The Madres, 2017 Play Reading Series - Skylight Theatre


Inkubator, Skylight Theatre CompanyTHE MADRES

 new play reading

written by Stephanie Alison Walker
directed by Selene Santiago

cast: Xavi Moreno Arianna Ortiz Lucy Rodriguez Ella Saldana Marcelo Tubert

Sunday, May 21   8:00pm

1816 1/2 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles 90027

IN-Konversation talk with the writer follows immediately after to help develop the work further.

It's 1979 in Buenos Aires, Argentina where people are disappearing right off the street and the so-called "Dirty War" waged by the military Junta against its own people is in full-swing. Carolina and her mother Josefina have been searching for their “disappeared” pregnant daughter/granddaughter, Belén for twelve weeks when they receive a surprise visit from a neighborhood priest and then by a soldier. Sensing their time is running out, they come up with a plan to try to see Belén one last time. 


WRITER: STEPHANIE ALISON WALKER is a Chicago-raised and L.A.-based award-winning playwright. Her plays include The Madres, The Abuelas, Friends with Guns, The Art of Disappearing, American Home, The Sister House, Three Fittings and The Box Jumper. Stephanie’s work has been produced and/or developed at Moving Arts, San Diego Rep, 16th Street Theater, Chicago Dramatists, Boulder Ensemble Theater Company, Antaeus Theatre Company, The Road Theatre, The Blank Theatre, American Blues Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville and more. Awards include: Finalist for the CTG/Humanitas Prize 2015, Primus Prize Finalist 2016, finalist 2016 Saroyan/Paul Playwriting Prize for Human Rights, Winner of the Ashland New Plays Festival, Blue Ink Award, Winner BETC Generations Prize, Jane Chambers Award Runner-Up, finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Four-time Finalist for the Heideman Award. Stephanie’s short plays are anthologized by Smith & Kraus. Her play about the Mothers of the Disappeared in Argentina, The Madres, was one of six plays presented at the 2016 NNPN New Play Showcase in December. Stephanie is also the author of the book and blog, LOVE IN THE TIME OF FORECLOSURE which has been called “A heartbreaking work of staggering acceptance” 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. Stephanie is a proud member of the Playwrights Union, Antaeus Playwrights Lab, Chicago Dramatists Network Playwrights and The Dramatists Guild of America.

DIRECTOR: SELENE SANTIAGO  is an arts manager, director, designer and writer who hails from east of the LA River. She is the Programming Director for the Latino Theater Company at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, co-founding teatrista of the theater troupe, Tongue in Chíc*ana, and founding member of the theater and art space CASA 0101. She has worked with numerous theaters and artists in various capacities across Los Angeles and the Bay Area. As a director she enjoys developing and nurturing new work (especially by women and playwrights of color). Her monologue on motherhood after cancer, YELLOW IS THE COLOR, was commissioned by and performed at Off the Tracks Theater in Los Angeles and published in Atrium Magazine. A collection of her poems are published by PIM Publishing and upcoming edition of Huizache Magazine of Latino Literature. Selene is an alumnus of the National Association of Latino Arts & Culture’s Leadership Institute, recipient of La Opinion’s “Mujeres Destacadas” award in Arts & Culture, and an Ahmanson Foundation Arts Management Fellow. She is a graduate of Claremont Graduate University in Arts Management (MA), Cal State LA in Theatre (MA) and UC Berkeley in Theater + Chicano Studies (BA). Her most recent project is helming Latino Theater Company’s three-week-long Latinx/Latin-American international theater festival, Encuentro de las Américas (Nov 2017).

I was five years old the first time I visited Argentina to see my dad who was living and working in Buenos Aires at the time. It was 1980, during the dictatorship, and the military men in the airport with their big guns was an image that frightened and stayed with me. I would return to Buenos Aires many times over the years with my dad and stepmom and siblings to visit my stepmom’s family, but it wasn’t until 1998 when I was living and working in Buenos Aires that I really became aware of the Mothers of the Disappeared. An American friend was doing a documentary on the Mothers and invited me to march with them one Thursday in the Plaza de Mayo where they have been marching since 1977. Seeing them march still years later, demanding justice for their disappeared children and grandchildren was incredibly powerful. When I returned to the States and would talk about the “Dirty War,” I found that most people had no idea about this period in Argentina’s history and I knew I wanted to find a way to write about it. It wasn’t until 2015 that I found the courage to try.

INKubator Artist and Play Development Program includes:

  • INK Play Reading Series, new plays from across the greater Los Angeles area
  • PlayLAb, invitation only professional play writing laboratory
  • LAb WORKS, festival of new plays from the PlayLab writers
  • INK Works, extended workshop series 
  • SOLOmojo, solo performance intensive
  • Take 8, adult writing workshop
  • unAUTHORized, writing workshop for young adults 18-28
  • UNDERground, a unique theatrical mentoring program for young adults
  • LYRIC PROJECT, a unique creative experience for high school age teens