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Fine Arts Center Kicks Off Theater Season with Story of Connection in “Guadalupe in the Guest Room”

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Sept. 14, 2021) — The Fine Arts Center Theatre Company is excited to present “Guadalupe in the Guest Room,” a play by Tony Meneses, on stage Sept. 30–Oct. 24. The production is directed by James Bruenger-Arreguin.

“Guadalupe in the Guest Room,” tells the story of two people overcome with grief and separated by a language barrier: Guadalupe is living in her son-in-law Steve’s guest room while she works to translate the children’s books her recently deceased daughter has written. The unlikely housemates struggle to communicate until they begin to watch telenovelas together. The play is a funny and heartfelt celebration of new beginnings, breaking barriers, and a realization that understanding doesn’t always require speaking the same language.

“As an immigrant from Mexico who grew up in Colorado, this play is oddly familiar to my life, the characters inside my family, and the significant loss we have endured through the years. There is real magic in examining grief and the power it has in reframing our future,” said Bruenger-Arreguin. “After months away from creating inside a theatre, the team and I look forward to welcoming audiences to a theatrical home where they can escape and heal together again. May these characters teach us all a new insight into how we see one another, how we empathize with one another, and how we communicate with one another.”

The play stars Elise Santora (Guadalupe) and Colton Pratt (Steve), both returning to the FAC stage. Santora won a Henry Award in for her role in the FAC’s 2019 production of “Anna in the Tropics” and was nominated for her work in “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” Pratt was most recently seen on the FAC stage in “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.” They are joined by Miguel Nuñez and Lilli Hokama, both making their FAC debut.

The creative team includes Tanya Orellana (scenic design), Nita Mendoza (lighting design), Damian Dominguez (costume design), Jacob Keough-Mishler (sound design), Ryan Miller (properties design) and Geoffrey Kent (fight choreography).

Tickets are now on sale at or through the box office at (719) 634-5583


Tickets start at $20. Reserve online at or call the box office at (719) 634-5583.

Discounts are available for groups of ten or more. Military service members are also eligible for discounts. Contact the box office for details.

Students from any school can purchase rush tickets 1 hour before the performance at the FAC front desk for $15. Tickets subject to availability; must purchase in person and present college/university ID; CC students receive FREE rush tickets when they present a CC Gold Card.

Museum admission: Free admission to the museum is included with ticket purchase. Information about current exhibitions is available online.

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PLEASE NOTE: Exposure to COVID-19 is possible in public places. The FAC and Colorado College continue to closely monitor developments in the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by COVID-19. More information available on the Colorado College website.


The award-winning FAC Theatre Company produces an annual season of innovative and exciting theatrical productions and is committed to creating stories that heal, uplift, educate and enlighten in a thoughtful and inclusive environment. In 2019, The Colorado Theatre Guild recognized the FAC with its most prestigious honor, the Henry Award for Outstanding Season for a Theatre Company.

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College
The story of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College (FAC) began with the founding of the Broadmoor Art Academy 1919. A museum, performing arts theatre, and community art school, the FAC is a pillar in the cultural community of the Rocky Mountain West providing innovative, educational, and multi-disciplinary arts experiences designed to elevate the individual spirit and inspire community vitality. The FAC and Colorado College recognize and honor the original inhabitants of the land on which it resides. For more information about the FAC, visit or follow on Facebook @CSFineArtsCenter.