Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester, will continue its “The Hornets’ Nest” series with “Just Like Us” by Karen Zacarias at 7 p.m. on Jan. 29.
The series features script-in-hand readings with professional actors and directors that investigate the challenging and controversial ethical dilemmas of today. After the reading, audience members engage in open discussion with figures from Greater Rochester. “The Hornets’ Nest” was established in 2007.
“Just Like Us” follows four Latina teenage girls in Denver: two are documented and two are not. Their friendships will start to unravel when immigration status dictates the girls’ opportunities, or lack of, during the documentary-style play. When a political firestorm arises, each girl’s future will become increasingly complicated.
Zacarias’ award-winning plays include “The Book Club Play,” “Legacy of Light,” “Mariela in the Desert,” “The Sins of Sor Juana” and the adaptation of Julia Alvarez’s “How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents.” She writes musicals for young audiences with composer Debbie Wicks la Puma, including “Jane of the Jungle,” “Einstein is a Dummy,” “Looking for Roberto Clemente,” “Cinderella Eats Rice and Beans,” “Ferdinand the Bull” and “Frida Libre.”
She is the first playwright-in-residence at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and taught playwriting at Georgetown University. She founded Young Playwrights’ Theater. Its playwriting curriculum is used in public schools in D.C., Virginia, Maryland, New Orleans, Detroit and Texas, and is published on Amazon as “Write to Dream.”
Audience members will have the opportunity to discuss questions posed by the play — How do young people envision a future? What makes one person “American” and another person “illegal”? — with a panel of community members brought together for this event.
Tickets are free and limited to two per person. Reservations are recommended. Unclaimed tickets will be released at 6:45 p.m. before the show.
“Just Like Us” deals with adult subject matter. The series will continue on April 9 with “Buyer Beware” by Michael Weller.
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