Or How the Coyote Fell in Love with the Butterfly who tried to be a Lizard

by Amalia Oliva Rojas

February 1-11, 2023

Julia de Burgos Performance and Arts Center

Performed in English. February 11th at 2pm we will have ASL interpretation.

Content Warnings: Anti-Immigrant Language, Death, Description of Sexual Assault, Police Violence


Or How the Coyote Fell in Love with the Butterfly who tried to be a Lizard


In How to MELT ICE, Rojas weaves together a tapestry of magical realism, Mexican mythology and authentic immigrant experience in a highly stylized framework that explores the demands of familial love and the generational divide between “Dreamers” and those who carried them to the promised land. A chorus of three Tías (aunts) share family secrets and neighborhood chisme (gossip) with audience members, who will find themselves sometimes as allies, sometimes as a threat, while the choices of two cousins play out against the backdrop of what is now a decades-long American Tragedy.

This is the world premiere of How to MELT ICE. This is a co-production between Boundless Theatre Company and New Perspectives Theatre Company.

This production is made possible, in part, with support from The NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre by the City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment in association with The New York Foundation for the Arts; and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the NYS Legislature as well as the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.



Claudia Acosta

Regina Carregha

Brenda Flores

Bruce Jimenez

Tatiana Mirabent

Jomack Miranda

Bradley Tejeda

Creative Team:

Written by Amalia Oliva Rojas
Directed by Elena Araoz
Lighting Designer/Producer: Maria Cristina Fusté
Dramaturg/Producer: Melody Brooks
Scenic Designer: Raul Abrego
Costume Designer: Christopher Vergara
Sound Designer/Composer: Nathan Leigh
Fight/Intimacy Director: Ray Anthony Rodríguez
Assistant Director: Kaelani Burja
Stage Manager: Zeynep Akca