Desaparecida - Madison Palomo

Madison Palomo makes her Shrewd debut in the NNPN rolling world premiere of Stephanie Alison Walker's THE MADRES. A message from Madison I am incredibly honored to be apart of Shrewd’s Production of The Madres. Not only was I excited to be acting alongside amazing actors but to be directed by the wonderful Lily Wolf and Clarissa Smith-Hernandez as well. Before reading this script, I had known very little about the Dirty War and the Disappeared. It was difficult prepping and stomaching the awful events that occured in order to understand this role. However, it is important to know this history and as awful as this was, this family's story should be known so that this never happens again. Nunc

Meet our Collaborators - Zatero Dance!

Zatero Dance has created a pre-show performance for Shrewd's NNPN rolling world premiere of Stephanie Alison Walker's THE MADRES. A message from ZATERO Dance We were introduced to this project by our co-worker/friend, Clarissa Smith-Hernandez, early this year. We had never heard of the Dirty War before, so it was a shock to learn the many ways in which humanity was threatened during this time. This play is a beautiful example of the tragedy, fear and strength exemplified by those who had lost their loved ones, and it is an inspiration for moving forward and continuing to fight for what you love. ZATERO Dance is honored for the opportunity to put this story into movement, creating a new persp

Meet Carolina - Yesenia Garcia Herrington!

Yesenia Garcia Herrington plays Carolina in the NNPN rolling world premiere of Stephanie Alison Walker's THE MADRES for Shrewd Productions. A message from Yesenia I am excited to participate in this National New Play Network rolling world premiere of The Madres by Stephanie Alison Walker. Although the play takes place in 1978, one can draw many universal parallels to situations and events that are happening now in various parts of the world. I am grateful to Ms. Walker for telling a story that puts Latinx artists on the stage. I was initially drawn to the bold and fierce quality of the character of Carolina as she reminded me of the legacy of strong Latinas in my own family. It was the c

Meet the Set Designer - Indigo Rael!

Indigo Rael is the Set Designer for Shrewd's NNPN rolling world premiere of Stephanie Alison Walker's THE MADRES. A message from Indigo When Lily approached me about designing this show, I wondered if she would need a creative way to use garbage (my specialty). After reading the script I recognized the need for a quiet background upon which this important story could unfold. Of course I’m sourcing materials that might have been thrown away, and choosing sustainable ways to build and recycle this production. I’m honored to play with these artists, and excited to share the story of a generation discarded by their government. I hope you feel at home in the space we have created, but not comfort

Meet the Assistant Director and Dramaturg - Clarissa Smith-Hernandez!

Clarissa Smith-Hernandez is the Assistant Director, Dramaturg, and Assistant Production Manager for Shrewd's NNPN rolling world premiere of Stephanie Alison Walker's THE MADRES. A message from Clarissa This entire experience with The Madres has felt serendipitous. Lily Wolf, who is my very own Thespian God Mother, encouraged me to read stage directions for NNPN, and by chance I was assigned to read this beautiful play by Stephanie Alison Walker. Since 2016, this play has stayed in my heart and I promised myself that I would someday be a part of its production. Look! Here we are! I began to research more about Argentina and this very dark and very recent period in their history, only to find

Meet Padre Juan - Rupert Reyes!

Rupert Reyes plays Padre Juan in the NNPN rolling world premiere of Stephanie Alison Walker's THE MADRES for Shrewd Productions. A message from Rupert This is Rupert Reyes and I am so proud and happy to be part of what has been a great month of August for Latinx and/or Latinx themed plays with this production of THE MADRES by Stephanie Alison Walker. Theater has so many facets and all provide for audiences. Personally, theater that educates and entertains is the one, which appeals to me both as an audience member and theater artists. I congratulate Shannon Grounds for her selecting and producing of this piece. Theater with a “message” always struggles with the balance of being too dida

Meet the Costume Designer - Laura Gonzalez!

Laura Gonzalez is the Costume Designer for Shrewd's NNPN rolling world premiere of Stephanie Alison Walker's THE MADRES. A message from Laura It is truly an honor to work with these incredible artists, and to tell a story centered around the depth and strength of love. This story highlights a powerful and horrific historical moment, and finds beauty and fortitude. The time for this play, is now. About Laura Gonzalez Laura Gonzalez is an Austin native, fourth year B.A. in Theatre and Dance major with an emphasis on Design and Technology (Honors) at The University of Texas at Austin. She has designed for over 25 productions during her time at UT. Productions for both theatre, film, and dance.

Meet Josefina - Mary Alice Carnes!

Mary Alice Carnes plays Josefina in the NNPN rolling world premiere of Stephanie Alison Walker's THE MADRES for Shrewd Productions. A message from Mary Alice I am honored to be working on The Madres by Stephanie Walker and share this important time in history. I am grateful to Stephanie and Shrewd Productions for bringing this to life and for keeping the voices alive of all those who struggle for freedom. About Mary Alice Carnes She has with worked with Teatro Vivo as an actor and director including Cuento Navideño, Vecinos, Petra’s Sueño and with their Austin Latino New Play Festival: Los Tequileros and Primas, Petra’s Regalo. She has also performed, directed and assistant directed for Diff

Meet The Director - Lily Wolff!

Lily Wolff directs the NNPN rolling world premiere of Stephanie Alison Walker's THE MADRES for Shrewd Productions. A message from Lily Stephanie's stunning play stuck with me from the first time I heard it read almost two years ago. Carlo Garcia and Mary Alice Carnes performed in that reading and join us now for NNPN Rolling World Premiere. It stuck with them, too. I think this play inevitably touches everyone who hears it. Although it's set in a very specific place and time, Mary Alice likes to remind us in rehearsal - history repeats itself. And we just don't seem to learn. Or maybe we just don't listen. We desperately need this story in this place and time. Right here. Right now. The echo

Meet Diego - Carlo Lorenzo Garcia!

Carlo Lorenzo Garcia stars as Diego in the NNPN rolling world premiere of Stephanie Alison Walker's THE MADRES for Shrewd Productions. A message from Carlo I have known playwright Stephanie Alison Walker for 6 years. I worked on readings of her plays AMERICAN HOME and THE ART OF DISAPPEARING. I've always found her writing to be very immediate and real. When I first moved to Austin, one of the first acting gigs I received was to do a reading of THE MADRES as part of the National New Play Network Showcase. The story of the play was important then, but after working on the script during the course of this production and considering the current political climate of the United States, I can not h

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