What To Expect When You're La Virgen
Written and performed by Alina Collins Maldonado
Maria wakes on her birthday, December 12th, to discover she is the new Virgen de Guadalupe. She immediately questions whether she is cut out for the job after receiving overwhelming prayers from Latina mothers and daughters. How can she help them understand their worth when she begins questioning her own? This one-woman show continues Collins Maldonado's previous work No Salgas Con El Pelo Mojado, inspired by actual interviews and workshops with Latina women over the last two years. Transforming into each interviewee, the piece will examine identity, cultural expectations, and traditions passed down through generations.
This play was developed during the 2022 Artist Residency at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
Staged reading at The Kogod Theater, October 9th, 2022.
Directed by Yesenia Iglesias
Projection design by Nitsan Scharf
Storytelling Consultant, Jasmine Coles
Music by Elena Lacayo
Stage Directions read by Nat Corvoisier
Board operator, Evan Thanicatt
Delia in Secret Things
by Elaine Romero
at 1st Stage Theater
Dir. Alex Levy
Set Design: Jessica Alexandra Cancino
Lighting Design: Alex Casillas
Costume Design: Kelsey Hunt
Props Design: George Thomas Wang
Sound Design: Ethan Basils
Assistant Dir/Movement Dir: Nicole Maneffa
Featuring: Alina Collins Maldonado, Luz Nicolas, Larry Redmond, Luis Alberto Gonzalez, Matthew Sparacino
Photo by Teresa Castracane
A Chorus Within Her
at Theater Alliance
Directed by Alina Collins Maldonado
Choreographed by Tiffany Quinn
Assistant Director: Raven Lorraine
Assistant Choreographer: Siani Nicole
Scenic Design: Jessica Alexandra Cancino
Costume Design: Moyenda Kulemeka
Sound Design: Sarah O’Halloran
Lighting Design: Sarah Tundermann
Projections Design: Nitsan Scharf
Featuring: Kathleen Akerley, Jasmine Brooks, Ezinne Elele, Siani Nicole, Anna Shafer, Elizabeth Ung
A Devised Work by Gabrielle Brant Freeman, Glenis Redmond, Christine Sloan Stoddard, Carmin Wong, and the Ensemble
In poetry and song, Theater Alliance’s ‘Chorus Within Her’ centers women
The performance is both a container for this period’s pain and loss and a meditation on what persists and resists.
This is a beautiful and precious experience of the sacred and the profane, the absurd and the flat-out real, the mundane and the momentous that informs the decision we make, the paths we reject, and the way we present to the world. This is theatre for all of us.
NO SALGAS CON EL PELO MOJADO
created and performed by Alina Collins Maldonado
Through a series of actual interviews centering the relationship between Latina mothers and their daughters, No Salgas Con El Pelo Mojado offers a bilingual, intimate portrayal of the Latina experience as seen through its matriarchs. Bringing the words to life of multiple interviewees, this theater piece explores the unanswered questions of identity and cultural expectations passed down through generations. Featuring musical performances by Sharalys Silva and Elena Lacayo. Storytelling Consultant, Jasmine Eileen Coles. Costume and Set Design by Moyenda Kulemeka. Cinematography and Editing by Terry Hunt. A virtual talkback with Alina and Yesenia Iglesias will follow the film.
This event is part of NextLOOK artist series 2020-21. In partnership with Joe's Movement Emporium and The Clarice, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by regionally-based performing artists.