Pullman Car Hiawatha: From University to Mexico City

From Mexico’s National Public University to Mexico City’s Sergio Magaña Theater, this production has had an incredible journey.

In this one-act play, set in a Pullman car on a train traveling from New York to Chicago in December, 1930, conventional time is suspended, and the only true measures of existence are life and death. Pullman Car Hiawatha takes us on a metaphorical journey by train through the American landscape, a diverse band of travelers encapsulated in a Pullman car hurtle through time, space and a range of emotions.

As reported by thorntonwilder.com, the production began in May 2014 as part of a final exam project for an Artistic Creation Workshop (“Taller Integral de Creación Artística”) at the UNAM (Mexico’s National Public University). The actors study Dramatic Literature and Theater at the University and “found in Wilder’s ‘Hiawatha’ the opportunity to grow into the professional life in Mexico’s theater.” After a highly successful four-day run, their production was given an extended run in fall 2014, to give more individuals at the University the opportunity to attend.

Since then, their production has received one of the most important awards in the National University:”IX Premio Lech Hellwig-Górzynski a la creación escénica teatral 2014″

The company was recently invited to present Pullman Car Hiawatha in a professional Theatre in Mexico City. Abigail Sánchez writes, “Now in 2015 is our opportunity to leave the school behind, and give the Mexican audience the opportunity to watch a play by one of the most important playwrights in the history of the US and the Contemporary World.”

Production Information

Sergio Magaña Theater (Teatro Sergio Magaña)
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz 114,
Santa María La Ribera, Cuauhtémoc, 06400 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico

From March 10 to March 26
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8:00pm.
% 50 Students, teachers and INAPAM, with valid ID.

For additional information, visit the production’s official Facebook page or its page on the Mexico City Theaters website. Please note that these pages are presented in Spanish. You may also view the Mexico City Theaters website in English.

Directed by: Alejandra Aguilar & Cristian José García
Translated by: Emilio Méndez
Stage Manager: Aldo Martínez Sandoval
Costume design: Arturo Flores Buenrostro
Lighting design: Jesús Núñez Giles
Design and graphic art: Cynthia Herrera & Jaime González Solís
Dramaturg: Abigail Sánchez
Literary manager: Juan Pablo Cervantes
Press: Enrique Saavedra
General Production: Cristian José García, Emilio Méndez & “Orquesta Ensamble Teatral”

Anaid Bohor
Diego Calderón
Elvira Cervantes
Carlos Flores Lozano
Gerardo Gallardo
Nadia Ximena López
Michelle Menéndez
Alejandro Moreno del Pilar
Valeria Navarro Magallón
Jennifer Soler
Jorge Viñas

Pullman Car Hiawatha Theatre Sergio Magana

Promotional Image for Pullman Car Hiawatha at the Sergio Magaña Theater