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Reading: "Species Native to California" by Dorothy Fortenberry
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (PDT)
Santa Monica, United States
1-6:15pm Docents available at the Marion Davies Guest House to discuss the site
"...Everyone's a part of the family -- until they're not"
Inspired by Anton Chekov's classic play The Cherry Orchard, this new work by local playwright Dorothy Fortenberry juxtaposes Mexican folk tales with contemporary rural life at a family-owned Mendocino County winery. When money troubles threaten the estate, the aging hippie owner, his two daughters, and the Mexican mother and son who live and work with them must face the long-ignored complications of their relationships to the land and to each other. Touching on class, land, power, immigration, wealth and its disappearance with a nuanced and comic view of liberal political culture and attitudes, borders dissolve, generations clash, and the story of a family reflects the fortunes of the nation. This reading is directed by Becca Wolf.
Species Native to California was developed during a residency at Old Growth Arts in Sonoma County, and was read as part of the Youngblood New Blood series in NYC and recently at Theatricum Botanicum as part of their GreenRead series. Special thanks to Jennie Webb. Presented in association with Tilted Field Productions.
SKIP -- Ned Van Zandt
GLORIA -- Monica Sanchez
ZO -- Skip's daughter: Ella Martin
VICTOR -- Gloria's son: Graco Hernandez
MARA -- Zo's sister: Sarah McCarron
JEFF -- Mara's boyfriend: Jeff Wiesen
BERNIE FROM THE BANK -- Richard Azurdia
LA LLORONA -- a ghost: Denise Blasor
Stage Directions - Edward Giron
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Directions: The Beach House is located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402 on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway, a half mile north of the California Incline and a half mile south of Chautauqua Blvd. Plenty of public parking is available - enter off PCH at the Beach House Way traffic light. The facility is easily accessible by foot or bike from the beach bike path, although the Beach closes at sunset. There is ample bike parking at racks throughout the site - remember to bring your own lock.
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