STREAMING VIRTUALLY | JULY 6 – JULY 18, 8:00PM
By Karen Zacarias
Directed by KJ Sanchez
Good fences make good neighbors in this new comedy of clashing cultures and rival gardens. When a rising Chilean attorney Pablo and his pregnant doctoral candidate wife Tania buy a home next to well-established D.C. couple Frank and Virginia, an innocent disagreement over a long-standing fence turns into an all-out border feud. With frank discussions of class, ethnicity, taste, and privilege, critics call Karen Zacarías’ “biting, perceptive, and ultimately hopeful” script a “true breath of comic fresh air.”
Available exclusively as a virtual experience, Native Gardens will be presented as a filmed reading, bringing new stories and perspectives to our audiences. $20 (per viewing)
An Introduction to Native Gardens
Artists & Crew
Gisela Chípe*Tania Del Valle, Native Gardens
Gisela Chípe (Tania Del Valle, Native Gardens) an award-winning actor, writer, and producer was an executive producer on the anticipated series This Boy’s Vida, produced the award winning Black?, and co-wrote/created the comedy the Graduate series. Acting credits include: The Unholy, AWKWAFINA is Nora from Queens, FBI, Law and Order: SVU, and Manifest. In Spanish: Wasp Network, opposite Penélope Cruz (Cannes/Netflix) & Bel Canto opposite Julianne Moore. In Portuguese: the Olympic Games in Brazil. Off-Broadway and in prestigious theaters— recently in the wildly popular Quixote Nuevo, opposite beloved Sesame Street actor Emilio Delgado. Gisela works to create greater visibility for black and brown stories. #WeSeeYouWAT
Joseph Castillo-Midyett*Pablo Del Valle, Native Gardens
JOSEPH CASTILLO-MIDYETT (Pablo Del Valle, Native Gardens) FILM: Collateral Beauty, Beyond the Night, C Street, From Nowhere. TELEVISION: Equalizer, City on a Hill, Fear the Walking Dead, Queen of the South, Homeland, FBI, New Amsterdam, Plot Against America, The Following, Divorce, Master of None, MacGyver, Jessica Jones, The Resident, City on the Hill, The Path. OFF-BROADWAY: The Acting Company: Of Mice and Men, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, The Comedy of Errors; The Pearl Theater: Twelfth Night; 59E59 Theaters: Enjoy (American premiere); Rattlestick Theater: National Playwrights Festival. REGIONAL: Shakespeare DC: Much Ado; The Actors Theatre of Louisville: Dracula; Syracuse Stage: Glass Menagerie, Picasso at the Lapin Agile; Delaware Theatre Company: The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged; Texas Shakespeare: Amadeus; Peter in Peter Pan (dir. Mark Lamos); Misalliance; Savages, Christians and Other Homo Sapiens (dir. Adrian Hall).
Shelby North*Stage Manager, Native Gardens
Shelby North (Stage Manager, Native Gardens) is thrilled to be back at PSF! She is a passionate theatre practitioner originally from Atlanta, GA. Previously, she has worked with theatres including The Alliance Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group, Delaware Theatre Company, Theatre Horizon, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Quintessence Theatre Group, and The Yale Repertory Theatre. She also serves on Theatre Horizon’s staff as Producing Director. Shelby received her undergraduate degree from College of Charleston and her Master of Fine Arts from Yale School of Drama.
KJ SanchezDirector, Native Gardens
(Director, River Bride) is the founder and CEO of American Records, dedicated to making theatre that chronicles our time, theatre that serves as a bridge between people. She is also an Associate Professor at UT Austin and head of the MFA Playwriting/Directing programs. Her productions – as a director/playwright – include (select list) The Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre, The Alley, Berkeley Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Playmakers Rep, Asolo Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Two River Theater, Frontera Rep, Round House, Studio Theatre in D.C., Cornerstone Theater Company and Off-Broadway at Urban Stages, HERE Arts Center and the Gene Frankel Theatre. KJ is a Fox Fellow, Douglass Wallop Fellow, and a recipient of the 2014 Rella Lossy Playwright Award.
Susan Riley Stevens*Virginia Butley, Native Gardens
Susan Riley Stevens (Virginia Butley, Native Gardens) is thrilled and grateful to return to theatre at PSF! Previous shows at PSF include Macbeth, Lend Me A Tenor, King Lear, Othello and Hamlet, as well as a number of Extreme Shakespeare productions: All’s Well That Ends Well, King John, Henry VIII, Troilus & Cressida, and Pericles. Regional: Walnut Street Theatre, 1812 Productions, InterAct, Theatre Horizon, People’s Light, Bristol Riverside, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Dallas Theatre Center, Portland Stage Company, and Asolo Repertory Theatre. Susan is also the voice of many political campaigns across the country. She holds an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama, and lives in NJ with her husband Greg and daughter Laura.
Greg Wood*The Poet, Iliad; Frank Butley, Native Gardens
Greg Wood (The Poet, Iliad; Frank Butley, Native Gardens): At PSF: Hamlet, Cyrano, Antony, Richard III, Malvolio, Prospero, Cassius, Leontes, Chorus, Jacques, Petruchio, Orsino, Oberon, Lysander, King John, Ulysses, Claudius, Lord Capulet, Don Pedro, Banquo, Jamie Tyrone, Elyot Chase, Charles Condomine, Bluntschli, Phileas Fogg, Sherlock Holmes, et al. Film & TV: Sixth Sense, Signs, The Happening, Killing Emmett Young, Dr. Death, How To Get Away With Murder, Law & Order, Ed, Hack, and Homicide. We’re back! I’m so very thrilled to be able to stand on this stage again. It’s been two long, anxious years since we’ve been together in this space. Thank you for being here. Thank you for helping bring back live theatre.
Karen ZacaríasPlaywright, Native Gardens
Karen Zacarías (Playwright, Native Gardens) is an award-winning playwright who’s written 18 plays. She’s written adaptations for Just Like Us and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent, based on the novel by Julia Alvarez. She wrote her play Mariela in the Desert in both English and Spanish. Her Latin American adaptations of classics include Cinderella Eats Rice and Beans: A Salsa Fairy Tale, and Oliverio: A Brazilian Twist. Her musicals include The Magical Piñata, Frida Libre, Ferdinand the Bull, and Jane of the Jungle. She founded Young Playwrights’ Theater, an award-winning theater company that teaches playwriting in local public schools in Washington, D.C., where she lives with her husband and three children.