Ka-HOOTZ’s first production at Aux Dog is the regional premiere of The True History of Coca-Cola in Mexico, a work Holmes believes is a perfect fit for Albuquerque. It follows two young filmmakers as they travel through Mexico to document what they see as the corrosive influence of American capitalism on Mexican culture. In the process of capturing this exploitation, they themselves exploit a people they know little about beyond assumptions and stereotypes.
“It’s a great play and really important for New Mexico audiences, and I think they’ll appreciate it,” Holmes says. “New Mexico audiences are really smart.”
Though the play debuted in Minneapolis and has been previously produced in the Pacific Northwest, it’s a first for this area and a step toward Ka-HOOTZ’s goal of staging all new work.
The True History of Coca-Cola in Mexico runs Jan. 9-25, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 6 p.m. Call 254-7716 for tickets. Aux Dog Theatre is located at 3011 Monte Vista NE.