Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Latina Dance Theater Project presents 'JAGUAR!'


From: Dawn Sellers [mailto:jaguarplayaz@gmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 5:01 PM
Subject: Latina Dance Theater Project presents 'JAGUAR!'


F O R   I M M E D I A T E   R E L E A S E :

Latina Dance Theater Project Presents

J A G U A R !

A World Premiere play by Dawn Costello Sellers

Directed by Eva Tessler and featuring Tenoch Gomez, Christopher Johnson, Avis Judd, Anjelica Mendibles, Yvonne Montoya, Sherry Mulholland,

Milta Ortiz and Brian Taraz


Maya is a young girl who grabs at everything she sees – lizards, fish and Pygmy owls – but what she really dreams of catching is a JAGUAR! As The Moon struggles to show her the importance of leaving what's wild well enough alone, Macho, a jaguar, roams the Arizona/Mexico border with his pack of playful coati. When Maya's obsession aligns her with biologists driven to find a jaguar at all costs, tempers rise and ambition takes science over an ethical cliff. Maya must look deep within to find a way to protect what's wild without crushing it in her grasp. Inspired by the untimely death of Macho B in 2009, at that time, Arizona's last known jaguar.


A portion of the proceeds from opening night will benefit Sky Island Alliance.

The playwright and a wildlife biologist will be present after the opening night performance for a discussion with the audience.

Performances of JAGUAR! are suitable for ages 9+


Previewing Friday, September 5 at 7:30 PM

and Opening Saturday, September 6 at 7:30 PM

Regular performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM

and Sundays at 2:00 PM through September 21, 2014

Zuzi's Theatre at The Historic Y, 738 N. 5th Avenue

Tickets $20 General Admission, $15 Preview

For reservations call (520) 237-0926

or for more information visit www.jaguarplay.com


Latina Dance Theater Project (previously based in Los Angeles and now operating in Tucson) is a collaborative ensemble of multidisciplinary artists who explore through performances – physical, musical, and visual – controversial issues impacting the global community. The Latina Dance Theater 'Projects' bring different collaborators together to create performance experiences, forming a new aesthetic in dance-theater reflective of the diverse Latin culture of today. In creating a platform for the diverse, rich voice of Latina culture, the Latina Dance Theater Project creates and presents hybrid performances, accepts multidisciplinary commissions, conducts education-based residencies, community outreach, research, scholarship and produces literary publications.


Dawn Costello Sellers (Playwright) received an MFA in dramatic writing from Carnegie Mellon University.  Her screenplay, Butterfly Found, won the Arthur Sloan Foundation Screenwriting Award and the Santa Fe Screenwriter's Conference Award. How Women Outrun the Wolves was a finalist in New York's Hanager Theatre Workshop. Her plays have been produced by This Side Up Productions, Arizona Onstage Productions, Beowulf Alley Theatre, Live Theatre Workshop's Etcetera and Arizona Women's Theatre. To Catch A Jaguar received a staged reading by Winding Road Theater Ensemble in August, 2013. She is listed on nytheatre.com, which features emerging women playwrights.


Eva Tessler (Direction) is a native of Mexico City. She holds an MFA in Theatre Arts and an MA in Anthropology from the University of Arizona. During the 80's Tessler danced, acted, choreographed and taught in Brazil at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in São Paulo. Coming to Tucson in 1989, Tessler has choreographed modern dance and dance theater works through the Zenith Dance Collective / Body Prints Theatre. Tessler is Artistic Associate of Borderlands Theater where she choreographs, acts and directs. She was a co-founding member of the Latina Dance Project in 2002.


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