The Mermaid Hour

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The Mermaid Hour

By David Valdes Greenwood
Directed by Sacha Reich
March 22 – April 14, 2018
NNPN Rolling World Premiere | English
con sobretítulos en español para ciertas presentaciones
The Mermaid Hour

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About the Play

Pilar and Bird are navigating the challenges of raising their 11-year-old daughter Violet as she comes to terms with her identity as a mixed race transgender girl. When Violet makes a YouTube video declaring her love for her gay best friend, Jacob, their parents are forced to rise up to the challenge of supporting their children through a tumultuous time. This brutally honest play is both poignant and hilarious.

Milagro is one of four theatres producing The Mermaid Hour as part of the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere. The other participating theatres are Borderlands Theatre in Tucson, AZ; The Actor's Theatre of Charlotte; and the musical adaptation Mermaid Hour: ReMixed premiering at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, MN.

David Valdes Greenwood

David Valdes Greenwood is the author of plays which have been staged across the US and abroad. His work has been seen with the Huntington Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Portland Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, Actors Theatre of Charlotte, the Humana Festival, and others. Recent productions include Full Code (Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company) and Raggedy And (Pride Films & Plays). Other recent work includes Vow Keepers, workshopped with Fresh Ink and Teatro IATI. The Mermaid Hour was included in the National Showcase of New Plays and developed by the Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte and Ensemble Studio Theatre. His latest play, The Last Catastrophist, was developed by Company One and The Huntington Theatre Company. His play, Brave Navigator, is published by Samuel French, and he is the author of four books, including Homo Domesticus: Notes from a Same-Sex Marriage.

David Valdes Greenwood es el autor de obras que se han mostrado por todos los EE.UU. y en el exterior. Sus obras se pueden ver con el Huntington Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Portland Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, Actors Theatre of Charlotte, el Humana Festival, y otros. Sus producciones recientes incluyen Full Code (Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company) and Raggedy And (Pride Films & Plays). Otro proyecto reciente incluye Vow Keepers, que fue tallerizado con Fresh Ink y Teatro IATI. The Mermaid Hour fue incluida en el National Showcase of New Plays y fue desarrollada por el Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte y Ensemble Studio Theatre. Su ultima obra, The Last Catastrophist, fue desarrollada por Company One y el Huntington Theatre Company. Su obra, Brave Navigator, fue publicada por Samuel French, y es autor de cuatro libros, incluyendo Homo Domesticus: Notes from a Same-Sex Marriage.


Sacha Reich conceived, adapted and directed original programming for her company, Jewish Theatre Collaborative (JTC), including Charlotte Salomon: Life? Or Theatre? A Play with Songs, A Pigeon and a Boy, The Ministry of Special Cases and Davita’s Harp. Before JTC, she was the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Women in Time, a Bay Area theatre company creating critically acclaimed, innovative ensemble productions of classical theatre, such as The Misanthrope and Winter’s Tale. Reich also served as an Artistic Associate with Milagro Theatre, participating in company visioning, play selection and directing main stage productions; among them, Yemaya’s Belly.  She is thrilled for the invitation to rise up with Milagro and this play.

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