One of the country’s leading Spanish-language theaters, GALA presents plays in Spanish and English and provides a diverse program of theater, poetry, music, and dance to a wide audience. The company has cultivated relationships with actors in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Argentina, Cuba, Peru, Venezuela, and a number of other Latin American countries while serving as a cultural focal point for the growing Hispanic community in Washington.
GALA was founded in 1976 by Hugo Medrano and Rebecca Read, who married shortly thereafter; the company name is an acronym for Grupo de Artistas Latino Americanos. Programming ranges from classics and musicals to contemporary plays by unknown writers. For several years, most of the plays were presented in Spanish and English — sometimes back-to-back, sometimes on alternate days. The company eventually abandoned that idea and began presenting plays almost exclusively in Spanish, providing headphones with English translations. Recently, the theater switched to projecting surtitles (supertitles).
One of GALA’s biggest challenges during its first three decades of existence was finding a permanent home, but since 2006, the company has been happily ensconced at the historic Tivoli Theatre in the Columbia Heights district.
GALA Hispanic Theatre Information
- Public Transportation: Good
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Performance schedule varies, but generally Thursday–Sunday
- Ticket Prices: Single tickets are $32–$36, discounts available for students, seniors, and military, discounts for groups of 10 or more, shows available on Goldstar.com
- Subscriptions: Season subscription $125, Flex (four-pack) $130. Benefits include unlimited exchanges and discounts for friends.