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Santa Monica's Morgan-Wixson Theatre Presents



By Special Arrangement

with Author LUIS VALDEZ


(In Order of Appearance)


Buddy Villa….. ……….Richard R Rosales

Sonny Villa……………Michael D Aguilar

Connie Villa…………..Diana Cabuto López

Anita…………………..Constance Jiang

Reporter…….. ……….Xochitl Rios-Ellis


Sonny u/s……………. Devin D Dominguez

Anita u/s…….. ……….Joanna Gifford Yi



Director………………. Drina Durazo

Producer…………….. Christopher Aruffo

Stage Manager……...Xochitl Rios-Ellis


Set Designer………….William Wilday

Scenic Designer……..William Wilday

Lighting Designer…….William Wilday

Costume Designer……Alejandro Bermudez

Sound Designer………Drina Durazo 

Video Designer……….Drina Durazo

Fight Choreographer…Marc Antonio Pritchett

Odori Choreographer…Mirai Booth-Ong

Assistant Stage Manager……………Anastasia Halfon

Light Board Operator……..Nora Harris


Special Thanks: The director would like to thank Bert Emmett, Gus Krieger, Marc Antonio Prichett, Kevin Williams



The Reagan years, the mid-1980s.



Monterey Park— a suburb of Greater Los Angeles, on the distant fringe of Hollywood, USA.





The play touches on topics of violence, rape, suicide, and mental illness. There will be flashing light effects in the second act. 

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Meet the Cast and Crew

Michael D Aguilar


Michael D. Aguilar is originally from Middletown, NY and now based in Los Angeles, CA. Michael is an actor and U.S. Army Veteran. After his service, Michael attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City and performed in the Scranton Shakespeare Festival.

Michael has been a part of international award winning projects such as Indemnity, Duped, and Beachcomber. In addition to acting, Michael has written and directed a semi-autobiographical military play titled ‘Let Go’ that premiered at The New York Theater Festival.

Devin D Dominguez

Sonny u/s

Devin D. Dominguez graduated AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts in 2015 and is thrilled to be returning to The Morgan Wixson. Originally from Santa Fe New Mexico, Devin has enjoyed performing all across LA from Glendale to Santa Monica. Favorite MWT credits include: She Loves Me (Ensemble) and The Drowsey Chaperone (Ensemble, Robert/George u.s.) Thank you so much to this incredible cast and production team for all of your support.

Constance Jiang


Constance Jiang is thrilled to make her theater debut with the Morgan-Wixson Theatre as Anita in “I Don’t Have To Show You No Stinking Badges”! She is originally from Sugar Land, Texas and is now based in Los Angeles, California.

Diana Cabuto López


Diana Cabuto is an actress, content creator and performer born and raised in Mexico by her mother and abuelita. She has been a theater, film and commercial actress for over 10 years. She appeared most recently in the Amazon limited series Things Eternal and Netflix series Gentefied. Some of her work in film includes Nona, produced by Kate Bosworth. She has worked commercials in both English and Spanish. She has partnered with actress and storyteller Christina Igaraividez in producing, writing and directing their very own content Channel dedicated primarily but not limited to women and diverse talent. Her first love is theater. This is her second performance at the Wixson. Last show was Addicts Chris.... She is thrilled to have found a new family with the Cast of Badges.

Richard R Rosales


Richard is excited and honored to be back on the Morgan Wixson Stage, after playing Armand in A Tangled Affair for the MWT New Works Festival. Prior to that he played Feldzeig in MWT’s Mainstage production of The Drowsy Chaperone. Los Angeles native, Richard started his endeavors as a gospel music soloist. Performing at churches and events throughout Southern California and the US. In 2008, he was introduced to the world of musical theatre and classical music by voice coach, Cathy Gabrielle Wallace (Culver City, CA). Since then he has had the pleasure of playing Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes Meets The Bully Of Baker Street (Culver City Public Theatre). The Evil King in Rosalynde And The Falcon (Culver City Public Theatre). Tevye, in a concert version of Fiddler On The Roof. Charlie Brown, in You're A Good Man Charlie Brown (Grace Players). Georgie, in The Adventures Of The Thin Man (Grace Players). As well as a whole host of characters in musical reviews, showcase's, and benefit concerts.

Joanna Gifford Yi

Anita u/s

Joanna Gifford Yi (she/her) is an American actress born in East Texas to an American father and Korean mother.
Yi began acting and modeling at a young age, in local and community theater and film productions as well as her mom's hairshows. In 2021 Yi moved to Los Angeles, CA to fully pursue her career as an actor.
As well as acting and modeling, Yi is a ceramic and mixed-media artist, writer, and yoga teacher. In a past life, she was a musician and Professor of Art. Yi would like to thank the wonderful folks at Morgan-Wixson theater, Director Drina Durazo, Producer Chris Aruffo, Dance Choreographer Mirai Booth-Ong, as well as her fellow cast and crewmates for such an amazing experience.

Luis Valdez


Luis Valdez Chicano playwright, screenwriter, film director and actor. Regarded as the father of Chicano film and theater, Valdez is best known for his play Zoot Suit, his movie La Bamba, and his creation of the Obie Award winning El Teatro Campesino. He has won numerous LA Drama Critic Awards, Dramalogue Awards, Bay Area Critics Awards, the prestigious George Peabody Award for excellence in television, the Presidential Medal of the Arts, the Governor’s Award from the California Arts Council, and Mexico’s prestigious Aguila Azteca Award given to individuals whose work promotes cultural excellence and exchange between US and Mexico

Drina Durazo

Director / Sound & Video Designer

Drina is a director, designer, and producer from East Los Angeles, CA. She is delighted to be making her MWT debut with Mr. Valdez’s I Don’t Have to Show You No Stinking Badges. Some of her directing credits include: for Porters of Hellsgate– Breaking Bard at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival (Spirit of the Fringe Award-Winning), Breaking Bard Redux (Valley Theater Award-Winning), A Christmas Carol, The One-Man Play (Valley Theater Award Nominated); for The Group Rep– The Armadillo Necktie (world premiere; winner of 7 Scenie Awards), and George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. Drina has also directed and sound-designed productions for Mammoth Lakes Rep, including Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some), and All the Great Books (Abridged). Drina is an associate member of the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society (SDC). When not at the theater, Drina enjoys precious time with her greatest creation, her daughter Gwendolyn! Love to GCK!

Christopher Aruffo


Christopher Aruffo returns to the Morgan–Wixson, but this time he's behind the scenes. Chris is an actor, teacher, and cognitive psychologist; he was previously seen at the Morgan–Wixson in the New Works Festival and, pre-pandemic, in It's Only a Play. If you search for Chris' name on Youtube you'll find an entertaining TEDx talk about accents and dialects. Chris wishes the best to the cast of Badges and thanks you for coming to see the show!

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