29 Oct. 2021
    This play is magic, fun, pain, and Disneyland. It's so glorious when Gloria rolls on to steal our hearts and a bunch of Jack in the box balls. Tackling serious topics with humor and music and centering latinx women. LOVE THIS PLAY!
  • Augusto Amador:
    22 Jan. 2021
    In Ms. Guererro's play, Have To Believe We Are Magic, she brings a fresh perspective and authentic voice in telling a latina's coming of age story set in the early 90's, while learning about love, roller skating and loss of innocence in, "The (Not So Much) Happiest Place On Earth", or otherwise known as, Anaheim, CA. It's a wonderful play from an accomplished and terrific director.

Development History

  • Reading
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    Women's Theatre Festival OCCUPY '22
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    2022
  • Reading
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    Teatro Viva's Austin Latinx New Play Festival
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    2021
  • Workshop
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    Tu y Yo Theatre / California State University, San Marcus Project
    ,
    2021
  • Workshop
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    Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble
    ,
    2020

Awards

Finalist
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Have To Believe We are Magic
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OC Centric
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2022
Selection
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Have to Believe We are Magic
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Women's Theater Festival Occupy '22
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2022
Selection
,
Have to Believe We are Magic
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Teatro Vivo's Latinx New Plays Festival
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2021