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Digital Play Reading: Alma

Digital Play Reading: Alma

Audiences will be able to enjoy the launch of our first of in a series of creative digital performance offerings with Alma, the story of a daughter and her mother and the thread of the American dream.

Written by Benjamin Benne, our 2019 Latinx Playwright Award winner, Alma will be accessible on our website as well as on Facebook, YouTube and Vimeo from Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. through August 22 at 5 p.m. A variety of programming around the play also will be available. There is no charge to view the play, but donations to Arizona Theatre Company are encouraged and will be greatly appreciated.

A selection for the Denver Center for Performing Arts’ Colorado New Play Summit and The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference, Alma has been named one of the top eight best unproduced Latinx plays by the 50 Playwrights Project and winner of the 2019 Blue Ink Playwriting Award from 752 submissions by American Blues Theatre.

Alma is directed by Catherine María Rodríguez, a story shaper, performance maker and culture shaker who also serves as Vice President of Unscripted Development and Programming for Lifetime television.

The story follows working mom Alma (Danaya Esperanza) who has singlehandedly raised her daughter, Ángel (Amandla Jahava) on tough love, home-cooked comida and lots of prayers. On the eve of the all-important SAT, Alma discovers her daughter isn’t at home studying. A schooling and la chancla (flip flop) await Ángel at home, but so does a creeping realization that more is at stake than just a test score. A sacrifice from Alma’s past weighs heavy on their present; now, Alma fears the worst nightmare may soon be their reality. Will the American Dream cost them a life together?

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