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

Recommended by

  • Emily Hageman:
    3 Jul. 2018
    This is an INCREDIBLY powerful play that needs to be read and staged all over the country at this very moment. Well-written with PHENOMENAL structure and fantastic dialogue and beautiful stage directions, Walker knocks it out of the park page after page after page. I could hardly read the last scene because it was so tense and powerful, I can't imagine what it would be like on stage. I can't really call this play a celebration of womanhood, but there is a great strength to it. Reading it gave me courage. I hope this play is staged near me soon.
  • Lainie Vansant:
    21 Jun. 2018
    A haunting piece about a moment that continues to shape Argentina's history and that certainly does not get enough press. Everyone should know about this historical moment, and this play can help make that happen! Plus, you've gotta love this many roles for strong women.
  • 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.

Development History

  • Reading
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    San Diego Rep - Amigos del Rep
    ,
    2016
  • 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
  • Workshop
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    Boulder Ensemble Theater Company
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Playwrights Union (Los Angeles, First Peek Festival)
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    Chicago Dramatists
    ,
    2015

Production History

Awards

Finalist
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O'Neill National Playwrights Conference
,
Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
,
2016
Finalist
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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
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The Source Theater Festival
,
Cultural DC
,
2015