Online : 08/18/20 - 08/22/20


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By Benjamin Benne
Directed by Catherine María Rodríguez

This is an online reading as part of our Digital Season.
A mother, a daughter and the thread of an American Dream. Working mom Alma has singlehandedly raised her daughter, Ángel, on tough love, home-cooked comida, and lots of prayers. But on the eve of the all-important SAT, Alma discovers her daughter isn’t at home studying. A schooling and la chancla await Ángel at home—but so does a creeping realization that more’s at stake than just a test score. A sacrifice from Alma’s past weighs heavy on their present; now, Alma fears that her worst nightmare may soon be their reality. Will the American Dream cost them a life together?

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ALMA program guide

Click here to watch the Prologue for ALMA!

Photos by John Moore for Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ 2020 Colorado New Play Summit

Our Staff understands that the African Diaspora extends to many communities including those of Black of Hispanic origin. To our Afro-Latinx brothers and sisters, we know that silence is complicity. So we want to make it clear. We see you. We are with you. Your lives matter. 

Events & Community Conversations

Friday, August 14, 4 p.m. – ATC’s Hang & Focus Live with the Playwright and Director

Tuesday, August 18, 5 p.m. – Opening Night Live Stream

Thursday, August 20, 5 p.m. – Town Hall: “Migration, Liberation, and Belonging: A Conversation on Black Immigrant Freedom Struggles”

Friday, August 21, 4 p.m. – ATC’s Hang & Focus Live announcing the 2020 National Latinx Playwrighting Award winner

Saturday, August 22, 1 p.m. – Facebook Group Streaming

Saturday, August 22, 3 p.m. – Facebook Talk Back with the Actors



Benjamin Benne

Catherine María Rodríguez

Glenn Bruner
Production Stage Manager


Danaya Esperanza

Amandla Jahava