La Ruta

by Isaac Gomez
 directed by 
Dámaso Rodríguez


A Table | Room | Stage At the Apex Production

November 2, 2019 – December 1, 2019

Portland Opera

Since 1993, the women of Juárez, Mexico have been disappearing and no one has solved the mystery. The bus route that takes these women to and from their U.S.-owned factory jobs is often the last place they are seen. Based on real life testimonies, each woman represented in La Ruta bears witness to the secrets buried under the hot desert sun. Bouncing back and forth in time and featuring live music, the intensely harrowing La Ruta gives a passionate voice to the women who have disappeared.


100 minutes, no intermission

CONTENT WARNING: Graphic description of sexual violence 


Awards for Isaac Gomez

2018 Lanford Wilson Award


“countless moments of sheer theatrical beauty”
– Ben Kaye, New City Stage


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Cast and Production Team


Cristi Miles +


Diana Burbano +


Naiya Amilcar


Fabi Reyna



Dámaso Rodríguez *


Isaac Gomez



Assistant Director/Cultural Consultant: Yasmin Ruvalcaba

Scenic Designer: Christopher Acebo #

Lighting Designer: Blanca Forzán

Music Director, Sound Designer, & Composer: Rodolfo Ortega #^

Projection Designer: Alan Cline

Properties Master: Laura Savage

Fight Choreographer : Jonathan Cole *^

Dramaturg: Tiffany Ana López

Dramaturg: Luan Schooler

Dialect/Voice Coach: Stephanie Gaslin

Intimacy Consultant: Amanda K Cole *

Assistant Scenic Designer: Rick Anderson

Stage Manager: Carol Ann Wohlmut +^

Production Assistant: Ariela Subar

Production Assistant: Megan Thorpe

Live Sound Op: Dave Petersen

Costume/Wardrobe Head: Alana Wight-Yedinak

Assistant Costume Designer/Shopper: Alex Pletcher

Composer: Fabi Reyna

+ Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the U.S.

* Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society

# The scenic, costume, lighting, projection & sound designers are represented by United Scenic Artists

^ Artists Rep Resident Artist

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Preview Week

Nov 2 & 3: Saturday and Sunday Pay-What-You-Will tickets
Nov 5: Ten Buck Tuesday. Tickets are only $10!
Nov 6: Techie Wine Down Wednesday + a glass of Dark Horse wine
Nov 7: Vortex Music Magazine presents Thirsty Thursday + a pint of Lagunitas Beer + Musical performance

Special Events

Tech Talk: October 31

Post-Matinee Talkbacks: November 10, 17, 24

Wednesday, 11/27 Show Cancelled, No Thursday, 11/28 Show (Thanksgiving) - Show Schedule Resumes Friday, 11/29 @ 7:30PM

Oregon Psychoanalytic Center Post-Matinee Talkback: December 1

Hollywood Theatre: STAGE meet SCREEN PAN’S LABYRINTH. 

Monday, Nov 4 at 7:30pm

Artists Repertory Theatre’s Stage Meets Screen series, in conjunction with their production of La Ruta by Isaac Gomez, presents Guillermo Del Toro’s masterful dark fairy tale PAN’S LABYRINTH on 35mm! 

Special Pricing: We don’t ever want cost to be prohibitive for people to see our shows, but especially this one. We’ve decided to make the following dates Sliding Scale where tickets start at $10


More Info

Open Captioning 5 Open Captioned Matinee: Nov 30 at 2pm

handicapped2 Wheelchair seating: Call the box office at 503.241.1278 to reserve.

audiodescribed2 Digital FM hearing systems are available.


Prep for La Ruta with this book and movie list from the Multnomah County Library.

Take a deep dive into the play with our STUDY GUIDE.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls Report

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