Karen Zacarias

Karen Zacarias

In the 2015-16 Season, Karen Zacarias will have five world premieres: DESTINY OF DESIRE, Arena Stage, NATIVE GARDENS, Cincinnati Playhouse, OLIVERio: A BRAZILIAN TWIST, at the JF Kennedy Center for the Arts, ELLA ENCHANTED, First Stage, INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH, Milagro Playhouse. Karen Zacarías other plays include THE BOOK CLUB PLAY, MARIELA IN THE DESERT, LEGACY OF LIGHT, THE SINS OF SOR JUANA, the adaptation...
In the 2015-16 Season, Karen Zacarias will have five world premieres: DESTINY OF DESIRE, Arena Stage, NATIVE GARDENS, Cincinnati Playhouse, OLIVERio: A BRAZILIAN TWIST, at the JF Kennedy Center for the Arts, ELLA ENCHANTED, First Stage, INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH, Milagro Playhouse. Karen Zacarías other plays include THE BOOK CLUB PLAY, MARIELA IN THE DESERT, LEGACY OF LIGHT, THE SINS OF SOR JUANA, the adaptation of Helen Thorpe’s immigration policy memoir JUST LIKE US, and the adaptation of Julia Alvarez’s HOW THE GARCIA GIRLS LOST THEIR ACCENTS…and many more. Karen Zacarías has written many TYA musicals with composer Debbie Wicks La Puma including JANE OF THE JUNGLE, FRIDA LIBRE, LOOKING FOR ROBERTO CLEMENTE, CHASING GEORGE WASHINGTON, EINSTEIN IS A DUMMY, CINDERELLA EATS RICE AND BEANS, FERDINAND THE BULL, and THE MAGICAL PIÑATA. Karen recently adapted Edith Wharton’s THE AGE OF INNOCENCE at Arena Stage and the celebrated libretto of THE SUN ALSO RISES for the Washington Ballet. New projects include a play for the American Revolution Series for Oregon Shakespeare Theater, a drama for Cincinnati Playhouse, a play for Ford’s Theater, the libretto for SLEEPY HOLLOW for the Washington Ballet, the adaptation of INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH by Luis Alberto Urrea for Milagro Theater, and a Brazilian themed musical “OLIVERIO” for the Kennedy Center. She has just finished translating into Spanish her piece MARIELA EN EL DESIERTO. Her plays have been produced at The Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, The Goodman, Round House Theater, The Denver Theater Center, Alliance Theater, Imagination Stage, GALA, Berkshire Theater Festival, South Coast Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, San Jose Rep, and more. Her awards include: 2010 Steinberg Citation-Best New Play (outside of NYC), National Francesca Primus Prize, New Voices Award, National Latino Play Award, Finalist Susan Blackburn, Helen Hayes for Outstanding New Play. Karen is a playwright-in-residence at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. She is a core founder of the LATINO THEATRE COMMONS. She is the founder of Young Playwrights’ Theater- yptdc.org - an award winning theater company that teaches playwriting in local public schools in Washington, DC. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and three children.

Plays

  • INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH
    In PROGRESS: FIRST DRAFT- Based on the hilarious and heart-wrenching book by Luis Alberto Urrea- Inspired by the Movie The Maginificent Seven, Nayeli leaves with her best friends goth Vampi, and gay-bar ownder Tacho, to sneak into the US to bring seven Magnificent Mexican Men to defend their town from drug dealers. The epic journey from Sinaloa, Mexico, to , San Diego and finally to Kankakee Illinois- is...
    In PROGRESS: FIRST DRAFT- Based on the hilarious and heart-wrenching book by Luis Alberto Urrea- Inspired by the Movie The Maginificent Seven, Nayeli leaves with her best friends goth Vampi, and gay-bar ownder Tacho, to sneak into the US to bring seven Magnificent Mexican Men to defend their town from drug dealers. The epic journey from Sinaloa, Mexico, to , San Diego and finally to Kankakee Illinois- is laugh out loud funny and gut wrenching at the same time.