Thursday, August 4 @8PM
The Road on Lankershim – UPSTAIRS THEATRE
5108 Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(Street parking or paid lot parking at 5125 Lankershim Blvd)
By Stephanie Walker
Directed by Emily Chase
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
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.
No reservations or advance tickets. Admission is by donation ($15 suggested).
MEET YOUR PLAYWRIGHT
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’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.