Feb 9, 2023
200 North Riverside Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242
By Marisela Treviño Orta
Directed by Natalie Villamonte Zito
Feb. 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11 at 8 p.m.
Feb. 5 at 2 p.m.
David Thayer Theatre, UI Theatre Building
In the Mexican border city of Juárez, Alma has newly arrived to take a job in an American-owned factory in order to help her family survive by sending money back to her parents and helping to provide for her brother and pregnant sister-in-law. At 16 years old, Alma is shocked by the dangers of the city—the femicides and disappearances—lurking outside the factory’s walls, until she is visited by La Llorona. In Marisela Treviño Orta’s (MFA '18) poetic Braided Sorrow, Alma is set on a treacherous journey calling on her bravery to end the unnatural nightmares of Juárez.
Please be advised that this performance includes the use of theatrical fog/haze, explicit language, staged violence and sexual assault, and references to violence against women.
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