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“DIGNA” BY PATRICIA DAVIS
Thursday, October 5, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 7:30 pm MST
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: “DIGNA” BY PATRICIA DAVIS. TEATRO DIGNIDAD & YWCA SOUTHERN ARIZONA, PRESENTS, “DIGNA”, BY PATRICIA DAVIS, TRANSLATED INTO SPANISH BY EVA TESSLER. SPANISH PRODUCTION OF DIGNA, OCTOBER 5-8, 2017. ENGLISH PRODUCTION OF DIGNA, OCTOBER 19-22, 2017
AT THE YWCA OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA, 525 N. Bonita Ave, Tucson Arizona, 85745
Teatro Dignidad is a call for Dignity. Within the spirit of advancing the inalienable and fundamental freedoms of all human beings as declared in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the mission of Teatro Dignidad is to produce plays, and foster art movements that call for the recognition of the inherent dignity of all human beings.
Teatro Dignidad produces plays that provoke critical thinking about the current state of human rights. The plays produced include human rights campaigns and/or participatory art movements that stem from the very issues found in the play which promote fundamental human rights under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Teatro Dignidad also works at creating local and transnational partnerships to foster art and human rights movements across borders.
“Digna’s” World Premiere took place in February of 2017 at the YWCA under the direction of Barclay Goldsmith and featuring Alba Jaramillo. After 8 sold-out performances and standing ovations, Teatro Dignidad is relaunching “Digna,” now in both English and Spanish.
In this one woman play, Digna by Patricia Davis, Digna Ochoa y Placido, a Mexican indigenous human rights attorney, returns from the dead to address the public. She confronts the harrowing attacks she suffered at the hands of Mexican security forces in response to her defense of environmentalists, Zapatistas, and other indigenous people. Based on her life, this play explores the cost of resistance and its essential transformative power.
ABOUT DIGNA OCHOA Y PLACIDO (May 15, 1964–October 19, 2001)
Digna Ochoa y Placido, born in Misantla, Veracruz, was a former nun and human rights attorney in Mexico. Ochoa defended those without access to representation. Her work included defending environmentalist in Guerrero, Zapatista guerrillas in Chiapas, and other indigenous communities. Ochoa took on controversial human rights cases challenging powerful governmental agencies, some of which included criminal charges against the military and other members of the state. On several occasions throughout her career, Ochao was kidnapped and tortured, forcing her to seek exile in the United States for 6 months prior to her death.
On October 19, 2001, at the age 37, Ochoa, was found shot dead in her Mexico City office. Despite evidence pointing to foul-play, including death threats, incidents of torture, a previous sexual assault, and multiple attempts on her life, Mexico City prosecutors have maintained that Ochoa’s committed suicide (a contradiction to the government’s own initial investigation and finding that she was murdered.) The human right’s community and Ochoa’s family, continues to reject the government’s suicide theory, noting the inconsistencies and lack of transparency in the government’s investigation and the weight of that evidence that point to the murder of one of the world’s most renowned human rights defenders.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Patricia Davis is a 2016 fellow in the Arena Stage play development program at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Her plays include Alternative Methods (2010 NYC Fringe), Cleared (Kennedy Center’s 2013 Page-to-Stage Festival); and After the Blood (presented at La Mama in 2014). Former director of the Guatemala Human Rights Commission, she is co-author, with Dianna Ortiz, of The Blindfold’s Eyes. Her articles on foreign policy have been published by the North American Congress on Latin America, the Copenhagen Initiative for Central America and Mexico, and the Center for International Policy and have appeared in The Nation, Foreign Policy in Focus, Counterpunch, and Common Dreams. She also writes theater reviews for HowlRound. She has published a collection of poetry (The Water that Broke You, 2014). Her poetry work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Davis holds an MFA from American University and a BA from Carleton.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, TEATRO DIGNIDAD PRESENTS, “DIGNA” BY PATRICIA DAVIS
IN SPANISH- OCTOBER 5-8, 2017
Thursdays-Saturdays @ 7:30 pm Sundays @ 2 pm
IN ENGLISH- OCTOBER 19-22, 2017
Thursdays-Saturdays @ 7:30 pm Sundays @ 2 pm
$15 general admission, $12 for students, $10 YWCA members, and Thursday is pay-what-you-can day.
Groups Rates Available.
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