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OUR DAD IS IN ATLANTIS at the Cleveland Play House/Borderlight Theatre Festival

 

When two brothers are dropped off at their grandmother’s, the boys are not quite sure where he is going or when they will see him again. All they know is grandmother’s house smells like old people and they are a little afraid of her. And that dad has crossed the border to build a life in Atlantis…or wait, Atlanta? As the months go on and no word comes from dad, the boys are bounced between family members and encounter first loves, bullies, and loss. They soon find themselves at the border in search of their father and a place to call home. A funny, candid, and ultimately heartbreaking tale of separated families, growing up, and the children lost in migration.

The play was originally written in Spanish by one of Mexico’s premiere writers, Javier Malpica, and will be presented as a reading in an English translation by celebrated CubanAmerican playwright Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas. 

JULY 27 @ 5PM

LA PALOMA PRISONER at Next Door @ New York Theatre Workshop

 

Estefanía will be directing and co-producing LA PALOMA PRISONER by Raquel Almazán at Next Door@NYTW in spring 2020! Stay tuned for the community engagement program accompanying the production, kicking off in Sept 2019.

LA PALOMA PRISONER is a multi-disciplinary play about the reclamation of identity by women in the Colombian prison system. Based on the true story of a group of incarcerated women selected as beauty queen contestants at the Buen Pastor prison in Bogotá, this new play interweaves the ritualistic journey of a “parade of prisoners” within Colombia’s social, political, and spiritual history. The play centers on an infamous woman nicknamed “La Paloma” who transcendentally soars beyond physical and societal barriers to avenge the raped women of Bogotá. Her actions revolutionize the women’s lives, Bogotá’s prison society, and the world beyond its walls. 

This play was developed alongside and will continue a community engagement program of panels, workshops, staged readings, and community partnerships with organizations dedicated to serving people impacted by the criminal justice system.

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Summer 2019

June: Reading of The Merchant of Venice, translated by Elise Thoron for the PLAY ON! Festival in partnership with Classic Stage Company and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. More info here.

 

June-July: Kate Hamill’s wacky adaptation of Pride and Prejudice at the Heritage Theatre Festival in Charlottesville, VA. Tickets here.

 

August: Agent 355 will be in residence at Chautauqua Theatre Company, with workshop performances on the 15-18th. Tickets here.

INK'd Festival at Playwrights Realm

Estefanía is directing a workshop of  Bleu Beckford-Burrell's new play Lyons' Pride at the Playwrights' Realm INK'd Festival! Staged readings on April 16 at 3p and 7p at the Ars Nova Loft.

"The Lyons household may be struggling to stay afloat, but one thing it doesn't lack is pride. A family play about love, identity and overcoming life challenges, Lyons Pride tells the story not only of what it means to be Jamaican and proud, but also the universal struggles shared by all families, immigrant or native, in America."

World Premiere of AZUL by Christina Quintana

 

Estefanía is thrilled to be reunited with Christina Quintana on her new play, premiering at Southern Rep in New Orleans. Performances April 1-15.

>> Times-Picayune Review "Cuban-American drama ‘Azul’ at Southern Rep is magnificent"

>> The New Orleans Advocate Review "'Azul' showcases homegrown talent "

Working internationally in Bulgaria this winter!

Estefanía is directing world premiere of THE SAME DAY by Stefan Ivanov in Sofia, Bulgaria! Opening February 15th at Sfumato Theatre.

November/December 2018

 

- Directing a production of OLD FRIENDS WHO JUST MET by Amy E. Witting, commissioned for the graduating class at The Lee Strasberg Institute/NYU

- Directing a workshop of LYONS PRIDE by Bleu Beckford Burrell at The Playwrights' Realm, NYC

- Directing a workshop of RECENT UNSETTLING EVENTS by Andrea Stolowitz at Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland, OR

October 2018

Oct 3-6: Production of BIG LOVE by Charles Mee at the Atlantic Conservatory. Tickets here.

Oct 5: Reading of SO GO THE GHOSTS OF MEXICO, PART 1 by Matthew Paul Olmos at New Dramatists (part of an all-day marathon of the three plays in the SO GO THE GHOSTS OF MEXICO cycle). Reserve here.

Plus: In rehearsal for OLD FRIENDS WHO JUST MET by Amy E. Witting (Odets New Play Commission) at the Lee Strasberg Institute/NYU, and workshopping AGENT 355 by Preston Max Allen and Jessica Kakohska at Musical Theatre Factory!

PRANAYAMA by James Anthony Tyler at Juilliard Playwrights Festival

 

Estefanía is directing a workshop of James Anthony Tyler's new play PRANAYAMA as part of the 2018 Juilliard Playwrights Festival, going up Sept 5-8!

Christina Quintana's SCISSORING Premiering Off-Broadway

Estefanía is thrilled to be directing SCISSORING by Christina Quintana, running May 31-June 30 at INTAR!

In Scissoring, Abigail Bauer, a New Orleans native and resident, must confront the clash between the life she has created with her long term girlfriend and her career as a devoted teacher in a repressive Catholic school. Through her struggle, Abigail receives pressure from the school's shape-shifting, personified public address system and guidance from the figures of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Roosevelt's devoted friend and lover, Lorena Hickok.

 

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