A World Premiere Play by Carlos-Zenen Trujillo

November 18th - December 31st, 2021




The Story

The lechón is roasting, the yuca bubbles and the flan is steaming in the oven, all the trappings of Noche Buena! For Iris Delgado Piñeira it means the trip back to her family home in Hialeah, except this year she’s bringing a surprise, her boyfriend and soon to be fiancé, Bryan, to meet her parents and her aging Abuela. Just another ingredient in the chaos before Christmas. Join the Delgado-Piñeiras as they fall in love, reconnect, rediscover traditions, and prepare a Noche Buena for the ages!


Were it movie, would be rated would be rated PG, with some adult themes and mild language.


$43 A Level Seating / $39 B Level Seating / $29 C Level Seating

Show Times

All matinees start at 1 pm and all evening shows start at 8pm

It was the universality of experience that initially pulled me into the story. Who among us has not experienced the rush of embarrassment and hope introducing a new partner to our extended family, or the anxiety of the partner being thus introduced? Add in a cultural divide and you have an atmosphere fraught with possibilities. Leave it to OCT to explore these possibilities with consummate professionalism and top-notch production values, to say nothing of humor and compassion, and, oh yeah, music. Director Guillermo Cienfuegos's deft touch is seen in the timing and the many details about the Cuban-American experience this production seems to nail, but it is in the casting that the show soars.
Stephanie Bartlett

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Praise for Christmas, Contigo from Facebook 

"Saw this for yesterday's matinee. Enjoyed it greatly!"

"We had such a sweet evening at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre watching the hilarious and heartwarming Christmas Contigo, written by the talented Carlos-Zenen Trujillo!!! Don’t miss this one, you guys!!!! 🎄"

"This is a heartfelt and hilarious show that is as well written as it is performed. Every single cast member shines. Please do yourself a favor and see this perfect holiday story of coming together. And do NOT miss out on all the great Cuban food."

"Looking forward to seeing it again."

"A Great play! We really enjoyed it, Great actors, choreography!"

"Loved it! Reminded me of mi familia"

"I want to be clear. This play is so great. It is brand new….first audience last night. Super kudos to The Oregon Cabaret Theatre for producing an new Christmas play with a Cuban twist. It is hilariously funny, with a big giant heart beating for family, for celebrate. According to the play Cubans don’t mourn, they celebrate!!! I spent two hours celebrating!!!"

"Great way to kick off the holiday season!"

"Great show. Great performance."


"We went to the Christmas Contigo show and it was so much fun! Actors did a great job with the story, they drew the crowd in and seemed to really have fun with it. Highly recommend seeing one of these intimate and entertaining shows."

Shannon on Google Reviews

We love the Cabaret! It’s so fun. The food is fantastic, show is amazing, dessert is drool worthy.

Ali on Google Reviews

Meet the Cast




Iris is appearing on the OCT stage for her first time. She comes to us from San Francisco, CA but is no stranger to Ashland as she holds a BFA in Performance from Southern Oregon University. Other regional performance credits include Understudy in Midsummer Night's Dream (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Hedda Gabler in Hedda Gabler, Caterina in Silkworms (Oregon Center for the Arts); Maria in The Palacios Sisters (Brava for Women in the Arts). “Thank you to my Big Fat Greek/Salvadorian Family, my partner Sean, my cat Zuko and Carlos-Zenen Trujillo.”



Juan Antonio

Al is making his OCT debut. He is originally from Miami, FL but has been a resident in Ashland for the past ten years where he has appeared in many productions with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Roles with OSF include Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Edmund Dantes in The Count of Monte Cristo,  Trigorin in The Seagull,  Parolles in All's Well That Ends Well. Other performance credits include Broadway: Roberto in Getting Away With Murder (Broadhurst Theatre), Ramone & Cracker Jack (u/s) in Sacrilege (Belasco Theatre). Off Broadway: Hippolito in Women Beware Women (Red Bull Theatre), Oliver in As You Like It NYSF/Public Theatre, Orsino in Twelfth Night (NYSF/Public Theatre). Film/TV: Che, Mob Rules, The Tavern, Law & Order LA, Law & Order, House (recurring), 30 Rock, Numbers, Fidel (Miniseries) NYPD Blue, One Life to Live (recurring), among others. “Dedicado a mi Tio Eloy Eduardo Espinosa y Prima Tamara Espinosa and my dear friend Jeremy Eisen.”




Jezabel is making her Oregon Cabaret Theatre debut. She hails from New York City and Hoboken, NJ. Credits include Off-Broadway - Dinner For Two (ACE & HOLA Awards for Best Female Actor in a Comedy),  Lobsterface, The Giants Have Us In Their Books, A Couple of Bimbos Sitting Around Talking, La Gringa, Blood Wedding.  REGIONAL THEATRE:  Yo Soy Latina (Crossroads Theatre, NJ), Chewing Mother’s Bones (Guarini Theatre, NJ), The Cubans (Miami New Drama, The Colony).  FILM/TV –  Cassanova Was A Woman (15 awards, Amazon Prime), Unlawful Justice (Amazon Prime),  Wassup en L.A., Dangerous Relationships (Telemundo),  Far From Heaven, Wise Gals.  In 2007, Ms. Montero started her own film production company, Fuacata Films.  When she is not on stage or in front of the camera, she is a writer, director, producer, of both feature films and episodic tv/web series.  For more info on her work go to  www.fuacatafilms.com




Alina is appearing with Oregon Cabaret Theatre for the first time. Born in Cuba, raised in Miami, she has been living in Southern California since 1977. Other regional performance credits include Words From a Cuban Father, national and international tours of original solo show since 2014. More theater credits include Tilly in He Who Gets Slapped (Hudson Backstage); Deborah in Touch of the Poet (East LA Classical Company); Rosita in Pacific Ocean (South Coast Repertory); Mami in Accelerando (Odyssey Ensemble); Carlota in Women Without Men (Bilingual Foundation of the Arts); Modesta in Thin AIr (San Diego Rep); Sheila in A Chorus Line (Michael Bennett Spanish Touring Company). TV credits include The Shield, Judging Amy, Diagnosis Murder, Days of our Lives, Quantum Leap, Matlock, Webster. “Thank you Carlos for writing about my Cuban culture with such rich characters!”




Savanna is making her Oregon Cabaret Theatre debut. She is originally from the Humboldt County, CA area. Other regional performance credits include Chavonne in Pick Me Last (La Jolla Playhouse); Shakespeare in Love, Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles, Off the Rails (U/S, Oregon Shakespeare Festival); UC San Diego credits: Ali in Shame Spiral, Estrella in Life is a Dream, Bellhop in Orestes 2.0, Elektra in Elektra, Mailperson in HEAP, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream;Written in Stone (LJP WOW Fest); SOU credits: Master of Cermonies The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Sarah Good in The Crucible, Ronnette in Little Shop of Horrors, Caliban’s Dreams, Horse Girls. The Refugee Hotel (Latinx Play Project); Julia in Dream Hou$e (Latinx New Play Festival); The Madres, The Return of Tartuffe (Ashland New Plays Festival); The Epic of Gilgamesh (Oregon Fringe Festival); Jo in Saints Go Marching (Ingenio Milagro Festival). “Thank you to CarlosZenen Trujillo who created such a beautiful community! I love you and your words!”




Dan is making his Oregon Cabaret Theatre debut. He comes to us from Chicago, IL but originally hails from Gaithersburg, MD. Other regional performance credits include Prentiss in Peter and the Starcatcher, (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Charlie in Lucy and Charlie's Honeymoon, (Lookingglass Theatre); Darcy in Pride and Prejudice,  (P&P Productions);

Ensemble, XuXian u/s, The White Snake (Goodman, Old Globe). Dan’s educational background includes Interlochen Arts Academy, BFA in Acting, Fine Arts Scholarship Recipient, Chicago College of Performing Arts.

“Please consider watching my movie FLORA on Amazon Prime or iTunes!

Health is Wealth. Wishing all families Togetherness and a Peaceful Holiday.”




JL is appearing with Oregon Cabaret Theatre for the first time. He comes to us from Tampa, FL. Other regional performance credits include Kevin Rosario in In The Heights, Diego Rivera in La Casa Azul, Tito Merelli in Lend Me A Tenor, Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Pozzo in Waiting for Godot, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Polonius/Gravedigger in Hamlet, and Sancho in Man of La Mancha. TV work includes The First Wives Club, Billions, 30 Rock, and multiple commercials in Spanish & English. Film work includes The God Committee, The X Job, and Pan American. Directing credits include West Side Story, Evita, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, The Merry Widow, In the Time of the Butterflies, and The Lady from Havana. “This performance is dedicated to my father.”

The Team


Playwright - Carlos-Zenen Trujillo

Director - Guillermo Cienfuegos

Scenic Designer - Jose Manuel Diaz-Soto

Costume Designer - muriel mAngual

Lighting/Projection Designer - Chris Wood^

Sound Designer - Kimberly Carbone

Prop Designer - James Paul Xavier

Stage Manager/Production Manager - Julie Bangs*

Assistant Stage Manager - Isabella Cervantes

Technical Director - Spencer Funk

Track Creation - Sean Patton

Rehearsal Pianist - Alex Boyles