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PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2016: Conchi León – Mestiza Power

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Apr 29, 2016
Apr 29, 2016
Dixon Place
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Mestiza Power. Photo Credit: Saas Tun Company

Mestiza Power. Photo Credit: Saas Tun Company

Friday, April 29
7:30pm | Dixon Place
(161A Chrystie St. NYC. Subway: Grand Street, B/D)

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

Mestiza Power
Written by Conchi León (Mexico) & Translated by Virginia Grise
Directed by Debbie Saivetz

Based on real-life interviews, the play explores the complex world of the Mestiza, including mystical practice, domestic violence and the life of street vendors— the voices of today’s Mayan women. Through a series of monologues and interviews conducted with street vendors in Mérida, the capital of Yucatán, and other rural areas of the state, these stories paint a portrait of the faces, the thoughts, and the voices of contemporary women in Mexico. This reading will be followed by a conversation with Conchi León and Debbie Savietz.

Photo courtesy of the Artist

Photo courtesy of the Artist

Conchi León, born in Mérida, Yucatán in 1973, is a playwright, director, and journalist. Founder of the Municipal Theatre Company in Acapulco, her most representative work, Mestiza Power, is included in the Mexican Educational Theatre Anthology. She has developed educational theatre programs for mentally challenged children, homeless children, minor offenders and implements theatre as a means for social re-adaptation at the Federal Jail in Mérida. The Royal Court International Program (London) selected León to take part in the second playwriting seminar in Mexico City. León’s Santificarás las fiestas was nominated for the international prize of dramaturgy in Heidelberg. In 2011, the Human Rights Commission in Yucatán awarded her a prize for her social work through theatre. Her work has been translated into German, Czech, Portuguese, and English.

Photo by Dixie Sheridan

Photo by Dixie Sheridan

Debbie Saivetz has directed and developed new plays at New York, regional and international theaters such as the Foundry, Fulcrum, Clubbed Thumb, Rattlestick, E.S.T., Working Theater, Voice & Vision, Red Bull, INTAR, American Lyric Theater, the Lark, the Playwrights’ Center, Hartford Stage, the Goodman, the Guthrie, Long Wharf, Seattle Rep, Teatro Helénico and Lab Trece (Mexico City), La Casa de los Teatros (Oaxaca), and Teatro La Llave (Santiago, Chile). She performed in Exodus (LONEtheater), a site-specific intervention created by Argentine theater artist Matías Umpierrez for NYC’s Underground Zero Festival. She is a Drama League of New York Directing Fellow, a New Georges Affiliate Artist and 2015-16 Audrey Resident, an alumna of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and was a resident director at New Dramatists. She teaches in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Montclair State University.

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