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Somewhere Over the Border
July 17 August 11
By Brian Quijada Directed by Laura Alcalá Baker Music Direction by Michael Meketa Sanchez Leonard C. Haas Stage
A "Wizard of Oz" odyssey by rising star Brian Quijada

As the allure of the American Dream beckons, Reina Quijada travels along a very different yellow brick road from El Salvador to the United States. Along the way, she makes friends, dodges imminent danger, and searches for the almighty "wizard" in this nod to Oz. With onstage musicians weaving together cumbia, Mexican mariachi, boleros, American rock, and hip hop, up-and-coming writer and composer Brian Quijada honors his mother in a fantastically true tale of determination, family, and friendship. This co-production takes to the People’s Light stage following a critically acclaimed run at Pittsburgh's City Theatre.

This production contain mild language and contains discussions of immigration and border crossing. It is recommended for ages 10+.

This co-production is presented in association with City Theatre (Pittsburgh, PA) and Pittsburgh CLO.

Cast and Creative Team
Bobby Plasencia
Don Napo/Silvano
Jerreme Rodriguez
The Narrator
Brian Quijada
Book, Lyrics, & Music
Laura Alcalá Baker
Michael Meketa Sanchez
Music Director
Chelsea Warren
Scenic Designer
Damian Dominguez
Costume Designer
Cat Wilson
Lighting Designer
Stefanie Senior
Sound Designer
Joe Spinogatti
Projection Designer
Tomé Cousin
Intimacy Coordinator/Movement
Taylor Meszaros
Stage Manager
Enhance Your Experience
Relaxed Performance

Relaxed Performances offer a judgment-free environment that invites individuals with autism, ADHD, dementia, and other sensory sensitivities to enjoy theatre in a relaxed, “shush-free” zone—a great option for parents with young children, too. For each Relaxed Performance, we offer a pre-show Sensory Tour, during which patrons are able to enter the theatre space, view the set and props, and ask questions. This RP features audio description and ASL interpretation.

Sunday, August 4 at 2pm

Audio Description

Headsets provide commentary on the visual aspects of a performance. This supplemental narration interweaves with the real-time, spoken dialogue.

Sunday, August 4 at 2pm

American Sign Language Interpretation

This performance features American Sign Language interpretation provided by Hands UP Productions. This is also a Relaxed Performance.

Sunday, August 4 at 2pm

Open Captioning

During every performance this week, dialogue appears on an LED screen placed near the stage to benefit patrons with hearing impairments, as well as English language learners.

August 6-August 11


Our post-show talkback series is back! Join us after every Thursday night performance (excluding previews) for a post-show discussion, or folk-talk, where audience members will have a chance to process and ask questions about the piece they’ve just witnessed. Each AfterWORDS will be moderated by a People’s Light staff member, who may be joined by a member of the cast or creative team.

Thursday nights: 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8

Smart Caption Glasses

Our Smart Caption Glasses offer immersive, real-time captioning for live theatre. These revolutionary glasses display a synchronized transcript of the play directly on the lenses, and are customizable for your comfort.

Smart Caption Glasses are available at performances of this play in the date range below. To reserve your pair of glasses, simply add tickets to your cart, then follow the link that appears at the top of the page to add a glasses reservation to your cart for free! For assistance, please contact the Box Office at

July 30-August 11

Access Nights

To expand access to our work, we offer 50%-off Access Nights throughout the season. The discount is automatic for these performances, no promo code required.

Friday, July 19 at 7pm
Tuesday, August 6 at 7pm