Lawnpeople

Lawnpeople tracks the journey of a Mexican woman, Solymar, working as a housekeeper for a wealthy, black Southern couple. Solymar has just lost her mother to gang violence in Mexico, leaving her pre-teen daughter without family in their dangerous hometown. She and her new husband, Felix, are undocumented immigrants working with the hope to plant roots in the US; Solymar finds returning to her daughter in...
Lawnpeople tracks the journey of a Mexican woman, Solymar, working as a housekeeper for a wealthy, black Southern couple. Solymar has just lost her mother to gang violence in Mexico, leaving her pre-teen daughter without family in their dangerous hometown. She and her new husband, Felix, are undocumented immigrants working with the hope to plant roots in the US; Solymar finds returning to her daughter in Mexico to be a growing implausibility. Meanwhile, the wife of the couple that they work for is becoming so emotionally involved with Solymar’s troubles that it’s threatening the wellbeing of her marriage. Race, class, and the deepest matters of the heart are at odds in this play about love, ambition, and responsibility.
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Lawnpeople

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  • Nick Malakhow:
    30 Jan. 2020
    LAWNPEOPLE is a powerful play with vividly rendered characters and a briskly moving and consistently engaging plot. The Catch-22 that Solymar is caught within as an undocumented immigrant is potent, and the pressure she faces from all sides--Felix, the specter of her still-living daughter, her own hope at a better life--make for a compelling arc. The intersectional complexities of Hal and Adora's class and race add several new layers to the piece. I love how they read both as antagonists and sympathetic characters throughout. The dialogue is spare but often beautiful. Hope to follow this play's development journey!
  • Rebecca Hodge:
    1 Mar. 2019
    Lawnpeople takes hot-button topics of the day - immigration, race, class, motherhood - and forges them into a deeply personal and moving play, centered around Solymar. Always focused on telling her story, the play features a fully-fleshed lead in Solymar, who shows vulnerability and immense strength in spades. Natalia Temesgen gives vibrant, truly human voices to those who are too often used as props in political discourse.

Development History

  • Workshop
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    Cherry Lane Theatre Mentor Project
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    2013

Production History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Cherry Lane Theatre Mentor Project
    ,
    2013