Sun, Mar 29 | Metropolitan Arts

THE WOMAN WHOSE NAME REMAINS UNKNOWN by Monica Bauer & “WHY STAY?” by Victoria Esposito

Join us for this free public reading of two new plays by Arizona playwrights.
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THE WOMAN WHOSE NAME REMAINS UNKNOWN by Monica Bauer & “WHY STAY?” by Victoria Esposito

Time & Location

Mar 29, 2020, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Metropolitan Arts, 1700 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007, USA

About the Event

Now & Then Creative Company performs in the theatre at Metropolitan Arts Institute, 1700 N. 7th. Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85007. Parking is available on the lower level of the building. For the entrance to the theatre, travel up the stairwell to the first floor in the middle of the parking lot (this stairwell has a Scorpius Dance banner on it) and follow the signage to the theatre. Elevator access is available in the parking lot, toward the north entrance.

THE WOMAN WHOSE NAME REMAINS UNKNOWN was inspired by the creation of a real sculpture of an undocumented Guatemalan refugee in Tucson in 1984. An extraordinary sculptor meets an extraordinary partner in the creation of a powerful work of art. A young Guatemalan refugee is chosen to be the model for a famous sculptor whose work will be auctioned off to raise money for more refugee work. They have only a few days to work before she must be moved on to the next sanctuary, where she will be safe from deportation. But the young woman is reluctant to talk to a stranger, and the sculptor is unable to bring the statue fully to life without knowing the story this sculpture should tell. As the model learns to trust, the sculptor learns to get out of her way, and they create, as collaborators, a moving work of art made from the woman's struggle for survival. Commissioned by Marianna Neil and Marge Pellegrino, the women who wrote "The Sculpture Speaks; a Refugee's Story of Survival," from which this play takes some details and inspiration.

“WHY STAY?” tells the story of an abusive relationship—exploring the dynamics and personal relationships that seemingly impact and blur the lines of logic. Told in reverse chronological order—and linked through a music box—the play focuses on a young woman named Sarah, her abuser Jake, and his family.

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