THE MADRES

*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 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 It's 1978 in Buenos Aires, Argentina where people are disappearing right off the street but no one is talking about it. The so-called "Dirty War" waged by the military Junta against its own people is in full-swing. 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?
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THE MADRES

Recommended by

  • National New Play Network:
    15 Dec. 2017
    This play was featured at NNPN’s 2016 National Showcase of New Plays.
  • Hallie Palladino:
    21 Sep. 2017
    This play manages to be hilarious and terrifying at the same moment so your heart is always in your throat. The way Walker showcases women's use of humor as a strategy of resistance is brilliant. The way she demonstrates that with tyranny the most terrifying threats often come from within our own communities and social networks is urgently timely. This play needs to be seen by audiences right now.
  • June Carryl:
    7 May. 2017
    Prickly, lyrical, heartbreaking, THE MADRES is a must-read.

Development History

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

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
,
GENERATIONS Prize
,
Boulder Ensemble Theater
,
2015
Finalist
,
The Source Theater Festival
,
Cultural DC
,
2015