Phoenix Theatre production ‘Americano!’ defines the American immigration experience

A view of rehearsals at the Phoenix Theatre Company, which plans to feature Americano! in early 2020. / Photo Matt Schaefe / Scottsdale Independent

The story of a Phoenix Dreamer debuts in early 2020

By Terrance Thornton | Scottsdale Independent

All his life, three words meant more to him than any others he heard or read before them: honor, courage and commitment.

Although he can’t articulate just exactly why those words shaped his life, Phoenix resident, Dreamer and political operative Tony Valdovinos defies the odds and defines an experience uniquely Mexican-American.

Mr. Valdovinos bleeds red, white and blue.

“By the time I got into high school, I knew I wanted to join the Marine Corps. as my family and I learned very early on I wasn’t the valedictorian student,” he said. “At the time, I was very into weight lifting, and a lot of my life revolved around getting stronger — for me, it was mostly about survival.”

Growing up in south Phoenix, Mr. Valdovinos lived a uniquely American life complete with neighborhood schools, friends and working in the family business.

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