Into the Beautiful North

CAST (in order of appearance) 

NAYELI                   Isabel Gallegos

IRMA                      Roxanne Tapia

                               (also playing OPERATOR/ ARACELI/ WAITRESS/ THUG)

VAMPI                    Elsa Sanchez

TACHO                   Pablo Angeles

MATITO                 Niko’a Salas

                               (also playing CHUY/ CREEPY MAN/ ZOMBIE/ ICE CREAM MAN/

                                                    OFFICER ARNIE/ MATT/ MEXICAN COOK/ SULLY)

GARCIA-GARCIA  Noah G. Simpson

                                (also playing NARCO/ CAPITAN/ CREEPY MAN/ PORFIRIO/ CHAVA/

                                                     RIGOBERTO/ FISHERMAN/ JIMBO)

ANGEL                   Carlos Alberto de la Torre

                               (also playing DON PEPE/ MAID/ CREEPY MAN/ SOLDIER/

                                                    BORDER PATROL/ COYOTES/ GUY IN STORE)

ATOMIKO               Miles Blitch

                               (also playing JOHNNY DEPP/ MAID/ IMMIGRANT WOMAN)


Director                        Jojo Sena de Tarnoff

Zoom Engineer             Paola Vengoechea Martini

Sound Design               Alix Hudson

Projections                   Jeff Tarnoff

Signs                            Corinna MacNeice

PR/Media                     Margot Cole

Production Manager    Argos MacCallum      

  Into The Beautiful North

by Karen Zacarias

Adapted from the novel by Luis Alberto Urrea

Into The Beautiful North premiered at San Diego Repertory Theatre as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere in 2009.  Other partnering theatres were Milagro Theatre Portland (Oregon), Central Works Theatre Company (California), and 16th Street Theatre (Illinois)

Into the Beautiful North is produced by special arrangement with The Gersch Agency, New York 

This production made possible in part by New Mexico Arts/Dept. of Cultural Affairs, NEA, Santa Fe Public Library, Santa Fe Community Foundation  

Teatro Paraguas’ Zoom production of

Into The Beautiful North 

is part of the Santa Fe Public Library’s BIG READ Event

funded by the National Endowment for The Arts


Teatro Paraguas Board of Directors

JoJo Sena de Tarnoff (President), Argos MacCallum (Vice-President), Alexandra Hudson (Secretary), 

Skip Rapoport (Treasurer), Paola Vengoechea Martini, Sylvia Chavez, Juliet Salazar,

Cristina Vigil, Rudy Fernandez, Jeff Tarnoff, Margot Cole



Luis Alberto Urrea is the son of Alberto Urrea Murray, of Rosario, Sinaloa, Mexico and Phyllis Dashiell of New York. He was born on August 20, 1955 in Tijuana, Mexico. Both his parents worked in San Diego. In 1958 the family moved to San Diego, because he had tuberculosis and they felt he would recover in the US. He attended the UC San Diego, earning an undergraduate degree in writing in 1977. Urrea completed his graduate studies at the University of Colorado. His father was murdered on a trip to his home village in 1977, seeking money there to spend on his son's college education.

His novels include The Hummingbird’s Daughter, Queen of America, In Search of Snow, and The House of Broken Angels. Urrea lives with his family in Naperville, Illinois where he is a professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois Chicago.


Karen Zacarías is a Latina playwright who was born in Mexico in 1969. She is best known for her play Mariela in the Desert, winner of the National Latino Playwriting Award and a finalist for other prizes. Mariela in the Desert debuted at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Zacarías is the founder of the Young Playwrights’ Theater in Washington D.C.  Her other plays include  Just Like Us, Legacy of Light, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, The Book Club Play, and The Copper Children, which premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2020.


Isabel Gallegos (Nayeli) is a senior at the New Mexico School for the Arts. She has performed with various theatres including Pandemonium Productions, the Santa Fe Playhouse, and in the student choruses of shows at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. Some of her favorite roles have been Ariel in The Little Mermaid and Fiona in Shrek the Musical. In addition to performing, Isabel is a rising director. She recently co-founded Santa Fe Youth Collaborative Theatre where she is currently directing her second musical.


Elsa Sanchez (Vampi) is a Senior at the New Mexico School for the Arts. She loves theatre and performs every chance she gets. In addition to theatre she also enjoys singing, playing guitar, and dancing.  Her most recent roles have been Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Meg March in Little Women. She will also play Sam in the SF Youth Collaborative Theatre production of   The Mad Ones in June. 

Pablo Adrián Angeles Gauderrama (Tacho) is originally from México, and has lived in Santa Fe for the last four years. He played the tough no-nonsense Cousin Julio in Teatro Paraguas’ 2017 production of Motherf**ker With The Hat (first time on stage). Teatro Paraguas opened up the wonderful world of theater for him. Actor and Santa Fean by heart! --  


Roxanne Tapia (Irma) has been a part of the Teatro Paraguas family since 2013, acting in, directing, and playing music for many productions.  Into the Beautiful North is especially dear to her heart as a fan of Luis Alberto Urrea, the author of the book from which the play was adapted.  Roxanne would like to thank the director, JoJo Sena de Tarnoff, for the opportunity to play the spunky Mayor of Tres Camarones, Irma.  She is grateful to be able to work with the talented cast and amazing technical crew of this Zoom production.  Roxanne dedicates this performance to Rebecca Morgan's lovely soul in gratitude for her support and friendship through the years; she is already dearly missed.  

Noah G. Simpson (Garcia-Garcia) moved to Santa Fe in November 2016. He was born in CO, educated in the desert southwest (UNM), boomeranged back to CO and now here he is! Creatively, he is a classical pianist, actor, director, and emcee. Noah has been on stage since the age of eight. His most recent credits in Santa Fe include Lola's Last Dance and Motherf**ker With The Hat. He knows the power and magic contained in live theatre and hopes to add to the light that creativity bring to our lives. 


Niko’a Salas (Matito) is an actor, creative, and lover of the Santa Fe theater community. After working with the Addison Repertory Theater, Niko'a went on to study acting at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Most recently, Niko'a has appeared in Aaron Leventman’s The Remediator, Juilet Salazar’s Red Bike,Rich Ruban’s Keeping Secrets, Michael Pisaturo’s Where the Fireworks Come From, Ironweed Productions’ The Aliens, Santa Fe Playhouse’s 2019 Benchwarmers and Teatro Paragues’ Elliot: A Soldier's Fugue. Niko'a is overjoyed and exhilarated to be a part of such a fun adventure, even within the Zoom platform, and to be working with such an amazing and wonderful cast and crew. In his spare time Niko'a does lots of great stuff. 

Miles Blitch (Atomiko) has previously collaborated with Teatro Paraguas as Alex/El Coquí in El Coquí Espectacular and The Bottle of Doom. He moved from Phoenix to Santa Fe in 2018 to perform in the ISC’s production of King Lear as the Duke of Burgundy and First Servant to Cornwall. Since then, Miles has also appeared as the Prince in Romeo & Juliet (Shakespeare in the Garden), The Great Mage Steve in She Kills Monsters (&Sons Theatre),  Earl of Westmoreland in Henry IV, Pt. 1, and Elbow in Measure for Measure (both ISC). Miles has more than thirty

 productions under his belt and is equally at home onstage or backstage

Carlos Alberto De La Torre  (Angel) is a Mexican-American actor  from Pasadena, California. He has worked on a variety of different projects from both theatre and film work. His passion is revolved around story-telling and dramatic artwork that draws the attention of the crowd. Carlos has plans on improving his talent and has strong motivation to guide others towards acting and visual arts. Carlos plans on working in New Mexico and California for future projects to inspire people to follow their dreams.  

Jojo Sena de Tarnoff (Director) President of the Board at Teatro Paraguas.  A native of Santa Fe & a performing artist since 5 years old.  Directing the zoom production of Into the Beautiful North has been exciting & fun.  The difference directing for zoom verses directing for live theatre holds a great challenge.  I had to go deep into my creative mind to come up with ways to make it entertaining for the audience.  With the extremely talented cast & crew I believe we have accomplished just that.  I would like to dedicate these performances to the memory of my good friend Rebecca Morgan.  

Alix Hudson (Sound designer and operator) is a teacher, theater-maker, and Paraguas board member living and working in Santa Fe.  Before the pandemic, she directed Elliot: A Soldier's Fugue as part of the Elliot Trilogy. Her play, Hummingbird, also had its world premiere in February of 2020. Since COVID times (in addition to the rollercoaster of hybrid teaching!), she's done tech for She Kills Monsters, acted in an Aaron Leventman LGBTQ play reading and Julesworks Follies, written the Musical Piñata for Christmas plays and written & acted in the sketch Typhoon for Teatro Paraguas. She loves Urrea and this wonderful cast and crew --  many thanks, y ¡al norte hermoso!

Margot Cole (Production Assistant) is the founder of Crip Video  Productions and has written and directed her own independent films.  She holds a Liberal Arts degree from Kingsborough Community College in NYC.  As an actor she performed with Eldorado Children’s Theatre, Southwest Children’s Theatre, TaDa Youth Theatre, and Keen Teens 2012.  Most recently, she starred in her own film A Stroke of Endurance as the main character Ava.  As a writer, she won the A Playwright Grows in Brooklyn playwriting contest in 2009 at BrooklynOne Theater.  She was a member of DISLABELED Film Series in 2012.  She is featured in the full-length documentary Enter the Faun, created by Tamar Rogoff Performance Projects, which centers around actor/dancer Gregg Mozgala, bodywork, and Cerebral Palsy.  Enter the Faun aired on PBS America Reframed in 2017 and in 2020.  Margot has a mild form of Spastic Diplegia, Cerebral Palsy. 

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