The Madres

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Skylight Theatre takes the lead in staging The Madres, a NNPN Rolling World Premiere, with Los Angeles the first city to offer a professional production of the work. In a time of resistance what will you do? Buenos Aires, Argentina and people are disappearing off the streets but no one is talking about it. The "Dirty War" waged by the military Junta against its own people is in full swing. Three generations of women in a single family face state terrorism. The Mothers of Los Desaparecidos de Argentina can teach us all how to fight tyranny. The Madres is one family's story. The Madres hits Los Angeles with an impressive cache of accolades, including winning the Ashland New Plays Festival and the Boulder Ensemble Theater Company's Generations Contest. Playwright Stephanie Alison Walker is the winner of the Ashland New Plays Festival, Blue Ink Award and the Generations Prize, as well as the runner-up for the Jane Chambers Award. She has been a finalist for the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, ATCA's Francesca Primus Prize, the CTG/Humanitas Playwriting Prize, the Saroyan/Paul Playwriting Prize for Human Rights and four-time Finalist for the Heideman Award. Stephanie is the author of the book and blog, Love In The Time Of Foreclosure and was featured by the Los Angeles Times, NPR, Business Week Magazine, Chicago Magazine, Huffington Post Live and ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer. Walker's play, "The Madres, "spoke to my heart, reading it absolutely broke it," says director Sara Guerrero. “It's a dark, beautiful, timely new work. A story of a mother's love filled with incredible resilience, and resistance, during a repressive time in Argentina's history. A history of over 40 years ago is still not openly talked about but sadly still relevant today.” Director Sara Guerrero is the founding Artistic Director of the award winning, Santa Ana based, Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble. American Theatre Magazine's "People to Watch" list included Sara, and the OC Weekly recognized her at the publications as “Best [Artistic] Director" and a “Person of Interest.” She has served as the community engagement director for South Coast Repertory's Dialogue/Diálogos Project and was producing associate for their production of El Largo Camino de Hoy / The Long Road Today by José Cruz González. The cast includes Denise Blasor and Margarita Lamas who will share the role of Josefina (Ms. Lamas performs through April 2 and Ms. Blasor performs April 6 - 29), Natalie Llerena, Alexander Pimentel, Arianna Ortiz, and Gabriel Romero. Creative Team: Christopher Scott Murillo (Set Design), Wes Chew (Lighting Design), Corinne Corrillo (Sound Design), Josephine Siu (Costume Design). Produced by Gary Grossman, Tony Abatemarco and Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx. Associate Producers Marcel Cruz, Kate Luhr, Elissa Barrett and Josh Gershick. Skylight continues their popular series, “Beyond Conversation,” the weekly post Sunday matinee discussion panels curated by Jonathan Muñoz-Proulx, Elissa Barrett and Kate Luhr, which allow audiences to gain deeper insights into the themes of the play. Scheduled talkback guests will include Alicia Partnoy (author of The Little School, which details her disappearance and her illegal imprisonment during the “Dirty Wars”). Additional “Beyond Conversation” speakers, subject to their availability, include Jorge Juerata, Patricia Garza, and Ernesto Yerena. A listing of topics, dates, and additional speakers will be posted on Skylight's website www.skylighttheatre.org THE MADRES opens at 8:30pm on Saturday, March 10th and continues Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30pm; 2:00pm on Sundays; and 8:00pm on Mondays through April 29, 2018. Skylight Theatre is located at 1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave, LA, 90027. Tickets are $15 - $41. Reservations: 213-761-7061 or 866-811-4111. Online at http://SkylightTix.com

Reviews

Deborah Klugman
"The good news is that the production picks up in the second act, when the frightened and intimidated Belen finally appears, and the production builds to an effective climax."

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"Walker's play begins in a fairly conventional way but builds up a strong head of steam as it progresses, culminating in in a harrowing, gut-wrenching climax at the shower for Belen's expected baby. And director Sara Guerrero has assembled an exemplary cast. Ortiz creates an indelible portrait of a woman passionately attempting to protect her child, while as Diego Pimentel is impressive as a smug, hateful true believer."

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"Director Sara Guerrero brings Walker's words to vivid life and elicits fantastic performances from all five actors... The Madres is not just a solid and moving reminder of Argentina in the '70s. It puts a human face on political tragedies without being preachy, which isn't always an easy balance. And it's particularly timely with the oppression happening in this country these days. It should inspire us all to put on a white headscarf and march in front of the capitol under our own oppressive political regime."

sweet - Harker Jones - Arts in LA - ...read full review


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"The Skylight production is most effective at capturing family interplay, quarrelsome when boundaries are overstepped, fond when common ground is regained. Although the first act drags through stretches of exposition, the second half sparks to life in the simultaneously tender and fierce emotions surging between Ortiz's Carolina and Natalie Llerena as a visitor who's only half-expected. Their haunted minutes together are raw and real — a riveting depiction of all that's precious."

sweet-sour - Daryl H. Miller - LA Times - ...read full review


Joan Alperin
""The Madres" is a play about courage during a time when courage could lead to a person's death. Considering the political events that are transpiring in our own country the play is extremely timely, making it a 'must see'."

sweet - Joan Alperin - The Los Angeles Beat - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Las madres de Buenos Aires may have begun their weekly vigils in the 1970s, but like those who continue marching today in hopes of finding the children of the disappeared, Stephanie Alison Walker's The Madres remains as powerful and relevant in 2018 as it would have been when The Mothers first took to the streets."

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Eric A Gordon
"It's strong political theater that should not be missed. But don't misunderstand: It's also just strong theater, period. The play is based on factual events. Fourteen women first gathered publicly in Buenos Aires in 1977, defying the government's efforts to terrorize its people into silence and submission. It is “about a piece of history that is so important and relevant today, and yet very few people outside of Argentina know about it,” says associate producer of The Madres, Marcelo Tubert. “The mothers' quest to find the bodies of their missing children gave birth to a whole movement…and they have inspired generations of artists and activists, men and woman, to resist and persist.” These courageous madres of the desaparecidos are still teaching the world how to fight tyranny. More than forty years later, the mothers are still resiliently marching in their white headscarves—or demonstrating in their wheelchairs, as many are quite elderly now. Their relentless campaign for justice has produced results. According to The Guardian, “as of 2016, more than 1,000 of the dictatorship's torturers and killers had been tried and 700 sentenced.” In some cases, children born to desaparecidas were handed over to childless military families, and they have since been identified and reunited with their genetic families."

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Gil Kaan
"The Skylight Theatre Company's National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of THE MADRES most effectively succeeds in personalizing the plight of Argentinean mothers of 'disappeared' children during the height of La Guerra Sucia (The Dirty War) in 1978. Anchored by the two incredibly strong performances of Margarita Lamas as Josefina and Arianna Ortiz as her daughter Carolina, THE MADRES involves and mesmerizes whenever these two interact."

sweet - Gil Kaan - BroadwayWorld.com - ...read full review


Deborah Klugman
"The good news is that the production picks up in the second act, when the frightened and intimidated Belen finally appears, and the production builds to an effective climax."

sweet-sour - Deborah Klugman - StageRaw - ...read full review


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"Walker's play begins in a fairly conventional way but builds up a strong head of steam as it progresses, culminating in in a harrowing, gut-wrenching climax at the shower for Belen's expected baby. And director Sara Guerrero has assembled an exemplary cast. Ortiz creates an indelible portrait of a woman passionately attempting to protect her child, while as Diego Pimentel is impressive as a smug, hateful true believer."

sweet - Neal Weaver - Stage Raw - ...read full review


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"Director Sara Guerrero brings Walker's words to vivid life and elicits fantastic performances from all five actors... The Madres is not just a solid and moving reminder of Argentina in the '70s. It puts a human face on political tragedies without being preachy, which isn't always an easy balance. And it's particularly timely with the oppression happening in this country these days. It should inspire us all to put on a white headscarf and march in front of the capitol under our own oppressive political regime."

sweet - Harker Jones - Arts in LA - ...read full review


Avatar
"The Skylight production is most effective at capturing family interplay, quarrelsome when boundaries are overstepped, fond when common ground is regained. Although the first act drags through stretches of exposition, the second half sparks to life in the simultaneously tender and fierce emotions surging between Ortiz's Carolina and Natalie Llerena as a visitor who's only half-expected. Their haunted minutes together are raw and real — a riveting depiction of all that's precious."

sweet-sour - Daryl H. Miller - LA Times - ...read full review


Joan Alperin
""The Madres" is a play about courage during a time when courage could lead to a person's death. Considering the political events that are transpiring in our own country the play is extremely timely, making it a 'must see'."

sweet - Joan Alperin - The Los Angeles Beat - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"Las madres de Buenos Aires may have begun their weekly vigils in the 1970s, but like those who continue marching today in hopes of finding the children of the disappeared, Stephanie Alison Walker's The Madres remains as powerful and relevant in 2018 as it would have been when The Mothers first took to the streets."

sweet - Steven Stanley - Stage Scene LA - ...read full review


Eric A Gordon
"It's strong political theater that should not be missed. But don't misunderstand: It's also just strong theater, period. The play is based on factual events. Fourteen women first gathered publicly in Buenos Aires in 1977, defying the government's efforts to terrorize its people into silence and submission. It is “about a piece of history that is so important and relevant today, and yet very few people outside of Argentina know about it,” says associate producer of The Madres, Marcelo Tubert. “The mothers' quest to find the bodies of their missing children gave birth to a whole movement…and they have inspired generations of artists and activists, men and woman, to resist and persist.” These courageous madres of the desaparecidos are still teaching the world how to fight tyranny. More than forty years later, the mothers are still resiliently marching in their white headscarves—or demonstrating in their wheelchairs, as many are quite elderly now. Their relentless campaign for justice has produced results. According to The Guardian, “as of 2016, more than 1,000 of the dictatorship's torturers and killers had been tried and 700 sentenced.” In some cases, children born to desaparecidas were handed over to childless military families, and they have since been identified and reunited with their genetic families."

sweet - Eric A Gordon - ...read full review


Gil Kaan
"The Skylight Theatre Company's National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of THE MADRES most effectively succeeds in personalizing the plight of Argentinean mothers of 'disappeared' children during the height of La Guerra Sucia (The Dirty War) in 1978. Anchored by the two incredibly strong performances of Margarita Lamas as Josefina and Arianna Ortiz as her daughter Carolina, THE MADRES involves and mesmerizes whenever these two interact."

sweet - Gil Kaan - BroadwayWorld.com - ...read full review