For the first time, no DeLorean needed: Easily journey back to the 1960s and see how Latinos enjoyed Chicago nightlife


Get ready for a thrilling journey to the vibrant nightlife of 1960s Chicago, where you can enjoy the captivating energy of Latin music and storytelling under the open sky at Orange County's Mission San Juan Capistrano Central Courtyard—this summer.

Don't miss Orange County's first unforgettable production of "La Havana Madrid," written by Sandra Delgado, a 2021 United States Artist Fellow. This unique show features live music and personal stories that will touch your heart. Directed by Cheryl Lynn Bruce and curated by Artistic Director David Ivers, the show boasts an all-star cast of actors, musicians, and dancers from Chicago and beyond.
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Experience the soulful sounds of the Afro-Cuban jazz band Son de la Habana and the fiery choreography of Maritza Mercado-Narcisse, as "La Havana Madrid" takes you on a journey to a vibrant world filled with passion and excitement. The show also includes a variety of traditional Latin dance styles.

Whether you're a seasoned theatergoer or simply looking for a fun night out, "La Havana Madrid" is an unforgettable experience this summer. So join us and celebrate the magic of live theater. Take advantage of this incredible evening of entertainment!

A Theatrical Journey Back in Time

Get ready for an unforgettable journey through time with the SCR's ongoing production of "La Havana Madrid." This theatrical experience will chart you back to the 1960s, where you'll witness the incredible stories of real Chicagoans in an immersive and unforgettable way.

Experience the magic of Latin culture like never before. This captivating journey will transport you back to the vibrant music, personal stories, and rich narratives that shaped the lives of Cuban, Colombian, and Puerto Rican communities.
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Welcome to La Havana Madrid, an iconic Chicago nightclub that served as a haven for Latino immigrants. Here, guests could revel in the lively rhythms of mambo and salsa while enjoying delicious cuisine and forging lifelong bonds with fellow immigrants. This immersive documentary theatre experience brings to life the stories of Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Colombian settlers as they navigate their new surroundings, find love, and ultimately discover their correct paths. Prepare to be carted back in time and witness history unfold.

At La Havana Madrid, you'll feel right at home no matter where you come from. Take advantage of this exceptional opportunity to witness the power of music and community.

Relive the Cultural Heritage of Latin Communities

This is an incredible opportunity to relive the cultural heritage of these communities. Join us for a night of music, dance, and celebration. You won't regret it! Head to Mission San Juan Capistrano's Central Courtyard from July 15 to August 4 to experience "La Havana Madrid."

Watch the brief video below as Sandra Delgado speaks eight years ago, before the first-ever performance of La Havana Madrid.

Universal Themes of Immigration and Belonging

Sandra Delgado, the talented author of the highly acclaimed play "La Havana Madrid," recently opened up about the inspiration behind her work and its relevance to audiences. This masterpiece was initially slated as an integral part of a triptych. It was first introduced in 2016. Delgado believes that despite being set in Chicago, the play conveys a universal theme that resonates with the experiences of immigrants, both first and second generations. She says of performing in Orange County,

"Yes, it takes place in Chicago, but I really believe it's universal. So many of us are immigrants...people will see familiar things. This is the story of our parents and grandparents and great-grandparents. Or even ourselves."

La Havana Madrid aims to connect with audiences deeper by delving into relatable experiences and telling the stories of our ancestors and ourselves. Delgado hopes that the play will inspire people to share their stories, reflect on their historical place, and ask their family members questions, thus creating a sense of belonging and understanding that transcends cultural boundaries.

Watch the short video below to hear from Sandra Delgado on La Havana Madrid after performing it for several years.

Create Cherished Memories with Acclaimed Theater

Now is your chance to experience the captivating "La Havana Madrid" world brought to life by the South Coast Repertory and Mission San Juan Capistrano. Immerse yourself in the magic of live theater, and enjoy the warmth of community and culture. Take advantage of this opportunity to create cherished memories with acclaimed theater. Join us for an unforgettable evening of music and companionship.

Event Information

Secure your tickets quickly by visiting or calling (714) 708-5555.

Regular seating, bring your own lawn chair or blanket! - $30

Premium seating, assigned seating, and chairs are provided. - $45

Four-person table reservations are available for $500 each, sold as a table. No individual place settings will be sold. Table reservations include light refreshments.

All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

Mission San Juan Capistrano

26801 Old Mission Road

San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675

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