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 1979 in Buenos Aires, Argentina where people are disappearing right off the street. 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 priest who is now the chaplain to the military at ESMA (one of the known concentration camps) and then by a soldier from the neighborhood who is also stationed at ESMA, 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

  • June Carryl:
    7 May. 2017
    Prickly, lyrical, heartbreaking, THE MADRES is a must-read.
  • Nan Barnett:
    1 May. 2017
    A heartbreakingly beautiful story of maternal love and never-ending love. Gorgeous.
  • Beth Kander:
    9 Apr. 2017
    "The Madres" took my breath away, even as a reading - it didn't need the benefit of a set, costumes, lighting, or anything else in order to engage the audience. The characters and the story they have to tell are so compelling; the moments of palpable tension are balanced by humor, and the momentum keeps the whole story moving. Stephanie Alison Walker's commitment to her characters, and the sensitivity she brings to this dirty-war story, is fantastic. I saw the reading presented at The Ashland New Plays Festival and look forward to seeing it fully staged sometime soon.

Development History

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

Awards

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