El Diablo Made Him Do It

For many, portly symbols of the holidays conjure up images of St. Nick and Frosty. Not for James Garcia, New Carpa Theater’s founder and playwright, who’s added Joe Arpaio to the list with American Pastorela: The Saga of Sheriff Joe.

James Rivas plays Sheriff Joke in the topical seasonal tale. “He’s got a nice, big gut,” says Garcia of Rivas, “and can do that gross John Wayne [voice] that Sheriff Joe does.”

Mixing satire with immigration issues, American Pastorela tells the tallish tale of the deal Arpaio strikes with the Devil following a fatal heart attack: his life in exchange for stopping the Hernandez family from getting to Bethlehem by way of the Phoenix Light Rail.

Ho ho . . . Joe?

Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Dec. 4. Continues through Dec. 13, 2009