El Nogalar

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March 26 – April 24, 2011 In the Owen
Approximate running time: 1 hour and 40 minutes

A world premiere

A captivating tale of hope and desire from award-winning playwright Tanya Saracho.

Set amid the explosive drug wars in present-day Northern Mexico, El Nogalar is the story of the Galvin family's struggle to hold on to their homestead—and their precarious social status—before it slips away. The play shadows the family's housekeeper, Dunia, as she watches the family matriarch Maite and her daughters squander their money and risk losing everything to a local drug cartel. Despite warnings from friends and family, Maite ignores her dwindling fortune as stubbornly as she ignores the sinister capos simmering at her doorstep. This poignant and moving story from playwright Tanya Saracho, dubbed "a major playwriting talent" by the Chicago Tribune, explores the choice between adapting to the changing world—or getting left behind.

A co-production with Teatro Vista

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    Maité (Charín Alvarez) grieves past events as her daughter, Anita (Christina Nieves), listens.

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    López (Carlo Lorenzo Garcia) attempts to put Dunia (Yunuen Pardo), the housekeeper, in her place.

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    Valeria (Sandra Delgado) struggles to maintain composure in front of her sister, Anita (Christina Nieves).

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    Anita (Christina Nieves) embraces a dear childhood doll while Dunia (Yunuen Pardo), the housekeeper, looks on.

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    Confiding in Fulgencio (Bert Matias), López (Carlo Lorenzo Garcia) describes intimate past experiences and feelings.

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    (clockwise l to r) Valeria (Sandra Delagado), her sister Anita (Christina Nieves), housekeeper Dunia (Yunuen Pardo), and Maité (Charín Alvarez), the matriarch prepare a traditional goat dinner as tensions build surrounding their beloved pecan orchard.

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    Dunia (Yunuen Pardo) playfully provokes an exasperated López (Carlo Lorenzo Garcia) as he makes repairs to the house.

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    A wooden horse along in years gives Maité (Charín Alvarez) pause to remember a better time.

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    Valeria (Sandra Delgado) carries the burdens of her family’s troubles as Dunia (Yunuen Pardo) and Maité (Charín Alvarez) forget them in dance.

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    Dunia (Yunuen Pardo) offers a tempting alternative to López’s torment (Carlo Lorenzo Garcia).

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    Sisters Valeria (Sandra Delgado) and Anita (Christina Nieves) are reminded of their troubles during a family party.

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    Dunia (Yunuen Pardo) offers Valeria (Sandra Delgado) a chance to rest while she tends to dinner.

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    After a heated confrontation, Valeria (Sandra Delgado) relinquishes the keys of the property to her mother, Maité (Charín Alvarez), as her sister, Anita (Christina Nieves) observes.

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