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Native Gardens

By Karen Zacarías
Directed by Lisa Portes
Apr 6 - May 6, 2018
Run Time: To come
Ticket Price: Starting at $30. Prices vary by date and availability.
Age Recommendation: 14+
Advisory: This play contains mild adult themes and language. The scenic design includes some real dirt and mulch elements, as well as floral-scented air effects.

Dealing with neighbors can be thorny, especially for Pablo and Tania, a young Latino couple who have just moved into a well-established DC neighborhood. Though Frank and Virginia have the best intentions for making the new couple feel welcome next door, their newly budding friendship is tested when they realize their shared property line isn’t where it’s supposed to be. Frank is afraid of losing his prized garden, Pablo wants what is legally his, Tania has a pregnancy and a thesis she’d rather be worrying about, and Virginia just wants some peace. But until they address the real roots of their problems, it’s all-out war in this hilarious and heartfelt play about the lines that divide us and those that connect us.

Playwright Karen Zacarías (Just Like UsThe Book Club Play) is one of the most-produced Latina playwrights in the nation and the creator of multiple award-winning plays. She is a core founder of the Latino/a Theatre Commons, alongside Director Lisa Portes. Primarily tackling new plays and musicals, Portes serves on the board of Theatre Communications Group, heads the MFA directing program at DePaul University and has directed at dozens of theatres around the country.

Producing Partners:  Margot & Allan Frank and Robert & Judi Newman


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Apr 17 | 6:30pm

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Apr 22 | 1:30pm

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Acclaimed Latina Playwright Karen Zacarías shatters biases, a laugh at a time
A schoolyard bully's racial insults eventually led to a prolific Mexican-American playwright's funny, and spot-on, works.
~NBC News

Karen Zacarías
Karen Zacarías, Playwright


Lisa Portes
Lisa Portes, Director
Recent credits: Disgraced (Cincinnati Playhouse), This Is Modern Art (Steppenwolf), Ghostwritten (Goodman Theatre), After a Hundred Years (Guthrie Theatre), Grounded (American Blues Theatre), The Piano Teacher, Far Away and In the Blood (Next Theatre), and Highway 47 (Collaboraction, Playmakers Rep). Upcoming projects include Glass Menagerie (CalShakes) and Breach (Victory Gardens). Lisa is the 2015 recipient of the SDC Zelda Fichandler Award and heads the MFA Directing Program at DePaul University.
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