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Next Jewel Box show tells 'El Paso Stories' on Feb. 12
January 30, 2023
Next Jewel Box show tells 'El Paso Stories' on Feb. 12

Six El Paso writers tell seven stories about our beloved hometown — from picturesque Scenic Drive to the tasty sopapilla — in El Paso Stories, the next presentation of the El Paso Community Foundation Jewel Box Series at the Philanthropy Theatre.

El Paso Stories, produced by Félix Arenas and Los Actores, will be performed at 2:30 pm Sunday, February 12 in the Philanthropy Theatre, which is above the box office on the second floor of the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre.

Tickets are $15, on sale at the Plaza Theatre Box Office (where no service charge is assessed) and (service charges apply).

El Paso Stories is a series of seven intimate vignettes that portray people, places, and other cultural aspects of the Sun City, including one inspired by the Rio Grande. “The stories of the Segundo Barrio, the Río, our mountain, and those of every single person that ever struggled on these grounds are the very fiber that makes us who we are,” said Arenas, who directs several vignettes.

They were written by El Pasoans Rebecca McVay Condra, Andrew Leal, John Robledo, Vianah Vasquez, Margarita Vélez, and Arenas. The 11-member cast will portray 32 characters, ranging from the mythical La Llorona to former American and Mexican presidents.

Now in its seventh season, the Jewel Box Series was created in partnership with El Paso Live in 2014 to host local performing artists and groups in that jewel box of a venue, the Philanthropy Theatre. Go to or call 915-533-4020 for more information. To donate to the Jewel Box series, go to

Here is the rest of the 2022-2023 season:

The Art of Jazz, The Golden Groove, 2:30 pm Sunday, March 12, 2023 — Daniel Rivera’s jazz collective traces the evolution of the form, from blues to bebop.

BILDAD, Barbed Tales, 2:30 pm Sunday, April 16, 2023 — Ryan Mullenix’s comedy is about a cartoonist who dreams of making it big.

Tuesdays with Morrie, Eden Performing Arts, 2:30 pm Sunday, May 14, 2023 — Hector Serrano directs this stage version of the Mitch Albom best-seller about a journalist who reconnects with a dying professor.