Arena: A House MUSIC-al

Conceived and Book by Abel Alvarado

Lyrics by Gabrielle Maldonado   Music by Ben Emory Larson

Directed by Rigo Tejeda

Presented by Teatro Nuevos Horizontes Productions & Casa 0101

In association with the Los Angeles LGBT Center

April 22 – 23, 2023

Renberg Theatre

Arena: A House MUSIC-al is based on the house music of the 1990s at the legendary ARENA Nightclub in Hollywood, CA. It is a coming-of-age story that follows Lucio Torrez, a young music minister at his father’s Apostolic church, who is looking to live his truth, find his voice and a place where he can be free. Playwright Abel Alvarado’s story is authentic. In his own words, he is telling his truth. His story of how he found his tribe and came to understand the person he was born to be is a liberating tale. Arena: A House MUSIC-al remembers a time when LOVE was the drug, friends became FAMILIA, and the music gave us LIFE!

Teatro Nuevos Horizontes Productions

TNH Productions (Teatro Nuevos Horizontes) was founded by Artistic Director Rigo Tejeda with a team including Felipe Agredano Producer/Govt. Affairs and Abel Alvarado Producing Artistic Director. Holding to our values of Diversity, Integrity, Excellence, Enthusiasm and Inspiration, TNH looks to uplift artists, audiences and communities to a New Horizon within the genre of Musical Theatre. Productions include “In The Heights”, “Disney’s Aladdin: Dual Language Edition”, “Disney’s Beauty and The Beast-The Broadway Musical” (5 NAACP 2019 Theatre Awards winner), “Sister Act” and “ARENA: A HOUSE MUSIC-al”. With a vast company of artists, TNH Productions gives voice to many in the Los Angeles area while bringing theatrical excellence to communities with limited access to the arts.

CASA 0101

CASA 0101 was founded in 2000 by Josefina Lopez, author of Real Women Have Curves, to fulfill her vision of bringing art and live theater programs to the community she grew up in, Boyle Heights. From its humble beginnings of operating out of a converted storefront, to a renowned and beautiful fully equipped 99 seat theatre, CASA 0101 has established itself as a leading arts venue for Los Angeles’ East Side. Offering year round programming, presenting inspiring and award winning theatrical productions, film festivals, special events, free arts education classes for youth, and low-cost classes for adults, CASA 0101 looks to nurture the future  storytellers in Los Angeles who will someday transform the world.  

Performance Information

2 hours 15 minutes, including one intermission

Suitability Suggestions
Arena: A House MUSIC-al is recommended for ages 15+ and includes partial nudity, sexual situations, and suggested drug use.

Masks are currently required for all performances.

Creative Team

Directed by:  Rigo Tejeda
Conceived and Book by: Abel Alvarado
Additional music and lyrics by: Daniel Sugimoto
Set Design by: Marco DeLeon
Costume Design by: Julius Bronola
Lighting Design by: Alejandro Parra
Sound Design by: Cesar Castro
Projection Design by: Itzel Campos
Choreography by: Tania Possick
Dramaturg: Patricia Zamorano
Technical Director: Max Brother