by Tony Meneses
directed by Sara Guerrero
Guadalupe has lost a daughter, Steve has lost a wife, and neither of them can find enough common ground to talk about it. Coupled with the fact that neither of them can speak the other’s language, they find a new way to connect: through an unlikely love of Telenovela–the wildly popular Latin American soap opera. How can such different people come together and take a step toward healing? Guadalupe offers a profound look into the complexities of language, grief, loneliness, love, laughter, and new beginnings.
Venue: The Ruth
Rating: R for some strong language, adult content
ABOUT THE SHOW
Director – Sara Guerrero
Scenic Design – Uldarico Sarmiento
Asst. Scenic Design – Natalia Avila
Costume Design – Celia Kasberg
Lighting Design – Mandi Wood
Sound Design – Becca Pearce
Stage Manager – Devon Muko*
Asst. Stage Manager – Michael George
Guadalupe – Stephanie Diaz*
Steve – Dustin Bronson*
Raquel – Regina Fernandez
Roberto – Miguel Nuñez*
Director’s Note: Sara Guerrero
I’m delighted to be well received here at Creede Repertory and pleased to welcome you all to the production of GITGR. A play that invites us into the lives of a small family mourning the loss of a loving daughter and wife, Claudia. One person, two worlds. Two worlds that connect a grieving mother and a son-in-law. In their own way, the two attempt to move forward despite bearing their grief separately. The distance between them staggers their ability to heal, communicate, accept, set aside grievances, face fears, and mourn together. Will the love they had for Claudia be enough to bring them together and to accept her passing? And, how?
Recently, my family and I experienced the loss of my beloved grandfather. It brought us physically together and emotionally pulled us apart. Everyone grieving but mostly alone. Through the time planning his services we made ordinary everyday discoveries that broke our barriers. Like the simple act of drinking coffee and eating pan dulce (sweet bread) together, something grandpa always loved and how he started his day. Uncovering his favorite album leading us all to sing and dance until the wee hours. And, the stories, the endless stories he once told and lived that we laughed and shared. In those ordinary everyday moments, we came alive and together.
Maybe grandpa, in his quiet way, urged us to be there for one another. And through loving him we shared our love for one another. Maybe, in our play, something in the “ordinary everyday” that is Claudia will help bring these two worlds together.
I dedicate this to the memory of my loving grandparents: Juanita Robles (oak), our tree of strength and wisdom and Cruz Sarmiento (tree branches), our branches of courage and love.
“There is no death, daughter. People die only when we forget them,” my mother explained shortly before she left me. “If you can remember me, I will be with you always.” Isabel Allende
Guadalupe in the Guest Room is presented by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Service, Inc., New York.
Guadalupe in the Guest Room was originally produced by Two River Theater Company. John Dias, Artistic Director; Michael Harst, Managing Director.
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.