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Written by Raquel Almazán
Directed by Estefanía Fadul
Produced by The La Paloma Prisoner Project in association with La Lucha Arts
A New Georges supported production


April 19, 2020—May 9, 2020

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LA PALOMA PRISONER is a multi-disciplinary play about the reclamation of identity by women in the Colombian prison system. Based on the true story of a group of incarcerated women selected as beauty queen contestants at the Buen Pastor prison in Bogotá, this new play interweaves the ritualistic journey of a “parade of prisoners” within Colombia’s social, political, and spiritual history. The play centers on an infamous woman nicknamed “La Paloma” who transcendentally soars beyond physical and societal barriers to avenge the raped women of Bogotá. Her actions revolutionize the women’s lives, Bogotá’s prison society, and the world beyond its walls.

This play was developed alongside and will continue a community engagement program of panels, workshops, staged readings, and community partnerships with organizations dedicated to serving people impacted by the criminal justice system.

Raquel Almazán / Writer

RAQUEL ALMAZÁN interdisciplinary artist, facilitator and activist. (B.F.A. – Theatre, U of F. /M.F.A. – Playwriting, Columbia University). Her eclectic career spans original multi-media solo performances, playwriting, devising and dramaturgy.

She is a practitioner of Butoh Dance and creator/teacher of arts programs for youth/adults, focusing on social justice. Her work has been featured in New York City- including Off-Broadway, throughout the United States and internationally in Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala and Sweden; including several of her plays within the (Latin is America play cycle) writing bi-lingual plays in dedication to each Latin American country. Professional Development residencies with Eugene O’Neill Center Playwrights Conference and The Playwrights’ Center. Recipient of Kennedy Center’s Latinidad Award, NALAC Award and the Kate Neal Kinley Playwriting Fellowship and the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Playwriting Prize.

Selected plays include: La Paloma Prisoner (NYTW, workshop: The Signature Theatre, La Mama, The Lark table read, INTAR and Labyrinth Theatre Company, Womens Playwriting International Conference- Stockholm). La Migra Taco Truck (off broadway Theatre Row). Porning the Planet (Dixon Place). Does That Feel Good to you My Lark? (Reading- Bushwick Starr, New Georges) LA NEGRA (Classical Theatre of Harlem, Iati Theatre ) CAFÉ (Workshop- Columbia University, Readings -Sol Project, Kennedy Center) The Hopefulness (Reading-Theatre Row Reading-Rising Circle Theatre Company. Artistic Director of La Lucha Arts dedicated to producing her new works. Member of The Dramatists Guild and League of Professional Theatre Women and SAG-AFTRA.

Estefanía Fadul / Director

ESTEFANÍA FADUL is a Colombian-born, NH-raised, NYC-based stage director and producer. Recent directing includes Azul by Christina Quintana (Southern Rep, world premiere), Scissoring by Christina Quintana (INTAR, world premiere), The Same Day by Stefan Ivanov (Sfumato Theatre, Bulgaria, world premiere), Pranayama by James Anthony Tyler (Juilliard), Agent 355 by Preston Max Allen and Jessica Kahkoska (Musical Theatre Factory, upcoming Chautauqua Theatre Company), and así van los fantasmas de méxico by Matthew Paul Olmos (Repertorio Español). She has developed new work off-Broadway and regionally at The Playwrights’ Realm, The Drama League, Artists Repertory Theatre, Milagro, New Dramatists, LPAC, and Hi-Arts, among others. Estefanía is an alumna of the National Directors Fellowship at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center/NNPN, the Drama League Directors Project, the Foeller Fellowship at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Civilians’ R&D Group, and the Van Lier Fellowship at Repertorio Español. She is a member of the New Georges Jam, the Latinx Theatre Commons steering committee, the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and SDC.