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I enjoy finding out about new cultural writers, that is, new to me, however experienced writers that have been enjoying success in their craft. Here’s an example, Sententia Vera’s featured playwright, Karen Zacarías, is a native of México and resident of Washington DC. Karen is a diverse woman, experiencing motherhood and developing her creativity as a professional playwright. She has “emerged as one of Washington’s most successful and prolific playwrights,” states Ellen McCarthy of the Washington Post. I’m happy to have found out about her and delighted to share her work with Sententia Vera’s readers.

About Karen Zacarías (from the Department of Performing Arts at Georgetown University)

Karen Zacarías’ plays have been produced throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. Recent productions include The Book Club Play and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents at Roundhouse Theatre and Legacy of Light at Arena Stage. Her play The Sins of Sor Juana was the winner of the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play at the 2000 Helen Hayes Awards, and the 1998 National Hispanic Playwrights’ Project at South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, Calif.). She is also winner of the 1998 D.C. Mayor’s Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist and a finalist at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference and the Jane Chambers National Women’s Playwrights’ Competition.

Among her other produced plays are The Bare-chested Man, Blue Buick in My Driveway and A Rope Through the Fixture. Her plays for young people include the long-running hit The Magical Piñata, Choosing Nine, The 13th Summer of William and Pilar and a new adaptation of Ferdinand the Bull. She has had commissions from Woolly Mammoth Theatre, South Coast Repertory and Imagination Stage. Zacarias is the founder of Young Playwrights’ Theater, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering literacy, dialogue and conflict resolution through playwriting in inner-city schools. She earned a master’s in playwriting from Boston University studying with Nobel laureates Derek Walcott and Elie Wiesel. Born in Mexico, she currently lives with her husband, Rett, in Washington, D.C., and Oaxaca, Mexico.

Dulce Offer from Reading Group Choices

Planning on being in the Washington, D.C. area next month?  If not, you and your book group may want to make plans, because Arena Stage is presenting The Book Club Play, by resident playwright Karen Zacarías (Legacy of Light) and directed by Molly Smith, from October 7th to November 6th in the Kogod Cradle. 

As an added bonus, Reading Group Choices subscribers will receive 20% off their tickets!  And Arena Stage will host your next book club in one of Arena Stage’s spectacular spaces or intimate studies when you reserve group tickets to see the play! Tickets start at $40 – to order yours, please eMail or call (202) 488-4380 and use Offer Code 1703.

Spend time with Ana, a Type A personality living in a letter-perfect world with an adoring husband, perfect job and her greatest passion: Book Club. But when bizarre circumstances put her life under a magnifying glass, things begin to heat up and more truths are told than anyone bargained for. TalkinBroadway.com calls this production about life, love and literature “delightful, fresh comedy!”