La Ruta

La Ruta

November 2 - December 2, 2019
Portland Opera (The Hampton Opera Center)

by Isaac Gomez
directed by Dámaso Rodríguez

Since 1993, the women of Juárez, Mexico have been disappearing and no one has solved the mystery. The bus route that takes these women to and from their U.S.-owned factory jobs is often the last place they are seen. Based on real life testimonies, each woman represented in La Ruta bears witness to the secrets buried under the hot desert sun. Bouncing back and forth in time and featuring live music, the intensely harrowing La Ruta gives a passionate voice to the women who have disappeared.

Awards for Isaac Gomez
2018 Lanford Wilson Award

“countless moments of sheer theatrical beauty”
– Ben Kaye, New City Stage


Open Captioning 5 Open Captioned Matinee: Nov 30 at 2pm

Wheelchair seating: Call the box office at 503.241.1278 to reserve.

Digital FM hearing systems are available.


Prep for La Ruta with this book and movie list from the Multnomah County Library.

Take a deep dive into the play with our STUDY GUIDE.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls Report

Portland Opera (The Hampton Opera Center)

128 NW 11th Ave Portland, OR 97209



Isaac Gomez

Production Team

Yasmin Ruvalcaba
Assistant Director/Cultural Consultant
Christopher Acebo
Scenic Designer
Blanca Forzán
Lighting Designer
Rodolfo Ortega
Music Director, Sound Designer, & Composer
Alan Cline
Projection Designer
Laura Savage
Properties Master
Jonathan Cole
Fight Choreographer
Luan Schooler
Stephanie Gaslin
Dialect/Voice Coach
Amanda K Cole
Intimacy Consultant
Rick Anderson
Assistant Scenic Designer
Carol Ann Wohlmut
Stage Manager
Ariela Subar
Production Assistant
Megan Thorpe
Production Assistant
Dave Petersen
Live Sound Op
Alana Wight-Yedinak
Costume/Wardrobe Head
Alex Pletcher
Assistant Costume Designer/Shopper
Fabi Reyna


La Ruta
La Ruta


Show Sponsors

Charlotte Rubin
Wolfgang Dempke, in memory of Alise Rubin

Season Sponsors

Colliers International
Robert & Mercedes Eichholz Foundation
Nossa Famila Coffee
Regional Arts & Culture Council
The Shubert Foundation Inc.
US Bank
Wood Partners
Rafati’s Catering
Cultural Trust
Howard S. Wright
The Kinsman Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
The Oregon Community Foundation
Ronni Lacroute
David & Christine Vernier