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"LYDIA" LISTENS THROUGH WALLS AT THE MEXICAN BORDER
Strawberry Theatre Workshop
presents a play of magical realism
June 1-24 at 12th Ave Arts
Octavio Solis says the literal border between El Paso and Juarez has a presence in his Pulitzer-nominated play, "Lydia", but the border is also a metaphor he explores in all of his work. "That's so much a part of my fabric now, the way I see things," he says. "There's always a threshold one crosses, between dark and light, life and death, between one country and another, between one consciousness and another."
Opening Thursday, June 1, Strawberry Theatre Workshop presents Solis' breakthrough success, "Lydia". Directed by Sheila Daniels,"Lydia"centers on two young women who move across bordersone between nations, and one across metaphysical borders between unknown, unseen worlds. Although technically hired as a maid, Lydia's primary responsibility is caring for the family's near-vegetative teenage daughter named Ceci, who was left in a coma after a mysterious accident that occurred right before her quinceanera, or 15th birthday. Unlike the family that surrounds her, Lydia is able to translate Ceci's thoughtsan adolescent stew of childhood memories, criticism and carnality.
Like Strawshop's critically acclaimed "9 Circles" that occupied the Spring slot last year, the play features a cast that is entirely new to the company and performs in the intimate Studio Theatre at 12th Ave Arts. "Lydia" includes five emerging artists playing characters aged 16-22, who developed a chemistry with each other (and with Daniels' directing style) as students at Cornish College of the Arts. Pablo López plays Alvaro, with Rafael Molina and Andrew Pryor-Ramírez performing as the brothers, Rene and Misha. Sofía Raquel Sánchez appears as the stricken sister Ceci, while Yadira Duarte plays the title character, Lydia. The adults are performed by Ray González and Carolyn Marie Monroe.
"Lydia" has enjoyed critically successful runs across the countryat the Denver Theater Center, where it had its world premiere in 2009; at Yale Repertory Theatre; at the Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley CA and at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum. Juliette Carrillo, who directed Lydia at DTC says one of the things that distinguishes Solis' work is what she calls his "in-your-face emotional rawness He's provocative to the point that some producers are scared off by his work and by his darkly hilarious subversive streak."
John Moore at the Denver Post wrote, "Octavio Solis 1970s immigrant epic is very much the Latino cousin of "Death of a Salesman", down to its mangled car and searing exposure of the lie that is, for so many, the American Dream. Only [Solis] doesn't just serve up one Willy Loman. It serves up seven, each trapped in shockingly disparate waysin body, time, alcohol, and anger.
"Solis, like Arthur Miller, has an extraordinary ability to look with compassion into the hearts of his ordinary, flawed characters. But his storytelling, so rich in imagery, is uniquely infused with poetry, sexual desire, childlike wonder and violence at once."
Daniels is the most critically accomplished director in Seattle, and has done many of her signature pieces at Strawshop, including "The Normal Heart", "The Bridge of San Luis Rey", and "Breaking the Code". Her design team includes collaborators from those productions and others: Reed Nakayama (lights), Rob Witmer (sound), and Greg Carter (scenery).
This performance contains brief nudity and explicit description of sexual encounters. Parents concerned about the appropriateness of the content for children should read the script at:
About Strawberry Theatre Workshop
Founded in 2004 by Greg Carter, Strawberry Theatre Workshop is a professional theatre company dedicated to socially engaged work of the highest caliber. Strawshop is a Stranger Genius Award winner, a six-time Seattle Times Footlight Award winner, and the only company to be nominated for a TPS Gregory Award for Outstanding Production four years in a row (2009-12). Known for its critically acclaimed productions of "Our Town", "The Normal Heart", "Breaking the Code", "The Elephant Man", "Proof" and "The Laramie Project", Strawshop is anchored in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Strawshop is one of three resident companies in the new 12th Ave Arts building, which opened on Capitol Hill in 2015.
Strawberry Theatre Workshop is committed to the idea that the theatre is the people's place of aspiration, and that any voice from the stage is translated exponentially into conversations at coffee shops, bus stops, classrooms, and play fields. Strawshop is dedicated to the idea of ensemble, in the broadest sense of the word. Our ensemble does not only mean a resident company of workers, but a collective that includes our work, our audience, and our neighborhood. This is an activist stance. To be a good neighbor is to be a relevant neighbor, a responsible neighbor, and a vocal neighbor.
Opens: Thursday, June 1, 2017
Plays: Thu-Fri-Sat and Mon, 7:30 pm
NO PERFORMANCE MONDAY JUNE 5
Venue: Studio Theatre at 12th Ave Arts
Address: 1620 12th Ave, Capitol Hill, Seattle
Ticket Prices: $36 General, $27 Seniors and Students
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