Inspired by a little-known event in Texas history, Crystal City 1969 is based on the true story of Mexican-American students in south Texas who walked out of their school and into civil rights history. 

On December 9th, 1969, Crystal City High School students Severita Lara, Diana Serna, and Mario Treviño led a historic walkout that gained national attention. The students inspired local Mexican-Americans to run for political office, and won a majority on the school board in 1970. Institutional changes were immediately made to the educational system in Crystal City. For one, all students K-12 were required to learn to read, write, and speak Spanish, which inspired educators across the country to integrate bilingual education in their schools. The production is bilingual. 

“Crystal City 1969” is an example of American Democracy at its best.  

Written by David Lozano and Raul Treviño 

Directed by David Lozano  



Crystal City 1969 

Thursday, January 19, 2023 Student matinee at 10:00 AM  

Friday, January 20, 2023 Senior Citizen matinee at 10:00 AM 

Friday, January 20, 2023 General Admission at 8:00 PM 

Saturday, January 21, 2023 General Admission at 8:00 PM 

Sunday, January 22, 2023 General Admission at 3:00 PM 


Historic Guadalupe Theater 

1301 Guadalupe St. 

San Antonio, Texas 78207 



$15 General Admission  

$10 Students 

Ages 60+ FREE, courtesy of Gonzaba Foundation* 

*Patrons ages 60+ receive a complimentary admission courtesy of Gonzaba Foundation; reserve your seat with discount code GONZABA and present valid ID at door.


Sponsors include:

Santander Consumer USA Foundation; Gonzaba Foundation; Humanities Texas; Mexican American Civil Rights Institute; Texas Commission on the Arts; City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture.