Luchadora!, a play by Theater Faculty Member Alvaro Saar Rios, which is part of First Stage’s upcoming season, has been selected to be part of the 2014 Austin Latino New Play Festival in Austin, Texas in May.
The Austin Latino New Play Festival is a theater event which unites playwrights and audience members in conversation about three new workshop productions that bring insight into the Latino experience.
Though the productions have Latino roots, they explore cross-cultural age-old themes and modern dilemmas that will surprise, challenge, engage and push the dramatic envelope.
Luchadora! is about Lupita, a Wisconsin grandmother. The discovery of a wrestling mask prompts her to share her story about growing up in 1950’s Texas. She delves into the story of her life as a teen tomboy. Within her tale, Lupita anticipates seeing a World Championship match until she discovers her ailing father is one of the wrestlers. Concerned about her father’s safety, Lupita trains “in secret” to be a wrestler but finds difficulty keeping her secret from her friends and, most importantly, her father.
You can see Luchadora! at First Stage April 10 – April 26.