The El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre opens its fifth season with a futuristic Western co-written by an autistic Del Valle High School student.
The Ballad of Roobie Rookie opens the 2018-2019 Jewel Box Series at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 14 in the Philanthropy Theatre on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre Annex, above the box office.
The Ballad of Roobie Rookie is a post-apocalyptic Western with a robot sheriff named Wreckie, and a bad guy named Crooked Beak, who leads a band of animal outlaws.
It was adapted for the stage from a screenplay by Del Valle student Robert De La Rosa and The Border Theatre Director Austin Savage.
It debuted at the high school on April 2, 2018 — World Autism Awareness Day — and was performed by students from the Del Valle’s theater department, led by school Theatre Director Marissa Thurman. She returns to direct a new student cast for the Jewel Box Series performance.
The Jewel Box Series was created by the El Paso Community Foundation to showcase local performing arts groups in the 191-seat Philanthropy Theatre, located above the above the Plaza Theatre box office on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre annex
The Jewel Box Series is produced in partnership with El Paso Live, and presents diverse, unusual and inventive programs.
Next up is Lisa Loomer’s one-act Bocón, performed by Los Actores and directed by Hector Serrano, at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 11.