Thistle

About the Play

Thistle is the second Central American play. Based closely on the testimony of Rufina Amaya Marquez, the piece details the annihilation of the town of El Mozote, in El Salvador, in 1980, at the had of US trained and supported troops. Rufina, in hiding, witnessed the destruction of her family, and escaped – by miracle. She lived for many years after, believing she had been spared for the express purpose of witnessing to the crimes. The nakedness of the historical record is in balance with an interdisciplinary approach to story telling – featuring abundant music and dance.

Director: Tom Dugdale

 

Workshop Director: Carrie Klewin, 3rd Space Theatre Collective

Reading: October 4, 2010
Location: Social Issues Conference, “Artists Igniting Social Change” at the University of San Diego
Workshop Performance: January
Workshop Peformance: May 3, 2011 at 7:00pm

Location: California State University San Marcos (CSUSM)

Workshop Cast(in order of appearance)

Girl……………………Erika Beth Phillips
Broadcaster……………………Judy Bauerlein
Rufina 1……………………Soroya Rowley
Rufina 2……………………Veronica Burgess
Rufina 3……………………Pauline Rulla
Puppets by…………………… San Diego Guild of Puppetry’s Mindy Donner & Lynne Jennings
Music by…………………… Soroya Rowley with contribution by Erika Beth Phillips
Stage Manager…………………… Katie Brost

Panel discussion to follow the performance led by Dr. Cynthia Chavez-Metoyer


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