THE WOMEN OF PADILLA
April 8, 2017 - April 30, 2017
By Tony Meneses
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll
“a theatrical gem” , “extraordinary”
“a quiet stunner”
“spellbinding and genuinely moving”
“heart-stopping” , “succinctly composed, artfully staged”
--The Asbury Park Press
The story of eight women who kept the faith.
From the playwright of one of Two River’s most adored shows, Guadalupe in the Guest Room, comes a beautiful and moving new play, The Women of Padilla. Linked by their marriages to eight brothers and their shared last name, “Padilla,” eight very different sisters-in-law connect through the power of food, faith, laughter and each other while their husbands are away at war. Meet Mari, the one who quietly leads; Carmen, the one who drinks; Marta, the one with faith; Alejandra, the one who’s expecting; and all the rest of The Women of Padilla.
Approximate Run Time: 90 minutes
For additional reading:
- Playwright-in-residence Madeleine George interviews The Women of Padilla playwright, Tony Meneses
- Engaging Latino Artists and Audiences
Blanca -- The one on the outside
Karina Arroyave (Blanca) is best known for her role as ‘Jamey Farrell’ in the FOX TV show 24 and also appeared in 2005’s Best Picture winner Crash. Other film/TV credits include Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Bull, Mysteries of Laura, Blue Bloods, 187, Flawless, Falling Down, Lean on Me, NYPD Blue, As the World Turns (1988–1994), Law & Order, All My Children, The Practice, Judging Amy, Chicago Hope, Touched by an Angel, and Without a Trace. Theater credits include Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Between Riverside and Crazy at Pittsburgh Public Theater, Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Water by the Spoonful at Arden Theatre, Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Motherfucker with the Hat and Adam Bock’s Swimming in the Shallows at Kitchen Theatre, Tony Glazer’s Stain on Theater Row, José Rivera’s School of the Americas at The Public Theater, Eduardo Machado’s Once Removed at both Long Wharf and Merrimack Rep, and José Rivera’s Marisol at Louisville’s Humana Festival. She made her Broadway debut as ‘Frederica’ in Jane Bowles’ In the Summer House at the Vivian Beaumont. Recent films include The Karma Club, Lost Cat Corona, Holy Rollers, Adam, Adrift in Manhattan, and the Academy Award-qualifying short film Family on Board.
Lucha -- The one with poetry
Helen Cespedes (Lucha) New York credits include The Cripple of Inishmaan starring Daniel Radcliffe (Broadway), The Rose Tattoo with Patti LuPone and Bobby Cannavale (benefit for The Acting Company), The School For Scandal (Red Bull Theater), A Picture of Autumn (The Mint), and Couriers and Contrabands (Timeline). Regional credits include the world premiere of José Rivera’s Another Word for Beauty (Goodman Theatre and NYSF), The Importance of Being Earnest directed by David Hyde Pierce (Williamstown), world premiere of Beth Henley’s LAUGH and Tribes (Studio Theatre), and Love’s Labour’s Lost (CTC). Film and TV credits include The Way I Remember It starring Christine Ebersole and The Knick (Cinemax). Helen trained at The Juilliard School where she received the John Houseman Prize.
Mari -- The one who quietly leads
Jacqueline Correa (Mari) has appeared regionally in Macbeth (Arkansas Rep), Hamlet (The Guthrie/The Acting Company), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (The Guthrie/The Acting Company), Confluence (The Guthrie Theater), On the Verge (CATF), American Tet (CATF), Macbeth (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival). Other stage credits include: Peter Pan directed by Mark Lamos, The Cradle Song directed by Jonathan Bank, Three Sisters, Tartuffe, Heartbreak House, Much Ado About Nothing, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, and Shakespeare’s Women. Jacqueline has appeared in the film The Dog Days and holds an MFA from the Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Delaware. A very special “thank you” to her family, friends and M, whose love and support makes it all possible. Esto es para mi nana y mi mamá.
Daniella De Jesús
Fidela -- The one who's taciturn
Daniella De Jesús (Fidela) is an actor, playwright, and poet from Bushwick, Brooklyn. Television: Orange Is the New Black (Netflix), Blue Bloods (CBS). Film: Ash, Coco. NY Theater: Take Me Home (Incubator Arts Project) and The Thief Cometh (United Solo Festival), an original one-woman show, written by Daniella. Her poetry can be found in Young, Colored & Angry, Vagabond City Literary Journal, Chiflada Magazine, and the upcoming film Coco. She is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama.
Alejandra -- The one who's expecting
Paloma Guzmán (Alejandra) Off-Broadway: Boys’ Life at Second Stage. New York: The Red Umbrella (Drama League), Restoration Comedy, Arok of Java (EPBB). Television credits include: The Good Wife, Person of Interest, Law & Order: SVU, Shades of Blue, Atlanta, The Detour, Pretty Little Liars. Film credits include: Confessions of a Shopaholic, Certainty, And So It Goes (dir. Rob Reiner). Upcoming: Broad City on Comedy Central and “Dive” campaign for Cartier. Training: Carnegie Mellon.
Marta -- The one with faith
Keren Lugo (Marta) Theater credits: Scenes from Court Life (Yale Rep), Privacy (Public Theater), Our Town, Henry V (Chautauqua Theater Festival), DC-7: The Roberto Clemente Story (GALA Hispanic Theater). Puerto Rico: Volpone (Francisco Arriví Theater), The Balcony, Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, Widows (UPR Theater). Keren was born and raised in Puerto Rico and holds an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program. Some NYU credits include Caucasian Chalk Circle; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; and After the Fall.
Cristina -- The one who's young
Elizabeth Ramos (Cristina). Two River Theater debut. Off-Broadway: The Surgeon and her Daughters (Cherry Lane Theatre, dir. Adrienne Campbell-Holt); The Idea of Me (Cherry Lane Theatre, dir. Jose Zayas); A Month in the Country (Classic Stage Company, dir. Erica Schmidt); and Bikeman (Tribeca Performing Arts Center, dir. Michael Bush). Regional: Deferred Action (Dallas Theater Center, dir. David Lozano); Sleep Rock Thy Brain (Actors Theatre of Louisville, dir. Amy Attaway). Previous credits include Romeo and Juliet; Odilia; and Sonnets for an Old Century. Training: Actors Theatre of Louisville Apprenticeship and California State University, Fullerton.
Carmen -- The one who drinks
Jeanine Serralles (Carmen) Selected NY credits include: Don't You F***ing Say a Word (59E59); Gloria (Vineyard - Drama Desk nomination, Lucille Lortel nomination, Featured Actress), Verité (LCT3); Dying for It (Atlantic); The Muscles in Our Toes (Labyrinth Theater); The Jammer (Atlantic); Paris Commune (The Civilians); The Maids (Red Bull Theater); Maple and Vine(Playwrights Horizons); Stunning (LCT3); The Black Eyed (New York Theatre Workshop, Drama League nomination), Hold Please (Drama Desk nomination - Featured Actress). Selected regional credits include: Gloria (Goodman); These Paper Bullets (Yale Rep, Connecticut Critics Circle nomination - Outstanding Actress in a Play); Tartuffe (Westport Country Playhouse, Connecticut Critics Circle Award - Featured Actress). Film & TV: Cubby (upcoming); Approaching a Breakthrough (upcoming); Hot Summer Nights (upcoming); Inside Llewyn Davis; The Abolitionists; No Pay, Nudity; Two Lovers; Across the Universe; The Path; Person of Interest; The Good Wife. MFA: Yale School of Drama.
Tony Meneses (Playwright) was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and raised in Albuquerque and Dallas. His play Guadalupe in the Guest Room had its world premiere at Two River Theater and is now published by Dramatists Play Service. He was a 2015/2016 Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab member, a 2015/2016 Ars Nova Resident Playwright, a 2016 Playwright Fellow at the Sundance Institute Playwrights Retreat at Ucross, a 2014/2015 Playwrights Realm Writing fellow, and has been previously developed at the LARK Playwrights’ Week. He is also the recipient of the 2010 Kennedy Center ACTF Latino Playwriting Award. Alumni: Youngblood at EST. MFA: Iowa Playwrights Workshop. BA: UT Austin. He is currently under commission from the Denver Center Theatre and Two River Theater. Upcoming: Between Here and the City of Mexico at the Berkeley Rep Ground Floor, summer 2017.
Ken Rus Schmoll
Ken Rus Schmoll (Director) directed Madeleine George’s Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England at Two River Theater. Recent credits include Annie Baker’s John at the American Conservatory Theater, a workshop of Anne Washburn’s 12-hour play The Octavia at the University of Washington School of Drama, MJ Kaufman’s Sagittarius Ponderosa for the National Asian American Theatre Company, Lucas Hnath’s Hillary and Clinton at the Philadelphia Theatre Company, and Anne Washburn’s Antlia Pneumatica at Playwrights Horizons. He is a usual suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb, a co-mentor of the Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellowship, a three-time Sundance Theatre Institute alum, a former co-chair of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and the recipient of two Obie Awards.
Arnulfo Maldonado (Scenic Designer) is a New York City-based set and costume designer. Previously at Two River with Ken Rus Schmoll: Madeleine George’s Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England. Also with Schmoll: the east coast premiere of Lucas Hnath's Hillary and Clinton (Philadelphia Theatre Company); Judy (Page 73); Iowa (Playwrights Horizons); the New York premiere of Grounded (Page 73); Not What Happened (BAM Next Wave festival); FUREE on Pins and Needles (Foundry Theater). Other notable New York credits include: Bull in a China Shop (Lincoln Center Center); Kingdom Come (Roundabout); generations (Soho Rep); Caught (Play Co); Men on Boats (Playwrights Horizons); Iphigenia in Aulis (CSC). Regional: An Octoroon (Berkeley Rep); As You Like It (Center Stage); Macbeth (Old Globe); Evita (Olney). Tour: The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir (BAM Next Wave/International tour). Mr. Maldonado is a Clubbed Thumb Affiliated Artist, a recipient of a Princess Grace Fabergé Theater Award, and serves as a resident scenic designer at the National Playwrights Conference. MFA: NYU Tisch. www.arnulfomaldonado.com
Oana Botez (Costume Designer) is an international set/costume designer for film, theater, opera, and dance. She is a Princess Grace recipient, NEA/TCG Career Development Program recipient, and has received the Barrymore Award, the Drammy Award, and was nominated for the Henry Hewes Design Award. Her designs have raised critical acclaim at BAM Next Wave, Bard SummerScape/Richard B. Fisher Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, the David H. Koch Theater/Lincoln Center, Big Apple Circus/Lincoln Center, Classic Stage Company. Regionally: Wilma Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Hartford Stage , Long Wharf, Shakespeare Theatre (DC), Berkeley Rep, ArtsEmerson, Broad Stage, MCA (Chicago), ODC, The Walker Arts Center, Peak Performances, ADI, Academy of Music, The Old Globe, Curtis Institute of Music, Cutler Majestic Theater. Internationally, Oana has worked in Romania (Bucharest National Theater, Arad National Theatre), France (Théâtre National de Chaillot, Les Subsistence, Le Quartz) and Turkey (International Festival of Contemporary Theater), Peru, Germany, Italy, Singapore and United Kingdom. She has been teaching costume design at MIT. www.oanabotez.com
Yuki Nakase (Lighting Designer) is a lighting designer for theater, dance, performing arts and fashion productions, based in NYC. Recent design credits include Apparition (SBU), Circling the Center (3LD), Co. Un Yamada’s Kaya (Japan), Blue Window (CSC), Decoder 2017 (Agnes Varis PAC), Sorry (LPAC), No One Asked Me (SoHo Playhouse), Bastards of Strindberg (Theatre Row) and The Golem of Havana ( La MaMa). Recent associate design credits include Meteor Shower (The Old Globe /Long Wharf), NYFW Spring 2017 for Tommy Hilfiger (Venice Beach) and NYFW FW17 for COACH 1941 (Pier 76). B.A. in Dance: JWCPE, M.F.A. in Lighting Design: NYU. For more information, please visit http://yukinakase.com.
Jane Shaw (Sound Designer) previously designed Lives of Reason, Guadalupe in the Guest Room and Pinkolandia at Two River Theater. With Ken Rus Schmoll: Grounded (Page 73), Red Dog Howls (New York Theatre Workshop). New York credits include The Killer (Theatre for a New Audience); Unfaithfully Yours (Mint Theater); Ironbound (Rattlestick/Women’s Project); A Taste of Honey (The Pearl). Regional credits include Jane Eyre (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); Rear Window (Hartford Stage); The Price (Triad Stage); Sherlock Holmes... (Dorset Theatre Festival); 4000 Miles (Asolo Rep); and The Crucible (Cleveland Play House). Next: Heartbreak House at Hartford Stage. Recognition: Bessie Award, Henry Award, Drama Desk, Premios ACE 2012, Connecticut Critics Circle, Meet the Composer grant, Theatre Communications Group’s Career Development Program, and nominations for two Lortels, Henry Hewes and Elliot Norton Awards. She was born in Kansas and currently lives in Brooklyn.
James Ortiz (Puppet Designer) Based in New York City, James Ortiz is an established director, actor, writer, designer, and puppeteer. Most recently, James was the recipient of the 2016 Obie Award for Puppet Design for his critically acclaimed Off-Broadway show, The Woodsman. Regionally, on, and Off-Broadway James has designed for: Theatre for a New Audience and The Public Theater (King Lear), Shakespeare Theatre of DC (The Tempest) and The New Group (Mercury Fur) among others. As a director, his work has been seen at New World Stages, Ars Nova, 59E59 and others. As an actor, credits include The Woodsman (New World Stages), El Gato Con Botas (Tectonic Theater Project), On the Head of a Pin (Strangemen), Rhinoceros (UglyRhino), Wanda’s Monster (Making Books Sing). He is the recipient of the 2014 Jim Henson Foundation grant, was the 2015 resident artist at The New Victory Theatre and recently became the 2017 Eugene O’Neill residency recipient. James is also the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the devised theatre group, Strangemen & Co. www.strangemencompany.com
Will Gallacher (Puppet Director) Film/TV: Winter Rye (winner, Garden State Film Festival, dir. Victoria DeMartin), A Crime to Remember (Investigation Discovery). Theater: The Woodsman, On the Head of a Pin (Strangemen & Co.), Twelfth Night (Libra Theater Co.), Henry V and The School for Husbands (NY Classical Theatre), Associations of Hip (Overturn Theater Ensemble). He comes from Rochester, NY, via SUNY Purchase Conservatory.
Heidi Griffiths (Casting) has worked for more than 25 years at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in NYC, where she has cast over 200 productions Off-Broadway and at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, including Shakespeare, new plays, and musicals. On Broadway: Sweat; Shuffle Along; The Crucible, Eclipsed; A Delicate Balance; A Raisin in the Sun; Lucky Guy; Chinglish; The Motherf**ker with the Hat; The Merchant of Venice; Hair; Passing Strange; Caroline, or Change; Take Me Out (Tony Award, Best Play 2003); Topdog/Underdog (Pulitzer Prize, 2002); The Wild Party; Bring in ’Da Noise, Bring in ’Da Funk; On the Town; and The Tempest. She also cast the films The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love, MURDER and murder, and Saving Face. The Women of Padilla is her eighth collaboration with Two River Theater.
Kate Murray (Casting) Two River Theater: The Merry Wives of Windsor, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Seven Guitars, Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine, and The School for Wives. Broadway (as Casting Associate): The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, A Delicate Balance, A Raisin in the Sun, Lucky Guy (Casting Assistant). Additional casting credits include work with The Cherry Lane Theater, Bedlam Theatre, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Throughline Artists, and UglyRhino Productions. Film: Across the Sea, My First Kiss and the People Involved. Kate is the Casting Associate at The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival.
Production Stage Manager
Alison Hassman (Production Stage Manager) Two River: Ropes, Pinkolandia, Crossing Borders Festival. New York: Hamilton, The Nutcracker (New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center), Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Cherry Lane, Westside Theatre, 59E59, the York, 24 Hour Play Company. Regional: McCarter, Theater Horizon, Trinity Rep, Bristol Riverside, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Premiere Stages, Philadelphia Theatre Company. Huge gratitude to Jean and Nicole. As always, for CW and AS.
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