basilica-new Written by Mando Alvarado Directed by Jerry Ruiz At Cherry Lane Theater (38 Commerce St) May 8-June 22 2013 FEATURING: Jake Cannavale, Bernardo Cubria, Rosal Colon, Selenis Leyva, Alfredo Narciso, Yadira Guevara-Prip, Felix Solis CREATIVE: Raul Abrego (Set Design) ; Carisa Kelly (Costume Design) ; Burke Brown (Lighting Design) ; Jane Shaw (Sound Design) ; Andrew Diaz (Props Design) ; David Anzuelo (Fight Direction) ; Michael Denis (Production Stage Manager) ; Eugenia Furneaux (Production Manager) ; Andrew Slater (Assistant Stage Manager) SYNOPSIS: In South Texas, two things loom large—the Catholic Church and Texas pride—and Joe Garza, a strong, hard-working man, embodies one more than the other.  But when he learns that Gilbert Gonzalez has returned as the new pastor at the basilica, Joe’s confronted with the choices he made in life and questions the past the only way he knows how—with anger, pride, and a biting tongue.   Mando's headshot Mando Alvarado is an award winning playwright/screenwriter.  His plays A King of Infinite Stage and Sangre were produced by NYC SummerStage and he wrote the book for the bilingual musical A Yellow Brick Road that premiered at the Lortel for TheaterWorks USA.  His first feature film, Cruzando, which he co-wrote and co-directed is available on DVD and was distributed by Vanguard Cinema.  Alvarado’s play Post No Bills was produced by Rattlestick.