Royal Mexican History

January 2004.  In an attempt to increase Latino representation in Houston’s theatre scene, Alvaro Saar Rios, Michelle Lopez-Rios, Ezequiel Guerra Jr., Lupe Mendez and Chris Rivera form The Royal Mexican Players.  

Dubbing themselves “Houston’s brownest performance troupe,” the all Latino performance troupe make their professional debut with The Royal Mexican Players present The Crazy Mexican Show at the cultural arts center M.E.C.A.(Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts) in the Spring of 2004.  

After a successful debut, The RMP’s are invited to perform at Clarkson University in New York and at the 1st Annual TeatroFEST held at the historic Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio, TX.  

Spring 2006.  The Royal Mexican Players solidify their position in the Houston’s theatre scene with their second show--A Trip Through the Mind of a ‘Crazy’ Mexican.  Directed by Michelle Lopez-Rios, the show was presented at TBH(Talento Bilingue de Houston) to sold-out audiences. 

Summer 2006. The RMP’s relocate to Milwaukee, WI and establish themselves in the local theater scene by collaborating with various theaters, universities and cultural centers including UW-Milwaukee, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Bad Soviet Habits, Walker’s Point Center for the Arts and The United Community Center. 

2008.  After receiving a commission to develop a performance piece that reflects Milwaukee's growing Latino community, The Royal Mexican Players create Welcome to Milwaukee/Bienvenidos a Milwaukee.

2011.  The RMP's produce one-man show One Hot Texican Summer(or the summer I found out I was Mexican) and tour it to sold-out houses in Milwaukee and Houston.

Spring 2015.  The Royal Mexican Players develop 500 Years, a one-woman show that explores the memory of 500-year-old woman as she reflects on her life.  The play is presented as a staged reading at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre as part of the Montgomery Davis New Play Reading Series.

Fall 2015.  The Royal Mexican Players create The RMP Project: WTF?!?!, a collection of short plays to be presented by students of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  

In 2017, The Royal Mexican Players move to Chicago.  They look forward to creating theatre in their new home while also maintaining connections to the cities(Milwaukee, Houston) that supported their early work.