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Native Gardens

By Karen Zacarías
Directed by Blake Robison
Co-Production with Guthrie Theater

September 15 — October 22, 2017
Kreeger Theater

Good fences make good neighbors … right? From the outrageous mind of playwright Karen Zacarías (Destiny of Desire) comes this hot new comedy about the clash of class and culture that pushes well-meaning neighbors over the edge. Tania, a very pregnant Ph.D. candidate, and Pablo, her rising attorney husband, move next door to Virginia and Frank, a deep-rooted D.C. couple with an impeccably trimmed backyard. But when a questionable fence line puts a prize-worthy garden in jeopardy, neighborly rivalry escalates into an all-out border dispute, challenging everyone’s notions of race, privilege and where to draw the line on good taste.


Coming soon.


KAREN ZACARÍAS (Playwright) was recently hailed by American Theater magazine as one of the most produced playwrights in the U.S.A. Her Arena Stage world premieres include Legacy of Light, The Book Club Play and Destiny of Desire. Other plays include Mariela in the Desert, The Sins of Sor Juana, adaptations of Just Like Us, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent, Into the Beautiful North, Oliverio: A Brazilian Twist, Ella Enchanted: The Musical and others. She collaborated on the libretto for Sleepy Hollow and Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises for the Washington Ballet and has written 10 TYA musicals with composer Deborah Wicks La Puma. Karen is one of the inaugural resident playwrights at Arena Stage, a core founder of the Latino Theatre Commons and founder of Young Playwrights’ Theater.

BLAKE ROBISON (Director) is Artistic Director of Cincinnati Playhouse, one of the largest regional theaters in the Midwest, where he directed the world premiere of Native Gardens last season. He is thrilled to continue his collaboration with Karen Zacarías, having produced the world premiere of her hit comedy The Book Club Play and directed her adaptation of Julia Alvarez’s How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents at Round House Theatre, where he served as producing artistic director from 2005-2012. Other credits include productions at The Guthrie, Milwaukee Repertory, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Folger Theatre, PlayMakers Repertory Company and Vermont Stage. As an adaptor, he created successful stage productions of Jay Parini’s The Last Station and Alice McDermott’s Charming Billy.


Post-Show Discussions

September 27, 2017 – 12:00 p.m.
October 3, 2017 – 12:00 p.m.
October 10, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.
October 11, 2017 – 12:00 p.m.
October 12, 2017 – 8:00 p.m.


Audio Described

October 7, 2017 – 2:00 p.m.

Open Captioned

October 18, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.
October 19, 2017 – 7:30 p.m.
October 21, 2017 – 2:00 p.m.


Native Gardens