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Native Gardens

By Karen Zacarías
Directed by Lisa Portes
Apr 6 - May 6, 2018
Run Time: Approximately one hour and 30 minutes with no intermission.
Ticket Price: Starting at $30. Prices vary by date and availability.
Age Recommendation: 14+
Advisory: This play contains e-cigarettes, 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



Creative Team Perspectives
Creative Team Perspectives
Apr 6 | 6:00pm

Conservatory Theatre

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Cast Perspectives
Cast Perspectives
Apr 15 | 1:30pm

Join a fun and engaging discussion with the actors after the matinee.

ASL & Audio Described Matinee
ASL & Audio Described Matinee
Apr 15 | 1:30pm

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Sign Language interpretation: ASL
Audio Description: AUDIO

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Theatre & Theology Perspectives
Theatre & Theology Perspectives
Apr 17 | 6:30pm

Join Pastor Dan Bollman of the Rocky Mountain Evangelical Lutheran Synod to examine each show through a theological lens.

Higher Education Perspectives
Higher Education Perspectives
Apr 22 | 1:30pm

All audience members are invited to join a conversation about the themes raised in the play following the matinee performance.

Meet our Native Gardens Featured Panelist:

Kristie Soares, PhD
Assistant Professor
Women and Gender Studies
University of Colorado-Boulder

Kristie Soares is an Assistant Professor of Women & Gender Studies and an active performance artist. Both her performance work and her research explore issues of queerness in Caribbean and Latinx communities. She earned a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a BA in English and Women’s Studies from the University of Florida. Professor Soares’ work focuses on 19th-21st century Latinx literature and media, with a specialization in queer Caribbean and Chicanx cultural production. Her current book project, Salsa Epistemology, engages with salsa—a music and dance tradition—to show how embodied playfulness figures as an integral part of queer activism in the Spanish Caribbean diaspora. Professor Soares is also currently working on a project that examines how discourses of lesbianism and criminology were interwoven in early 20th century Latin American feminism. Her work has been published in Frontiers, Letras Femeninas, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, and Remezcla.

Meet our Higher Education Perspectives Moderators:

James Caputo, PhD
Associate Professor
English, Humanities, Languages, and Literature
Regis University

Victor Castellani, PhD
Associate Professor of Classics/Humanities
Department of Languages & Literatures
University of Denver

Jamey Trotter, MA
English Faculty
Arapahoe Community College

6:30pm: Live Spanish Audio Translation
6:30pm: Live Spanish Audio Translation
May 6 | 6:30pm

Live Spanish language audio translation provided for this performance. Please see an usher or the Theatre Company Box Office if you would like to use this service or contact 303.446.4829 for questions about Spanish translation.


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Native Gardens Behind the Scenes

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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