Drummer, Louie Pérez, and guitarist, David Hidalgo, transformed "Evangeline" and other Los Lobos tracks into a musical theatre production titled Evangeline, the Queen of Make-Believe
, which debuted at LA's Bootleg Theatre in May 2012. In our interview, Pérez
told us the "Evangeline" character is loosely based on his sister: "It's very loosely imagined from my experience with my older sister - this was her. I was two years younger, which is huge when you're a kid. It was watching all the Shindig
and the Hollywood-A-Go-Go
and all this stuff on television and the afternoon teen music shows. And just watching her, I remember her dance partner was this pilaster that was in the living room and literally it had the paint worn off from her using it as a dance partner. So this story was loosely inspired by that. Of course, we're taking it a step further and really embellishing Evangeline's story. I kind of lived that same experience with my sister a little later on when I discovered music."