THE MADRES

Currently receiving a NNPN Rolling World Premiere

It's 1978 in Buenos Aires, Argentina where people are disappearing right off the street but no one is talking about it. Carolina and her mother Josefina are searching for their pregnant daughter/granddaughter, Belén, who has been missing for twelve weeks. When they receive a surprise visit first from a former neighborhood priest who is now...
Currently receiving a NNPN Rolling World Premiere

It's 1978 in Buenos Aires, Argentina where people are disappearing right off the street but no one is talking about it. Carolina and her mother Josefina are searching for their pregnant daughter/granddaughter, Belén, who has been missing for twelve weeks. When they receive a surprise visit first from a former neighborhood priest who is now stationed at the ESMA (the Navy Mechanics school turned concentration camp in the middle of the city,) they come up with a plan to try to see Belén one last time. Will it work? Will they be able to save her baby? Will they be able to save themselves?

*Finalist for the 2016 Saroyan/Paul Playwriting Prize for Human Rights
*Winner 2016 Ashland New Plays Festival
*Runner-Up Jane Chambers Playwriting Award
*Finalist for Kitchen Dog Theater's 2016 New Works Festival
*Finalist for the 2016 O'Neill Playwrights Conference
*Winner of Boulder Ensemble Theater Company's Generations Contest
*Finalist for the CTG/Humanitas Playwriting Prize
*Finalist for the 2016 Source Festival

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THE MADRES

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  • Alex Goldberg:
    29 Apr. 2018
    A harrowing look at a horrific time in recent history. This play deftly balances humor with packing an emotional punch. Increasingly relevant in our current political climate.
  • Jessie Salsbury:
    29 Apr. 2018
    I traveled to Argentina and spent almost 4 months there, studying the Dirty War and its history, and watched the Madres march every week. This play is so important, and the history is necessary for every American to understand. This play's language and mix of Argentine Spanish is perfect. If you are anywhere near where it is being performed, it is your obligation to go see it. Glad it has gotten an NNPN world premiere and hoping more theatres around the country pick it up quickly.
  • Jennifer Maisel:
    26 Apr. 2018
    Heartbreaking and beautifully rendered, The Madres brings us into a different world of Argentina's The Disappeared but also the universal world of the agony of motherhood when our children are lost to us.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Ashland New Play Festival
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    National New Play Network - Annual New Play Showcase
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    The Road Theatre - Summer Playwrights Festival 7 - Los Angeles
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    San Diego Rep - Amigos del Rep
    ,
    2016
  • Workshop
    ,
    Boulder Ensemble Theater Company
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Playwrights Union (Los Angeles, First Peek Festival)
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    Chicago Dramatists
    ,
    2015

Production History

Awards

Finalist
,
O'Neill National Playwrights Conference
,
Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
,
2016
Finalist
,
2016 Saroyan/Paul Playwriting Prize for Human Rights
,
Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance
,
2016
Finalist
,
Humanitas/CTG Playwriting Prize
,
Humanitas and Center Theater Group
,
2015
Winner
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GENERATIONS Prize
,
Boulder Ensemble Theater
,
2015
Finalist
,
The Source Theater Festival
,
Cultural DC
,
2015