The Madres by Stephanie Walker

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Thursday, August 4 @8PM

LOCATION

The Road on Lankershim – UPSTAIRS THEATRE

5108 Lankershim Boulevard

North Hollywood, CA 91601

(Street parking or paid lot parking at 5125 Lankershim Blvd)

 

THE MADRES

By Stephanie Walker

Directed by Emily Chase

 

CAST

JOSEFINA ACOSTA – Denise Blasor*

CAROLINA ACOSTA – Arianna Ortiz

BELEN ACOSTA – Kyla Garcia*

DIEGO THE SOLDIER – Daniel Penilla

PADRE JUAN – Marcelo Tubert*

STAGE DIRECTIONS – Natalie Berk

*Appears courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association

 

SYNOPSIS

It’s  1979  in  Buenos  Aires,  Argentina  where  people  are  disappearing  right  off  the  street.   The  so-­called  “Dirty  War”  waged  by  the  military  Junta  against  its  own  people  is  in   full-­swing.  Carolina  and  her  mother  Josefina  are  covertly  searching  for  their  pregnant   daughter/granddaughter,  Belén,  who  has  been  missing  for  twelve  weeks.  When  they   receive  a  surprise  visit  first  from  a  priest  who  is  now  ministering to the military at  ESMA   (one  of  the  known  concentration  camps)  and  then  by  a  soldier  from  the  neighborhood   who  is  also  stationed  at  ESMA,  they  come  up  with  a  plan  to  try  to  see  Belén  one  last   time.  Will  it  work?  Will  they  be  able  to  save  her  baby?  Will  they  be  able  to  save   themselves?

The Madres is a winner of the Ashland New Plays Festival, the winner of the GENERATIONS prize and was a finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.

 

TICKETS

No reservations or advance tickets. Admission is by donation ($15 suggested).

 

MEET YOUR PLAYWRIGHT

STEPHANIE WALKER

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Stephanie Alison Walker’s plays include The Madres, The Abuelas, The Art of Disappearing, American Home, The Sister House, Three Fittings and The Box Jumper. Stephanie’s work has been produced and/or developed at San Diego Rep, 16th Street Theater, Chicago Dramatists, Boulder Ensemble Theater Company, Antaeus Theatre Company, The Road Theatre, Moving Arts, The Blank Theatre, American Blues Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville and more. Awards include: Ashland New Plays Festival, Blue Ink Award, the Generations Prize, finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, CTG/Humanitas Playwriting Prize, Four-time Finalist for the Heideman Award. Stephanie’s short plays are anthologized by Smith & Kraus. She is a proud member of the Playwrights Union, Antaeus Playwrights Lab, Chicago Dramatists Network Playwrights and The Dramatists Guild of America. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Bob their sons Malcolm (6) and Graham (2.6) and Pablo the Pug.

 

MEET YOUR DIRECTOR

EMILY CHASE

Emily’s directing credits include DIVORCE COURT HELL at the Antaeus Company; A LITTLE HOUSE CHRISTMAS at Sierra Madre Playhouse; ROUND AND ROUND THE GARDEN and THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND at Theater 40; AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD at the Road Theater; and numerous staged readings and new play development projects at the Road, Antaeus, Playwrights Union, Met Theater, Classical Theater Lab, Strasberg, etc. She facilitates and directs for the Antaeus Playwrights Lab, and has been teaching acting and voice and directing shows at Antaeus Academy, A Noise Within, The University of California, and AMDA. An actress and singer, Emily’s performed at South Coast Rep, Antaeus, Taper Too, and lots more places. She earned her MFA in Theater Arts from UCLA.