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October 2018 – Showrunner for Starz hit TV Series VIDA gets San Diego Premiere at MOXIE

She was named “Best New Playwright” by Chicago Magazine and she’s a writer for Vida (Starz), How to Get Away with Murder (ABC), Girls (HBO), Devious Maids (HBO) and Looking (HBO), and a founder of Teatro Luna in Chicago. Tanya Saracho is a queer Latina with a remarkable voice, a massive fan following, and her finger on the pulse of audiences across the country. Saracho’s play, Fade opens at MOXIE Theatre and is produced in Association with TuYo Theatre Oct 14 – Nov 11, 2018. Fade delves into territory Saracho knows well. It tells the fictional story of Lucia, a young Latina just hired to write for her first TV show and painfully aware she’s the “diversity hire” at the writing table.

MOXIE Theatre, now in its 14 season of producing award-winning theatre that creates more diverse images of women for our culture, will produce Fade in Association with TuYo Theatre. TuYo, whose debut season is launching in 2018, is dedicated to telling stories from diverse Latinx perspectives. TuYo Co-Founder, Maria Patrice Amon directs. This isn’t Amon’s first time helming a show at MOXIE;  she recently co-directed MOXIE’s Rolling World Premiere of The Madres with MOXIE Executive Artistic Director Jennifer Eve Thorn. “When Amon passed me the script for Fade,” Thorn reflects, “I could tell by the way she talked about it that it spoke to her as a director. I also understood she was in the early stages of launching TuYo Theatre with other artists. I wanted her voice as a director on this show, and I felt strongly about supporting the launch of TuYo. So, I proposed a partnership that would be a win for everyone. Fade fits the mission of both our companies and MOXIE is honored to be working with TuYo.”

Saracho’s play is a witty comedy that explores class and culture. The play is tightly focused, almost as if being watched through the lens of a camera, on two characters in one space over a series of evenings. Both are Mexican. Both work in the same building. Both are surviving in the same oppressive system, but they are on different rungs of the ladder. How they deal with the inequality they face has a lot to do with the access they have to power and how they choose to use it.

“I just hope they take away the complexity of what it’s like to be Mexican right now. How we have to navigate and code switch in a way that maybe your average American doesn’t have to. I just hope that they get that when they’re thinking about us on an everyday level.”

-Tanya Saracho, The Interval

Directed by Maria Patrice Amon. Starring: Javier Guerrero (Abel) and Sofia Sassone (Lucia.) The Design and Production Team includes: Scenic Design, Kristen Flores; Costume Design, Carmen Amon; Lighting Design, Mextly Almeda; Sound Design, Lily Voon; Properties Design, Angelica Ynfante;
and Stage Management, Jessamyn Foster.

Tanya Saracho (Playwright) was born in Sinaloa, México. She is a playwright who writes for Television   (HBO’s “Looking,” “Girls,” “How To Get Away With Murder,” and “Devious Maids.”) and is the creator of Pour Vida on Starz. Named “Best New Playwright” by Chicago Magazine, Saracho is an ensemble member at the Tony Award winning Victory Gardens Theater, the founder of the Ñ Project, founder and co-director of ALTA (Alliance of Latino Theater Artists) and founder and former Artistic Director of Teatro Luna: Chicago’s All-Latina Theater. PLAYS PRODUCED AT: Denver Theatre Center, Primary Stages, Second Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theater, Teatro Vista, Teatro Luna, Fountain Theater, Clubbed Thumb, NEXT Theater and 16th Street Theater. PLAYS INCLUDE: Fade; Hushabye; Mala Hierba; The Tenth Muse; Song for the Disappeared; Enfrascada; El Nogalar (inspired by The Cherry Orchard); an adaptation of The House on Mango Street for Steppenwolf; Our Lady of the Underpass; Surface Day; Kita y Fernanda, and Quita Mitos. Saracho is a winner of the Ofner Prize given by the Goodman Theater, a recipient of an NEA Distinguished New Play Development Project Grant and a 3Arts Artists Award. NEW WORK DEVELOPED AT: South Coast Rep., Denver Theatre Center, Two River Theatre, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Sundance Theater Lab 2012, Hedgebrook Women’s Playwright’s Festival 2012, Ucross/Sundance 2011, Martha’s Vineyard Arts Project 2011, Superlab with Clubbed Thumb/Playwrights Horizon, Ignition Festival at Victory Gardens, Latino Mixfest at Atlantic Theater, and XYZ Fest at About Face Theater. Saracho was named one of nine national Latino “Luminarios” by Café magazine and given the first “Revolucionario” Award in Theater by the National Museum of Mexican Art. IN DEVELOPMENT WITH: HBO, Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, Two Rivers Theatre, Denver Theater Center, South Coast Rep. Tanya is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA, and the Writer’s Guild.

A San Diego Premiere produced in Association with TuYo Theatre
Fade by Tanya Saracho
directed by Maria Patrice Amon

Oct 14 – Nov 11
Opening Night: Oct 20
Thur @ 7:30pm, Fri & Sat @8pm, Sun @2pm

Important Links and Articles

Download the FADE_MOXIE_TuYo_PR
Preview Article & Interview with Maria Patrice Amon in the San Diego Union-Tribune

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In 1810, a Khoikhoi woman named Saartjie Baartman left her home in South Africa only to spend the rest of her life as a side show display in England and France as “The Hottentot Venus,” where spectators would pay to see her voluptuous body. In Lydia R. Diamond’s Voyeurs de Venus, a modern day pop culture academic struggles with how to tell Saartjie’s story without continuing to exploit the exploited. The result? A fun, dance-filled spectacle tackling gender, race, and class making its San Diego debut at MOXIE. Voyeurs de Venus stars MOXIE veteran Cashae Monya as Sara, the hotshot young cultural anthropologist and professor who is being courted by a lucrative book deal that would require her to sell out her integrity – and images of Saartjie in various states of undress – in order to make the book sell. As she struggles with how to write the book without losing her soul, she’s haunted by dance-filled nightmares, white women named Becky, and Saartjie herself. Founding member and former Artistic Director Delicia Turner Sonnenberg returns to direct, marking the second collaboration between Sonnenberg and Diamond (2013 San Diego Critic’s Circle Best Drama winner, The Bluest Eye). Joy Jones, making her MOXIE debut as Baartman, says “I wasn’t expecting there to be so much comedy in this show. It’s really funny. I really hope the audience isn’t afraid to laugh. Historically Saartjie’s story has been told by the men who exploited her, but in this show, we get see her speak for herself. I love getting the opportunity to show her strength and resilience. To show her power. If you look at the sketches of her story most often people only see the victim. She fought back. She spoke up.”

A San Diego Premiere
Voyeurs de Venus
by Lydia Diamond

directed by
Delica Turner Sonnenberg

Aug 12 – Sept 9
Opening Night: Aug 18
Thur @ 7:30pm,
Fri & Sat @8pm
Sun @2pm

They called her The Hottentot Venus, but she had a name. Based in part on the unbelievable true story of Saartje Baartman, an indigenous woman from southern Africa woman who was captured and displayed on the streets of 19th-century London and Paris. Fast forward to the turn of the millennium in Chicago. Pop-culture expert, Sara Washington, is offered the book deal of a lifetime if she’s willing to tell Saartjie’s story. As bizarre dreams and the ghost of Saartjie come to life, Sara is tempted by more than fame and fortune. A provocative, profound, and unapologetically funny tale race, class, and gender.


Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg. Choreographed by Michael Mizrany. The Design and Production Team includes: Set Design, Justin Humphres; Costume Design, Shelly Williams; Lighting Design, Nate Parde; Sound Design, Matt Lescault-Wood; Properties Design, Angelica Ynfante; Wig Design, Missy Bradstreet; Stage Management, Nicole Ries.

Starring: Fred Harlow (Alexander Dunlop), Cortez Johnson (James Booker), Joy Jones (Saartjie Baartman), Justin Lang (James Bradford/Georges Cuvier), Max Macke (William Bullock/Carl Richards), Nancy Ross (Millicent Ducent/Becky), Cashae Monya (Sara Washington), Lesa Green (Dancer), Jocelynn Johnston (Dancer), Ashley Stewart (Dancer).

Lydia Diamond; Playwright

Award winning Plays include: Smart People, Stick Fly, Voyeurs de Venus, The Bluest Eye, The Gift Horse, Harriet Jacobs, The Inside, and Stage Black. Theatres include: Arena Stage, Cort Theatre (Broadway), Chicago Dramatists, Company One, Congo Square, Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, Jubilee Theatre, Kansas City Repertory, Long Wharf, Lorraine Hansberry, McCarter, Theatre Mo’Olelo Performing Arts Co., MPAACT, New Vic Theatre, Playmakers Repertory, Plowshares Theatre Company, Second Stage Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company and TrueColors. Commissions include: Arena Stage, Steppenwolf (4), McCarter, Huntington, Center Stage, Victory Gardens and The Roundabout Theatre Company.


Important Links and Articles

Download the Voyeurs de Venus Press Release

Press Photos
The following photos were taken by Daren Scott.




An NNPN Rolling World Premiere
The Madres
by Stephanie Alison Walker

directed by
Maria Patrice Amon and
Jennifer Eve Thorn

May 13 – June 10
Opening Night: May 19
Thur @ 7pm, Fri & Sat @8pm
Sun @2pm

It’s 1978 in Argentina and people are disappearing off the street. Belén is pregnant and has been missing for twelve weeks. When her mother and grandmother receive a surprise visit from someone who may have the key to finding her, they’ll stop at nothing to get her back. This Rolling Word Premiere is based on the true story of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, whose protest forced the world to recognize the violence and murder happening in Argentina.

Directed by Maria Patrice Amon and Jennifer Eve Thorn. The Design and Production Team includes: Set Design, Alondra Velez; Costume Design, Danita Lee; Lighting Design, Alex Crocker-Lakness; Sound Design, Haley Wolf; Properties Design, Angelica Ynfante; Stage Management, Megan Ames. Starring María Gonzaléz, John Padilla, Sandra Ruiz, Markuz Rodriguez, and Laura Jimenez.


Stephanie Alison Walker (Playwright) is an L.A.-based award-winning playwright. Her full-length plays include The Madres, The Abuelas, Friends With Guns, The Art of Disappearing, American Home, The Sister House, Three Fittings and The Box Jumper. Stephanie’s work has been produced and/or developed at Los Angeles’ Skylight Theatre, Moving Arts, Antaeus Theatre Company, The Road Theatre, The Blank Theatre, San Diego Rep, 16th Street Theater in Chicago, Chicago Dramatists, Boulder Ensemble Theater Company, American Blues Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville and more. Awards include: Finalist for the 2016 Saroyan/Paul Playwriting Prize for Human Rights, Winner of the Ashland New Plays Festival, Blue Ink Award, the Generations Prize, Jane Chambers Award Runner-Up, finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference and the CTG/Humanitas Playwriting Prize, Four-time Finalist for the Heideman Award. Stephanie is a proud member of the Playwrights Union and Antaeus Playwrights Lab. You can follow Stephanie on Twitter @littof and read her plays on the New Play Exchange.


Important Links and Articles

Download the MOXIE Press Release Madres

Press Photos
The following photos were taken by Daren Scott.




A Joint World Premiere
BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!)
by Jami Brandli

directed by
Delicia Turner Sonnenberg

Jan 28 – Feb 25  |  Opening Night: Feb 3
Thur @ 7pm, Fri & Sat @8pm & Sun @2pm

Housewives are dutiful. Husbands are brawny. It’s 1960 and Emily Post’s guide to etiquette is keeping America “great.” But in a delicious turn of events, a stranger materializes who might end life as the citizens of North Orange, New Jersey know it. This audacious Joint World Premiere, with Moving Arts (Los Angeles) and Promethean Theatre (Chicago), reimagines the tragic heroines of Greek Mythology as pill-popping housewives in a cautionary tale with deadly consequences.

Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg. Written by Jami Brandli. The Design and Production Team includes: Set Design, Victoria Petrovich; Costume Design, Shelly Williams; Lighting Design, Christina Martin; Sound Design, Matt Lescault-Wood; Properties Design, Angelica Ynfante; Wigs and Makeup Missy Bradstreet; Stage Management, Nora Kessler. Starring Morgan Carberry, Steve Froehlich, Taylor Linekin, Lydia Lea Real, and Alexandra Slade.





About the Playwright

Jami Brandli plays include Technicolor Life, S.O.E., M-Theory, ¡SOLDADERA!, Sisters Three, A Merry Little Christmasand BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) which was named in The Kilroys Top 46 List in 2014. Her work has been produced/developed at New Dramatists, WordBRIDGE, The Lark, New York Theatre Workshop, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Launch Pad, The Antaeus Company, Chalk REP, The Road, among other venues. Winner of John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award, Holland New Voices Award and Aurora Theatre Company’s GAP Prize.  Technicolor Life premiered at REP Stage as part of the 2015 Women’s Voices Theater Festival.  BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) will receive a joint world premiere with Moving Arts, MOXIE Theatre and Promethean Theatre starting this fall, 2017.   She’s been a finalist for the 2016 PEN Literary Award for Drama, Playwrights’ Center Core Writer Fellowship, Princess Grace Award, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and the Disney ABC TV Fellowship and was also nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award.  Her short works are published with TCG and Smith & Kraus. A proud member of the Playwrights Union, the Antaeus Playwrights Lab, and The Dramatist Guild, Jami teaches dramatic writing at Lesley University’s low-residency MFA program. She is represented by the Robert A Freedman Agency and Fourth Wall Management and is currently developing a TV project with Quaker Moving Pictures.


Important Links and Articles

Download the MOXIE Press Release BLISS

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Adapted by Wendy Kesselman

from the original stage play by Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett
directed by Kym Pappas
Nov 12 – Dec 17 / Opening Night: Nov 18
Thur @ 7pm, Fri & Sat @8pm & Sun @2pm


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About the Play

This is a new adaptation for a new generation. Containing newly discovered writings from Anne Frank’s diary, this is the unforgettable true story of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic from 1942-1944. THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter and their grief. Anne confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty and determination.


About the Adapter
Besides her Tony-nominated adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank, Wendy Kesselman’s plays include The Executioner’s Daughter; The Notebook; The Foggy Foggy Dew; The Last Bridge; I Love You, I Love You Not; Maggie Magalita; Merry-Go-Round; The Shell Collection; My Sister in This House, A Re-imagined Version (Deaf West Theatre); The Graduation of Grace and Spit. She also wrote the book, music and lyrics for The Juniper Tree, A Tragic Household Tale; A Tale of Two Cities; Becca and The Black Monk: A Chamber Musical, which will have its CD release in fall 2015.

Among other honours, she has received the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize; the AT&T Onstage Award; The New England Major Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in the American Theatre; the first annual Playbill Award; the Roger L. Stevens Award; the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award,; the Lecomte du Noüy Annual Award; Meet the Composer Grants; Guggenheim, McKnight and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships; and a Writers Guild of America Award for her screen adaptation of John Knowles’s A Separate Peace. Her other screenplays include Sister My Sister (adapted from My Sister in This House) and I Love You, I Love You Not.

Important Links and Articles

Download the MOXIE Press Release THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

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IRONBOUND by Martyna Mayok

directed by Jennifer Eve Thorn
Sep 17 – Oct 22 / Opening Night: Sep 23
Thur @ 7pm, Fri & Sat @8pm & Sun @2pm


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About the Play

At a bus stop in a run-down New Jersey town, Darja, a Polish immigrant and factory worker, is done talking about feelings; it’s time to talk money. Spanning 22 years and three relationships, Ironbound is a darkly funny portrait of a woman for whom love is a luxury–and a liability–as she fights to survive in America.


Important Links and Articles

Download the MOXIE Press Release IRONBOUND
Read an interview with playwright Martyna Majok in the New York Times


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About the Playwright
Martyna Majok was born in Bytom Poland, and aged in Jersey and Chicago. Her plays have been performed and developed at The O’Neill Theatre Center, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre/Women’s Project Theatre, ensemble Studio Theatre, Round House Theatre. LAByrinth Theatre Company, The John F. Kennedy Center, Dorset Theatre Festival, Marin Theatre Company, and New York Stage & Film among others. Awards include The Dramatists Guild’s Lanford Wilson Award, The Lilly Awards’ Stacey Mindich Prize, Helen Merrill Emerging Playwright Award, Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play or Musical (Helen Hayes Awards), the Ashland New Plays Festival Women’s Invitational Prize, The Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Award, Marin Theatre’s David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize, New York Theatre Workshop’s 2050 Fellowship, Aurora Theatre’s Global Age Project Prize, National New Play Network’s Smith Prize for Political Playwriting, Jane Chambers Student Feminist Playwriting Prize, and The Merage Foundation Fellowship for the American Dream. Commissions from Lincoln Cneter, The Bush Theatre in London, The Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Rep, and Manhattan Theatre Club. Publications by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, TCG, and Smith & Kraus. Residencies at SPACE on Ryder Farm Fuller Road, Marble House Project, and Ragdale. BA: University of Chicago; MFA Yale School of Drama, The Juilliard School. She has taught playwriting at Williams College, Wesleyan University, SUNY Purchase, Primary STages ESPA, NJRep, and as an assistant to Paula Vogel at Yale. Alumna of EST’s Youngblood and Women’s Project Lab. Martyna is a Core Writer at Playwrights Center and a member of The Dramatists Guild, The Writers Guild of America East, and New York Theatre Workshop’s Usual Suspects. Martyna was a 2012-2013 NNPN playwright-in-residence and the 2915-2016 PoNY Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center. 


Developing Leadership at MOXIE


MOXIE Theatre is welcoming in a new era of leadership as founding members Delicia Turner Sonnenberg and Jo Anne Glover transition into advisory roles. Founding member and new Executive Artistic Director Jennifer Eve Thorn has surrounded herself with new and returning MOXIEs, all of whom have a former connection with the company. Thorn herself was originally an intern for Sonnenberg at the San Diego Rep, then a partner at MOXIE, and is now succeeding Sonnenberg as Executive Artistic Director.

“MOXIE is developing future leaders,” says Thorn. “We’re growing leadership from the ground up. We believe this strengthens our community and encourages talent to stay local.”

Thorn first met new Associate Artistic Director Callie Prendiville in 2010 when she cast her in the MOXIE production of The Crucible. “From my first read at the auditions, I was in love with the MOXIE philosophy,” says Prendiville. “These women were creating incredible art, they had babies and families, and there was never a sense of having to choose between making theatre and making a family. As a young woman starting out in the professional theatre, it was really a revelation.” Since her time with MOXIE during The Crucible, Prendiville received a Master’s of Fine Art in Los Angeles and returned to the University of San Diego to teach, often sending her students to write about MOXIE shows. “I’m thrilled that my relationship with MOXIE has come full circle in this exciting way.”

Nicole Ries also worked with Sonnenberg in her San Diego Rep days, and returns to MOXIE as Production Manager. “MOXIE was a big part of what made my plan to start a family while still working in theatre possible,” says Ries. She started with MOXIE as a stage manager and her roles grew: “I started as Associate Production Manager in 2013 before taking the reigns July 2015 after the birth of my second daughter Rosalind. I never had to choose family or career with MOXIE.” Ries is also the resident Production Stage Manager for the Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program and the Ben Vereen Awards (Broadway/San Diego) and has stage managed extensively around San Diego.

Christine Nathanson, the new Business Manager, was an assistant stage manager for Ries in MOXIE’s JadeHeart in 2014 after interning with the company during a summer break from her theatre studies at Westmont College. She assistant directed the recent MOXIE hit The Revolutionists. A San Diego native, Nathanson won a double Santa Barbara Indy Award for her directing and acting work at Westmont.

Another former assistant director stepping in to a leadership position, Elizabeth Corrow (Trouble in Mind, The [curious case of the] Watson Intelligence, Our Lady of Kibeho) is the new Development Programs Director. Says Corrow: “I can’t wait to see where MOXIE’s energy and excellence take it in this time of increased attention to women’s rights.” Corrow grew up in Puerto Rico and came to San Diego by way of the Midwest. She has a graduate business degree from SDSU.

Nicole Cantalupo has been MOXIE’s Education Coordinator since 2015. She has utilized the Inspiring Future Leaders Grant from SDG&E to create a program that brings high school students from all over the county to MOXIE to be mentored by production team members. Additionally, Nicole is one of the founding members of MOXIE’s Bechdel Brigade.

Rounding out the returning MOXIEs are longtime company members Missy Bradstreet as Associate Production Manager and Jennifer Berry as Casting Director.

Thorn is looking forward to the future with gratitude to the past: “It’s a testament to the leadership and community support that MOXIE has had for the past 12 years, that we’ve attracted such an incredible team for this next chapter of MOXIE history. I am ready to learn from these women and honored to lead them. The new MOXIEs have a vision for the future of this organization, they see it as their own and that means my founding partners and I achieved our number one goal. We founded this company for the generations that would come after us with the clear intention of passing it to them. MOXIE’s ‘Second Generation’ is ready to build on the foundation we’ve inherited. We can’t wait for our fans to see what comes next.”



Jennifer Eve Thorn, Executive Artistic Director

Nicole Ries, Production Manager

Christine Nathanson, Business Manager

Callie Prendiville, Associate Artistic Director

Elizabeth Corrow, Development Programs Director

Missy Bradstreet, Assoc. Production Manager

Jennifer Berry, Casting Director

Nicole Cantalupo, Education Coordinator

Up Next at MOXIE:

IRONBOUND by Martyna Mayok

directed by Jennifer Eve Thorn
Sep 17 – Oct 22 / Opening Night: Sep 23
Thur @ 7pm, Fri & Sat @8pm & Sun @2pm


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About the Play

At a bus stop in a run-down New Jersey town, Darja, a Polish immigrant cleaning lady, is done talking about feelings; it’s time to talk money. Spanning over 20 years, three relationships, and three presidents, Darja negotiates for her future. A darkly funny, heartbreaking portrait of a woman for whom love is a luxury–and a liability–as she fights to survive in America.


Location: MOXIE Theatre
6663 El Cajon Blvd Suite N
San Diego CA 92115

Ticket Pricing:
Opening Night-$40
General Admission-$30
*Please note there is a $3 handling fee for each ticket purchased. This fee is waived for groups of 10 or more and for Subscribers.

Group Rates and Discounts:
Groups of 10 or more -$20
Groups of 15 or more -$15
Seniors, Students and Military- $5 off General Admission


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