GK Chesterton Theatre Co. Presents Viva Cristo Rey

GK Chesterton Theatre Co. Presents Viva Cristo Rey VIVA CRISTO REY

VIVA CRISTO KEY In Mexico in the 1920's, religion was suppressed. People were forbidden to worship freely. Severe penalties, from imprisonment to death, were imposed for clandestine worship. Although the repression was widespread, the world took little notice. A veil of silence descended. Into this turmoil entered an unassuming, guitar playing Padre. He set out to minister to his flock, going from house to house, pursued by government agents. In a very short time he would become a world wide figure. His name was Miguel Pro.

06/28/2012

TWO DAYS AWAY!!!! VIVA CRISTO REY!!!!

06/22/2012

“For Greater Glory” author/speaker Ruben Quezada will be available for a book signing opportunity at these upcoming show!

Viva Cristo Rey - Downey Civic Theatre - Downey CA
Written by Cathal Gallagher and Fred Martinez, Directed by Angel Duran
Saturday, June 30 7:30pm & Sunday, July 1 3:00pm
Downey Civic Theatre - 8435 Firestone Blvd., Downey, CA 90241
(For church fundraising, contact Mark Edward Padilla at (323)742-2990)

Viva Cristo Rey – Catholic Resource Center/Catholic Family Conference -Ontario, CA
Written by Cathal Gallagher and Fred Martinez, Directed by Angel Duran
Saturday, July 14 7:00pm
Ontario Convention Center
2000 E. Convention Center Way (Ballroom B & C) Ontario, CA 91764

More Information About The Play:
Viva Cristo Rey is a play about sacrificial love. It is based on the true story of beloved Mexican hero and Catholic martyr, Blessed Fr. Miguel Pro. The setting of the play is 1920's Mexico during a time of religious persecution. Under the anti-Catholic legislation of Mexican president Plutarco Calles, tens of thousands of Mexicans suffered imprisonment and or death. Some opposed to Calles began the Cristero War, or La Cristada. Although not a Cristero, Fr. Pro's final words, “Viva Cristo Rey”, placed him as a spiritual leader during this dark period of history.

Endorsements:
I was privileged to see this stage production and was touched and inspired by it. I highly recommend it and pray that your faith may be strengthened by the experience, Viva Cristo Rey!
Rev. Msgr. James J, Loughnane P.A, V.F.
Episcopal Vicar – San Gabriel Pastoral Region

When it was all said and done, my faith was renewed, revived, and taken to another level. This play transported me back in time and I felt like I was there.
Jesse Romero - Radio Talk Show Host of EWTN’s “Reasons for Faith Live!” & Guadalupe Radio’s “Straight Talk Catholicism”

As I followed each scene with excitement and joy, I came to realize that it was as if Fr. Pro had been brought back to life!! Congratulations!
Ruben Quezada - Director of Operations, The Catholic Resource Center; Author of “For Greater Glory: The Cristero War and Mexico’s Struggle for Religious Freedom”

Also endorsed by:
The San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the Knights of Columbus
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles San Gabriel Regional Pastoral Council

The GKC Theatre Company and the Catholic Resource Center to bring GK Chesterton's hit show Viva Cristo Rey July 14, 2012...
05/08/2012
Catholic Resource Center

The GKC Theatre Company and the Catholic Resource Center to bring GK Chesterton's hit show Viva Cristo Rey July 14, 2012 to the Catholic Family Conference in Ontario, CA. Tickets are now on sale by calling 877-526-2151 between 8am - 6pm/PST. For more information on the Catholic Family Conference please visit http://catholicresourcecenter.org/site/.

Come join thousands of faithful Catholics at our Annual Catholic Family Conference. For one low price, you and your family will experience reverent liturgy, an outstanding selection of Catholic vendors and an impressive lineup of today's most inspiring Catholic speakers! You'll enjoy special program...

Rosalinda, GKC Theatre is proud to announce the return of Viva Cristo Rey this June 30, and July 1 at the Downey Civic T...
04/25/2012
Upcoming Events - Downey Civic Theatre

Rosalinda, GKC Theatre is proud to announce the return of Viva Cristo Rey this June 30, and July 1 at the Downey Civic Theatre. Tickets are now on sale, please visit http://www.downeytheatre.com/Event

* Please note that online ticket sales are available until 24hrs prior to the event date. You may still purchase tickets through the Box Office the day of the show.

01/14/2012

“After many years of reading the life of Bl. Miguel Pro and his brave effort to minister to all Catholics during the most-fierce persecution Mexico has ever seen, I found myself in complete awe of the work of art Viva Cristo Rey truly is. As I followed each scene with excitement and joy, I came to realize that it was as if Fr. Pro had been brought back to life!! Congratulations!”
-Ruben Quezada
Keynote Speaker & Cristero Historian and Director of The Catholic Resource Center

01/14/2012

“Although I have read the story of Fr Miguel Pro and his martyrdom, no book compares with watching the play performed by the GK Chesterton Theatre Company. Absolutely riveting, I was on the edge of my seat. When it was all said and done, my faith was renewed, revived and taken to another level. This play transported me back in time and I felt like I was there. What a roller coaster ride!”

-Jesse Romero
Nationally Respected Lay Evangelist/ Speaker and Talk Show Host

LIVE ON STAGE - VIVA CRISTO REY - Saturday, February 18 2012SAN GABRIEL MISSION PLAYHOUSE320 SOUTH MISSION DRIVESAN GABR...
01/10/2012
San Gabriel Mission Playhouse | Historic Arts, Concert & Entertainment Venue in San Gabriel


LIVE ON STAGE - VIVA CRISTO REY - Saturday, February 18 2012

SAN GABRIEL MISSION PLAYHOUSE
320 SOUTH MISSION DRIVE
SAN GABRIEL, CA 91776
($5 PARKING ON PLAYHOUSE LOT)
PHONE: (626) 308-2865
WEB-SITE: www.missionplayhouse.org

MATINEE PERFORMANCE 3PM
EVENING PERFORMANCE 7:30PM

FOR TICKETS & INFO: WWW.GKCTHEATRE.ORG

The San Gabriel Mission Playhouse is a historic venue in San Gabriel, CA with diverse arts, concert, and entertainment events throughout the year.

Timeline Photos
01/10/2012

Timeline Photos

1 Day Only! GKC Theatre Presents Viva Cristo Rey in Long Beach, CA - Dec 3!
11/11/2011

1 Day Only! GKC Theatre Presents Viva Cristo Rey in Long Beach, CA - Dec 3!

10/25/2011

Saw the performance last night. Really wonderful production - everything about it was a pleasure - acting, directing, staging. And the Miles Playhouse is such an awesome space for the audience. Very happy to have seen Viva Cristo Rey, and also to know about a time in Catholic history that I was previously unaware.

Thank you for a great evening! I will definitely recommend this production to the people I know who could not make it last night.

All the best,

Rachel Bayne

10/25/2011

"As I began saying the rosary and contemplated on the first joyful mystery, thoughts of Miguel Pro entered my mind. I reflected on how nothing is impossible for God. I saw a time in history where people like the Presidente of Mexico who would stop at nothing to see Catholicism die; to see darkness and fear run amuck and consume so many unfortunate lives. I thought about our Blessed Mother and how ardently She wanted to plant seeds of faith, hope, and charity into the fertile soil of Her children's hearts. In the play, "Viva Cristo Rey," (Long Live Christ) I could vividly see how Blessed Miguel Pro empathically said, "Yes" to him bearing life of Christ..... adentro de su corazon (deep inside his heart). In doing so, he received many graces through the intercession of the Virgin of Guadalupe. She helped him to resusitate the dying and those who were already (spiritually) dead by secretely giving the Holy Sacraments to the people. What I appreciated so much about the play was not only the story about this holy man's journey to save souls and get to heaven, but how breathingly beautiful it was depicted on stage; by the authenticity of events, it's production, the timing/pacing of scenes, the lightening, and the cast.... who were totally commited to the role of their character. I believed the play accurately protrayed how much Jesus loves families; how much the Mexican families adoran a sus familias- and in doing so, their actions exemplify just how much they love our Lord too. In a time in history now where our society still has a distorted definition of courageousness and strength, Blessed Miguel Pro role modeled real bravery and honor through the virtue of humility. Just like the words of our Holy Mother at the Annunciation, Blessed Miguel also spoke to the angel of God with arms wide open. Upon entering (eternal) life, his heart proclaimed, "You see before you the Lord's servent, let it happen to me as you have said." Thanks to this play directed by Angel Duran, I know now it's my turn to the same." Kate B. - Long Beach, CA

10/17/2011

I attended this play last night and it was great! I was immediately taken in by each of the actors. The play was simple, but well written & thought out. I recommend for anyone planning to see this play to at least have a basic understanding of what was happening during this time period. It was great to see what people sacrificed for each other & for our Catholic Faith. It was inspirational! I was also pleasantly surprised to find out at the end of the play that many of the actors had no real knowledge of the Cristero Movement until after hearing about the auditions for this play and doing their own research on it. The actors' connection & dedication to their characters really brought the story to life right before my eyes. I cannot forget the director, Angel Duran, whose dedication, commitment, & vision transported me back to Mexico 1927. Great JOB & 2 thumbs up!!!!!

10/16/2011

We recieved a standing ovation last night! Thank you God! Here is one review "HeyAngel, I just wanted to tell you that I thought that was absolutely fantastic. It was such a beautiful performance. Tell all of the actors and the other staff that they all did an amzaing job. Once again, great job." Marco G.

Timeline Photos
09/23/2011

Timeline Photos

President Calles wanted the whole world to see, but to his astonishment, the publicity invigorated a movement.
08/12/2011

President Calles wanted the whole world to see, but to his astonishment, the publicity invigorated a movement.

Father Miguel Pro being photographed before his execution.
08/12/2011

Father Miguel Pro being photographed before his execution.

08/08/2011

Dear GKC Group:

Auditions were very successful this weekend. Thankfully, we were blessed with a crop of actors that helped possibly fullfill our casting needs. But, we may possibly need Taylor, the English journalist, 30's. Please help us get the word out for any British actor or American actor that can pull any English accent. I would like to thank Sheila Tejada, Maria Vargo and Cal Gallagher for their hard work. Thanks! Angel

Father Miguel Pro praying before his execution.
08/04/2011

Father Miguel Pro praying before his execution.

08/03/2011

"VIVA CRISTO REY" Auds. by appt. only. Aug. 6-7, 12pm-4pm. Santa Monica. Callbacks Aug. 9, 6-10 p.m. No pay, but travel stipend. For appt. email: [email protected]. Seeking-Fr. Miguel Pro: 30-40. LEAD; Plutarco Calles:50, Politician; Alan Taylor: 50's, British Journalist; Carlos Mayer: 60, Jesuit Priest; Ana Maria Pro: 30's; Humberto Pro:late 20's; Roberto Pro: early 20's; Maria Valdez: 50; Martha Villareal: early 20's; Police officers: Cruz, 40's; Quintana, 30's;Rojo, 20's.

08/03/2011
GKC Theatre

Viva Cristo Rey!
Presented by The G.K. Chesterton Theatre Co.

Live on Stage at The Miles Memorial Playhouse 1130 Lincoln Blvd., Santa Monica, CA. 90403 (Parking at 808 Wilshire)
October 14 - 30, 2011 Fridays & Saturdays at 8:00pm, Sundays 3pm and 7:30pm $15 or groups 5 or more $10 For More Info Call: 310-462-5141 www.GKCTheatre.org or e-mail: [email protected]

G.K. Chesterton Theatre Company brings to families, plays that explore issues of conscience, faith and heroism with a special emphasis on the men and women who stood against the current tide of their time. Great plays can shape character in positive ways; our Company feels a special obligation to...

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