La Mujer Barbuda

2 women. 4 breasts. 1 beard.
Maggie is an American airline pilot and new mother. When she tries to pump breast milk in the cockpit, she almost perishes in a plane crash––and that’s not even the worst of it.
Magdalena is a 17th century Italian weaver and new mother. When she suddenly grows a beard and nurses a baby at age fifty-two, she sets off a domestic and civil crisis––and that, too, is not...
2 women. 4 breasts. 1 beard.
Maggie is an American airline pilot and new mother. When she tries to pump breast milk in the cockpit, she almost perishes in a plane crash––and that’s not even the worst of it.
Magdalena is a 17th century Italian weaver and new mother. When she suddenly grows a beard and nurses a baby at age fifty-two, she sets off a domestic and civil crisis––and that, too, is not even the worst of it.
La Mujer Barbuda is a dark comedy that explores the intersecting lives of two women, separated by time and space, and united in the struggle to thrive as a mother in a man’s world.
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La Mujer Barbuda

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  • M.r. Fitzgerald:
    8 Feb. 2019
    I recall seeing an early snippet of this play at Ohio University and what unfolded was bold, unexpected, hilarious and one of the most unforgettable experiences I've ever had in the theatre. I was pleased to see the rest of the story of Maggie, the breast-pumping pilot, as well as the exploration of Magdalena's same roller coaster journey of motherhood intertwining together. I'm not a mother, but I connected with this play on the difficult path to finally let go of the feminine standards set by society, allowing women to embrace their own lives.
  • Rachel Bublitz:
    20 Jan. 2019
    Motherhood can be a hard transition, but this surprised me when I had my first child because mostly what we’re shown are euphoric women happy crying while staring at their babies. I wish I’d had a play like this to read or see to know that all those conflicting feelings weren’t wrong, and also that I wasn’t alone. This play is dark, funny, and strange. Luzárraga handles time, space, and language in a very creative way, and a huge hell yes to more breastfeeding on stage!
  • Skye Robinson Hillis:
    18 Nov. 2018
    LA MUJER BARBUDA is all the things you want in a play - smart, funny, moving, surprising, at once new and familiar. Luzarraga has created memorable, well-drawn characters and two worlds that are completely distinct and clear, and it's beautiful to experience them transforming in and out of each other in such a seamless, cascading way. I loved this play.

Production History

  • University
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    Ohio University
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    2018

Awards

Finalist
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Princess Grace Award
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2018