Latinos Among Cast Members for ‘Native Gardens’ April 6 – May 6


Dealing with neighbors can be thorny, especially for Pablo and Tania, a young Latino couple who have just moved into a well-established DC neighborhood. Though Frank and Virginia have the best intentions for making the new couple feel welcome next door, their newly budding friendship is tested when they realize their shared property line isn’t where it’s supposed to be. Frank is afraid of losing his prized garden, Pablo wants what is legally his, Tania has a pregnancy and a thesis she’d rather be worrying about, and Virginia just wants some peace. But until they address the real roots of their problems, it’s all-out war in this hilarious and heartfelt play about the lines that divide us and those that connect us.

DCPA Theatre Company Announces Full Cast and Creative Team for Native Gardens by Karen Zacarí 

Playwright Karen Zacarías (Just Like UsThe Book Club Play) is one of the most-produced Latina playwrights in the nation and the creator of multiple award-winning plays. She is a core founder of the Latino/a Theatre Commons, alongside Director Lisa Portes. Primarily tackling new plays and musicals, Portes serves on the board of Theatre Communications Group, heads the MFA directing program at DePaul University and has directed at dozens of theatres around the country.

The Denver production of Native Gardens will feature John Ahlin (Broadway’s Tony-Award winning revival of Journey’s End) as Frank Butley, Jordan Baker (Broadway’s Suddenly, Last SummerThe Normal Heart) as Virginia Butley, Mariana Fernández (DCPA’s FADE) as Tania Del Valle, Ryan Garbayo (Red Bull Theater’s The Government Inspector Off-Broadway) as Pablo Del Valle. Ensemble members will include Anthony V. Haro (University of Northern Colorado Opera’s La Cenerentola), Brandon Lopez (Lucent Performing Arts’ American Idiot Gustavo Marquez (Colorado Shakespeare Education’s Comedy of Errors), and Gia Valverde (Su Teatro’s Enrique’s Journey).

The production will include designs by Lisa M. Orzolek (Scenic Designer), Raquel Barreto (Costume Designer), Charles R. MacLeod (Lighting Designer), Rick Sims (Sound Designer), Douglas Langworthy (Dramaturg), Elissa Myers Casting/Paul Foquet, CSA(Casting), and stage management by Heidi Echtenkamp (Stage Manager) and Kailey Buttrick (Assistant Stage Manager).

Native Gardens

By Karen Zacarías
Run Time: Approximately one hour and 30 minutes with no intermission.
Ticket Price: Starting at $30. Prices vary by date and availability.
Age Recommendation: 14+
Advisory: This play contains e-cigarettes, mild adult themes and language. A chainsaw is used approx. one hour and 27 minutes into the show. The scenic design includes some real dirt and mulch elements, as well as floral-scented air effects.