STAGED READING WITH DIANA BURBANO
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
7 PM (Doors at 6:30 Pm)
98 S Austin St, Marfa
Marfa Live Arts’ 2018 playwright-in-residence Diana Burbano presented two short plays Linda and Dreaming on Tuesday, April 17, at the Crowley Theater. Local Marfa student Crystal Catano performed alongside Burbano.
Set in present day Los Angeles, Linda is a story of finding your inner hero. It tells the story of a stranger coming to the door with a box of items. The items signify heroines such as Linda Rondstat and Lynda Carter, and is about learning to be proud of your heritage and culture through female icons.
Dreaming is a conversation between Julia (Crystal Catano), a young Latina, and her mother Arinda discussing DACA and what it means to be an American as an immigrant. Themes include searching for identity, the illusiveness of the American dream and the love between a mother and daughter.
Burbano, a Colombian immigrant, is an Equity actor, playwright, and teaching artist at South Coast Repertory and Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble. In sharing her work with the community and students she said, “I hope it will start a conversation, about identity and self-awareness and that they will see themselves in the characters.”
During her time in Marfa, Burbano also taught Marfa Live Arts' 7th Annual Playwriting Workshop with Marfa High School students. Her work with Marfa Live Arts in collaboration with Marfa Independent School District is the primary reason Burbano was in Marfa. She worked one-on-one with students in their English classes and helped them write their own one-act plays.
The staged readings of Linda & Dreaming with playwright Diana Burbano will be free and open to the community.
Diana Burbano, a Colombian immigrant, is an Equity actor, playwright and teaching artist at South Coast Repertory and Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble. Full length plays: Fabulous Monsters about women in punk rock, Silueta (With Tom and Chris Shelton) about feminist artist Ana Mendieta. Policarpa which will have a Rough Draft Residency at the Drama League in May. Picture me Rollin’ was featured at the Hollywood InkFest, 2017, Other plays: Enemy|Flint, Caliban’s Island, (published by YouthPLAYS). Libertadoras, Vamping and Linda were written for the 365 Women a Year project and have been performed around the world. Rounds Per Second is featured in Smith and Kraus’s 5-minute play anthology.
Photo by Stephanie Huang.
Marfa Live Arts and the staged reading are generously supported by the Marfa Education Foundation, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, Texas Women for the Arts, Hotel Paisano, City of Marfa. This program could not be realized without the collaboration of Marfa Independent School District’s Superintendent Oscar Aguero, Principal John Sherrill, PhD and educators Linda Ojeda and Mary Mois. Special thanks to Big Bend Sentinel, Tim Crowley & Emily Williams of Crowley Theater, Rob Crowley, Vicki Barge, Joe & Lanna Duncan, Mayor Ann Marie Nafzinger and Delfin & Minerva Lopez.