NATIVE GARDENSby Karen Zacarías
September 27 to October 20
by Karen Zacarías
Directed by Kelly Galvin
Karen Zacarias’ comedy follows the high-powered lawyer Pablo, and his very pregnant wife doctoral candidate Tania, who have just purchased a house next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank. Soon a disagreement between the neighbors over a longstanding fence line derails their plans of realizing the American Dream.
Native Gardens, directed by Kelly Galvin and lead by an entirely female design team, runs from September 27 through October 20. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA.
Alaina Fragoso* (Tania Del Valle) is thrilled to be making her Gloucester Stage debut! In NY, she’s originated roles in Convention (BHP, Irondale Center), Hope (a reading at Yoke Theatre Company), Murder at the Food Coop (NY Int’l Fringe Festival), No One Asked Me (NY Int’l Fringe Festival/Encores), among others. Alaina is a graduate of Emerson College and the Atlantic Acting School. She thanks Bob, Kelly, and Chris for this amazing opportunity and the familia and James for their constant love and support! www.alainafragoso.com
Eduardo Ruiz* (Pablo Del Valle) is a Puerto Rican actor, from Mayagüez. He finished his BFA in theatre arts from the University of Puerto Rico. He later pursued further education graduating from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art with an MA in Classical Acting for the Professional Theatre. Recent credits include Vivace from Aristofanes’ the Congresswomen, Claudio from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Oliver/Audrey from Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Eduardo was also recently part of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Fellowship Company. When Eduardo is not reading a new play, he is trying to learn a new language. Follow me on instagram @eduardoyamilruiz
Leigh Strimbeck* (Virginia Butley) is thrilled to be working on this play, at this time and also for the first time with Gloucester Stage Company, having grown up in nearby Marblehead and Swampscott! Most recently she appeared as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit with Voice Theatre of Woodstock, NY. Associate member of The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE); former the Artistic Director of the Theatre Institute at Sage (TIS); an artist in residence in the theater program at Russell Sage College; co-founder of WAM Theatre in The Berkshires. Regional theater acting and directing includes Barrington Public Theater; BTE; WAM; The Rep in Albany, NY; Saratoga Shakespeare; Shakespeare and Co; Berkshire Playwrights Lab and Voice Theatre. Feature films: UnCivil Liberties, Fighting for Freedom, Little BiPeep, Lifetime Movie Network’s Off the Rails, Deception, and the short film Key Transitions. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA. For reel and more info: leighstrimbeck.com
Patrick Shea* (Frank Butley) marks his first appearance at Gloucester Stage in 26 years.
Previous GSC productions are Benefactors, Wenceslas Square and The Last Yankee. After graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, he began his career in the Acting Ensemble of the New York Shakespeare Festival and subsequently in the Broadway production of Child’s Play. A veteran of Shear Madness in Boston, he also received a Dramalogue Critics Award for his performance in the Los Angeles production. He has appeared with The Huntington Theatre Company, Speakeasy Stage, New Rep, Merrimack Rep, Gloucester Stage, The Wilbur Theatre, The Nickerson Theatres and Worcester Foothills. He’s performed as an actor and narrator with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, and Boston Lyric Opera. His film credits include Wait For Laugh, Infinitely Polar Bear, Ted, The Invention of Lying, Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River, Killer Flood, and By the Sea. TV credits include Frontline, Brotherhood, Spencer: For Hire, The Late Show with David Letterman, Unsolved Mysteries, Cheers!, Against the Law.
*Member of Actors Equity Association (AEA)
Kelly Galvin (Director) is the founder of the rig, a project that brings live performance to audiences with limited access to professional theater. She is a company member with Shakespeare & Company where she has directed The Taming of the Shrew, Love’s Labor’s Lost, and The Clean House (reading), and serves on the faculty of the Young Company Summer Conservatory. She previously served as Artistic Associate for WAM Theatre, where she has directed The Last Wife and readings of The Virgin Trial, The Tall Girls, and Blue Stockings. Regionally, she has directed for Southwest Shakespeare, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Berkshire Playwrights’ Lab, and The Theater at Woodshill. She has assisted for the Guthrie, Asolo Rep, Orlando Shakespeare, and Shakespeare & Company. Kelly received a 2018 Directing Fellowship at Asolo Rep and has completed Directing Internships with Arena Stage and the Huntington Theatre Company. She holds an MFA from Boston University and a BA from Wellesley College. kellydirecting.com
Karen Zacarías (Playwright) is one of the most produced playwrights in the nation. She is one of the inaugural Resident Playwrights at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, and is a core founder of the LATINX THEATRE COMMONS. She is the founder of Young Playwrights’ Theater, an award winning theater company that teaches playwriting in local public schools in Washington, DC. Karen lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and three children.
Madison Cook-Hines (Assistant Director, Apprentice)
Jessica Brennan (Assistant Stage Manager, Apprentice)
Lindsay Fuori (Scenic Design)
Marcella Barbeau (Lighting Design)
Chelsea Kerl (Costume Design)
Emme Shaw (Props Design)
Alexis Rappaport (Sound Design)
Native Gardens is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.