The Madres - A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere
By Stephanie Alison Walker
Directed by Lily Wolff - Asst. Direction & Dramaturgy by Clarissa Smith-Hernandez
What would you do to save your family?
What would you do to save your country?
Set against the backdrop of La Dictadura in Argentina, where over 30,000 “subversives” including students, artists, journalists, political activists, and the brave mothers looking for their loved ones were disappeared by their own government, The Madres examines one family’s desperate fight, and the strength and endurance of the women known as Las Madres. Las Madres broke the silence against this oppressive regime in the 1970s, and they are still marching to this day.
It’s 1978 in Buenos Aires and people are disappearing right off the street. What would you do? Look away? Or march against the oppression?
As a divisive government turns neighbor against neighbor, Carolina risks everything to search for her pregnant daughter, Belén. While Carolina marches, her mother receives a surprise visit from someone who may hold the key to finding her. Together, they come up with a plan to bring Belén and her unborn child home. Will it work? Will they save her? Will they save themselves?
Photo by Errich Petersen - Mary Alice Carnes as Josefina and Yesenia Garcia Herrington as Carolina
The final production in this National New Play Network rolling world premiere by Stephanie Alison Walker is proudly presented by Shrewd Productions, directed by award-winning director, Lily Wolff, with assistant direction and dramaturgy by Clarissa Smith-Hernandez. The Madres boasts an incredible cast and crew including: Yesenia Garcia Herrington as Carolina, Mary Alice Carnes as Josefina, Madison Palomo as Deseparacida, Carlo Lorenzo Garcia as Diego, and Rupert Reyes as Padre Juan, with set and prop design by Indigo Rael, costumes by Laura Gonzalez, lighting design by Patrick Anthony, sound design by Benjamin Galvan and stage management by Ashton B. Murphy. Other partners in this rolling world premiere include Teatro Vista (Chicago), Skylight Theatre Company (Los Angeles), and Moxie Theatre (San Diego).
National New Play Network (NNPN) is the country’s alliance of non-profit professional theaters dedicated to the development, production, and continued life of new plays. Since its founding in 1998, NNPN has supported more than 250 productions nationwide through its innovative National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere program, which provides playwright and production support for new works at its Member theaters. Additional programs - its annual National Conference, National Showcase of New Plays, Travel banks and online information sessions - have helped cement the Network’s position as a vital force in the new play landscape. NNPN also strives to pioneer, implement, and disseminate ideas and programs that revolutionize the way theaters collaborate to support new plays and playwrights. Its most recent project, the New Play Exchange, is changing the way playwrights share their work and others discover it by providing immediate access to information on nearly 17,000 new plays by living writers. NNPN’s 30 Core and 80 Associate Members - along with the more than 250 affiliated artists who are its alumni, the thousands of artists and artisans employed annually by its member theaters, and the hundreds of thousands of audience members who see its supported works each year - are creating the new American theater. nnpn.org| newplayexchange.org