DIVISADERO

DIVISADERO explores the conflict between a widowed publisher and her mother-in-law over the legacy of their late wife and daughter (respectively). Each one wishes to publicly highlight one facet of the writer’s identity, and bury the others. Between the two great loves of the late writer’s life… who has the right to tell her story?
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DIVISADERO

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  • Nick Malakhow:
    19 Aug. 2020
    A truly exceptional piece! Rivas tells a compelling story with dynamic and vividly-rendered characters and utilizes transitions, haunting and out-of-reality moments, and well-structured toying with chronology exceedingly well. His exploration of Michelle, Lisa, and Holly's blindnesses to their white privilege (and the root of such blindness) and Alma, Teresa, Beatríz, and "Mark's" complex relationships to one another and their identities are thoroughly rendered and nuanced. These characters speak profound truths while sounding 100% natural and human. The ending is poignant and forward looking, and everyone emerges from this piece with a satisfying arc. This should be read/seen/produced often!
  • Diana Burbano:
    8 Apr. 2019
    Brilliant. A searing look at white fragility, and the lengths the conquerors will go to center themselves in POC stories. A tremendous work.

Character Information

  • Alma Lopez
    50's,
    Chicana/Latinx
    ,
    Female
  • Lisa McNeely
    50's,
    White
    ,
    Female
  • Beatríz Gomez
    20's,
    Latinx
    ,
    Female
  • Michelle Harland
    30's,
    White
    ,
    Female
  • Teresa Lopez
    30's,
    Chicana/Latinx
    ,
    Female
  • Mark
    20's,
    Mixed Ethnicity (non-White)
    ,
    Male
  • Holly Winstead
    20's,
    White
    ,
    Female

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Carnegie Mellon University
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    Mary Moody Northen @ St. Edwards University
    ,
    2019

Awards

Finalist
,
Creative Residency
,
SPACE on Ryder Farm
,
2019