2 hours including a 15-minute intermission.
Living in the Dominican Republic under the oppressive regime of Rafael Trujillo, four sisters are forced to rethink their values in order to change the fate of the country they love. Through music, magic, and memory, watch the Mirabal sisters as they undergo the difficult personal transformations necessary to finally emerge as Las Mariposas, international symbols of hope and resistance.
Caridad Svich received a 2018 Tanne Foundation Award, the 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in the theatre, a 2018 NNPN rolling world premiere for Red Bike, 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and NNPN rolling world premiere for Guapa, and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based Isabel Allende’s novel, and the 2018 Ellen Stewart Career Achievement in Professional and Academic Theatre Award from Association of Theatre in Higher Education. She has won the National Latino Playwriting Award (sponsored by Arizona Theatre Company) twice, including in the year 2013 for her play Spark. She has been short-listed for the PEN-West Award in Drama four times, including in the year 2012 for her play Magnificent Waste. Her works in English and Spanish have been seen at venues across the US and abroad, among them Arena Stage’s Kogod Cradle Series, Denver Center Theatre, 59E59, The Women’s Project, Woodshed Collective @ McCarren Park Pool, Repertorio Espanol, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, Lighthouse Poole UK, Teatro Mori (Chile), Artheater-Cologne (Germany), Ilkhom Theater (Uzbekistan), Teatro Espressivo (Costa Rica), Welsh Fargo Stage (Wales), Homotopia Festival UK, SummerWorks festival in Toronto, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival/UK.
Christy Drogosch has a BA in Spanish, Theater Arts, and Arts and Letters from Portland State University. She has a Master’s in Education also from PSU and is currently earning a Masters in Spanish Linguistics from New Mexico State University. She has been active in Portland theater for 20 years. She began the Teatro Español Program at Teatro Milagro with Leila Bretón in 2001 when she co-directed La Barca Sin Pescador as well as taught acting and movement workshops for the program. She went on to direct a deconstructed version of Lope de Vega’s Fuenteovejuna, Nilo Cruz’s Ana en el Trópico, and Fernando de Rojas’ La Celestina. She is delighted to be directing Caridad Svich’s En el Tiempo de las Mariposas.