Stephanie's "Harrowing" & "Gut-wrenching" THE MADRES now running at the Skylight!
I was five years old the first time I visited Buenos Aires. That was 1980, during the military Junta that disappeared an estimated 30,000 Argentines. Many years later when I was living and working in Buenos Aires, I went one Thursday to see and walk with The Madres de La Plaza de Mayo. Inspired by these women and the strong women in my own life including my mom, my Argentine stepmom and my grandma, I decided to try to find a way to tell their story. It wasn't until I became a mother myself that I found a way.
I wrote the first draft of THE MADRES in February of 2015. Since then, I've been on a journey with this play and the people who have championed it along the way. One of those people is Arianna Ortiz who is currently starring as CAROLINA at the Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles in the first of four productions that make up the NNPN Rolling World Premiere of THE MADRES. Her work as CAROLINA is heart-wrenching and stunning. As is the entire cast. If you are in L.A., I hope you will come see their beautiful work. Critics have been weighing in and calling The Madres "mesmerizing," "harrowing," and "gut-wrenching."
is a story about the strength and resilience of women. It's about brave women who refused to be silenced. When they chose to speak out, to stand up and march, they were called "crazy/ Las Locas" - as women who speak truth to power often are. No one believed their stories of their missing children. No one believed the government could or would do such a thing. No one wanted to believe them. This didn't stop Las Madres from speaking out, demanding justice and showing up every Thursday to march right in front of the Casa Rosada (Argentina’s equivalent of our White House.) Las Madres - the original Women’s Marchers- were the first to resist the Argentine dictatorship.
The timing of the world premiere of The Madres is remarkable because it seems people are finally listening to women. I pray that we never stop listening. There is so much we can learn from Las Madres and their brave act of resistance. Let us never forget, let us never be complacent in the face of injustice, let us always be as brave as Las Madres. Ni olvido, ni perdón!
Now through April 29 at the Skylight Theatre in the Los Feliz neighborhood of L.A.