Tucson : 09/08/18 - 09/29/18

Phoenix : 10/04/18 - 10/21/18


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Directed by JANE JONES

A hilarious new comedy that’s anything but neighborly! High-powered lawyer Pablo and his wife Tania, a doctoral candidate, are working toward the American Dream. They move into a well-to-do, mostly white neighborhood in our nation’s capital. The neighbors are an old-school, well-established D.C. couple with a prize-worthy English garden. A delicate disagreement over a long-standing fence line soon spirals into an all-out, ludicrously comic border dispute, exposing both couples’ notions of race, taste, class, and cultural privilege. This brilliant new comedy looks at the fast-receding ideal that we should all be able to live next door to each other, whatever our background, age, and politics – even as the play rightly observes that such harmony cannot exist without some willingness for self-examination, especially on the side of the fence where historical privilege has resided.

Native Gardens is a true breath of comic fresh air. It’s a biting, perceptive, and ultimately hopeful sendup to our fraught relationships with those around us – even right next door … The play challenges audiences to look beyond petty differences and rediscover our shared decency.” – DC Theatre Scene

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Accessible Performances:
Tuc: 09/27/18 (2:00 p.m.) – AD / OC; 09/27/18 (7:30 p.m.) – ASL
Phx: 10/14/18 (7:00 p.m.) – OC; 10/17/18 (7:30 p.m.) – AD; 10/18/18 (2:00 p.m.) – AD; 10/20/18 (2:00 p.m.) – ASL


Jane Jones: Director
Carey Wong: Scenic Designer
Deborah Trout: Costume Designer
Andrew D. Smith: Lighting Designer
Brian Jerome Peterson: Sound Designer
Stephanie Klapper, CSA: Casting
Tiffany Ana López: Dramaturg
Bruno Ingram*: Stage Manager
Glenn Bruner: Assistant Stage Manager

*Denotes members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.


Arlene Chico-Lugo*: Tania Del Valle
Bill Geisslinger*: Frank Butley
Keith Contreras*: Pablo Del Valle
Robynn Rodriguez*: Virginia Butley
Victor Arevalo: Ensemble
Jordan-Kerry Mitchell: Ensemble
Christian M. Nicholas: Ensemble
Sonia Rodriguez Wood: Ensemble

*Denotes members of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.