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In a double-wide trailer in Texas, the oldest daughter of a tight knit-Mexican family is caught in the role of care-taker for everyone. Will she take a step towards freedom?
Marisela Treviño Orta’s new play, Shoe, examines the family dynamics and gender roles within a dysfunctional Mexican American family led by a matriarch who manipulates her grown children to remain under her roof as a way to deal with the enormous grief created when her spouse abandoned her and her children twelve years ago.
Drawing inspiration from the nursery rhyme “There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe,” the play creates an atmosphere of confinement and constriction as the protagonist yearns for a life outside of the family’s double-wide trailer in Texas.
The full cast of Shoe performed a live reading on November 15. Did you miss the performance or perhaps you’d like to see it again? You can now stream the reading on-demand through January 22.
Christian Zumbado is a graduate of Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and is a current senior at Cornish College of the Arts. Some roles include Macbeth, The Boatman in Shakepeare in Love, Larry in Company, Rick Coca in Sonnets for an Old Century by Jose Rivera. Christian is a proud member of the YHT cohort, bringing stories to life that need to be shared with the community.
Elyse Fisher is a Cuban American actress originally from Miami, Florida. After her Undergraduate degree, she moved to New York City, did some Acting, and became a Laser Esthetician. After her Masters degree, she moved to Chicago to work with NV Talent doing voiceover, television, and theater. Some of her favorite roles include Lady Croom in Arcadia, Georgie in Spike Heels, and Greer in Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England. Currently, she is residing in Philadelphia hoping to focus on theater. Aside from theater Elyse enjoys nature, food, music, dogs, and basketball.
Sofía Raquel Sánchez, They/Them, is a New York based actor, playwright, and teaching artist with a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts. They believe in developing and fostering work that raises up multigenerational voices from marginalized communities. Their work includes: Copious Love’s I Think I Love You- (playwright,) Village KIDSTAGE’s Out of Bounds (playwriting mentor,) Washington Ensemble Theater’s Dance Nation (Amina,) Copious Love’s Querida Familia: A Fundraiser for El Paso (producer,) The Scratch’s New Work Series’ Rushing (Alex,) Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Romeo and Juliet (Romeo,) Seattle Children’s Theater’s Ghosted (Kayla & teaching artist,) and Strawberry Theater Workshops’ Lydia (Ceci.)
Anabel Hovig is a Seattle area actor and has worked with various companies in the Seattle area such as Forward Flux, Parley, Freehold Theatre, Ghost light Theatrics, Eclectic Theatre and more. She was last seen at Parley’s staged reading of Familiar Kill as Ruby and Theatre Battery’s Production of #Alma (or no wall) in the role of Alma. Anabel studied Theatre and education at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. After graduating, she joined The Hartford Theatre ensemble before moving to India and later Seattle. She is honored to be working with Ese Teatro and Act lab series.
Myles Romo is a California native. In 2018, he moved to Seattle to attend Cornish College of the Arts. In 2020, he earned his BFA as an actor, writer, and director. He has played various roles such as Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Sonny (In The Heights), and much more. Be on the lookout for his new play “O Street” coming soon. Young Hot Thespian is The Regime, The Takeover is Now.
Marisela Treviño Orta is a graduate of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center, and under commission by Audible. Her awards include the 2006 Chicano/Latino Literary Prize in Drama, 2009 Pen Center USA Literary Award in Drama, 2013 National Latino Playwriting Award, and 2019 Kendeda Finalist. Her plays have been presented at Arizona Theatre Company, Brava Theater, Halcyon Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theater, Milagro, Nashville Children’s Theatre, New Jersey Repertory Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Shotgun Players. Her produced plays include A Place to Belong, Braided Sorrow, Ghost Limb, Heart Shaped Nebula, Somewhere, Return to Sender, The River Bride, Wolf at the Door, and Woman on Fire.