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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Presents a Clever New Comedy “Native Gardens”

Aug 10, 2018
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its 2018/19 season with “Native Gardens,” a cutting-edge suburban comedy from America’s hottest new playwright and National Latino Playwriting Award winner, Karen Zacarías. When an up-and-coming Latino couple purchases a home in a sought-after neighborhood beside the prize-winning garden of a prominent Washington D.C. family, conflicts over fences and flora spiral into an uproarious clash of cultures, exposing both couples’ notions of race, taste, class, and privilege. Directed by Amy Gonzalez (Sunset and Margaritas, Anna in the Tropics), “Native Gardens” will be presented August 22 – September 16, 2018 at Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts (500 Castro Street), in Mountain View, CA.



Developed in The Old Globe’s Powers New Voices Festival, “Native Gardens” received its world premiere in 2016 at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, starring Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba. Since its world premiere, “Native Gardens” has gone on to play in many of the nation’s leading regional theatres. Critics have hailed the comedy as “a fun and furious battle of the neighbors”, and lauded its “sharp, witty writing, lots of laughs, a sense of currency and immediacy.”



Jackson Davis and Amy Resnick play Frank and Virginia Butley, a well-established D.C. couple with a prize-worthy rose garden. Davis returns to TheatreWorks where he has starred in many productions, most recently in “33 Variations.” Resnick returns to TheatreWorks, where she was last seen in “Yellow Face.”



Michael Evans Lopez and Marlene Martinez play the new neighbors—young Latinx couple Pablo and Tania Del Valle. Making his TheatreWorks debut, Evans Lopez has performed regionally with La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, Portland Center Stage, and New York Fringe, as well as acting in guest roles in Comedy Central’s “Reno 911!,” 20th Century Fox’s “America’s Most Wanted,” and NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.” Making her TheatreWorks debut, Martinez has performed in the national tour of Mamma Mia!, and at several regional theatres.



Amy Gonzalez (Director) is returning to TheatreWorks to direct Native Gardens, where she previously helmed several other productions.



With some 100,000 patrons per year, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has captured a national reputation for artistic innovation and integrity, often presenting Bay Area theatregoers with their first look at acclaimed musicals, comedies, and dramas, directed by award-winning local and guest directors, and performed by professional actors cast locally and from across the country.

For tickets and more information the public may visit TheatreWorks.org or call (650) 463-1960.

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Photo caption: (l to r): War is waged over flora and fauna when Tania (Marlene Martinez) and Pablo (Michael Evans Lopez) move in next to Frank (Jackson Davis) and Virginia (Amy Resnick) in “Native Gardens,” presented by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts August 22 to September 16, 2018. (Photo credit: Kevin Berne)


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