By Luis Alfaro
Directed by Laurie Woolery
Medea, a Mexican seamstress of extraordinary skill, barely survived the perilous border crossing into the United States and lives uneasily in a borrowed Los Angeles house with her husband Hason and their young son Acan: the tension between their traditional values and assimilation is a matter of life and death. Blending wry humor, tragedy, and mysticism, Mojada unleashes the power of Euripides’ ancient tale through an unforgettable story of an undocumented family caught in the grip of the American immigration system.
This production is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles is Yale Rep’s 2022-23 WILL POWER! production. Yale Rep’s annual education initiative includes three morning matinee performances of Mojada for high school students from New Haven Public Schools, entirely free of charge. For more information on the program, please contact Senior Artistic Producer Amy Boratko at email@example.com.
WILL POWER! is supported by Esme Usdan and the NewAlliance Foundation.
This play includes themes related to the trauma of crossing the Mexico-United States border and the difficulties that migrants face to establish themselves and to assimilate in U.S. society.
The play contains descriptions of sexual assault; depictions of and descriptions of violence, both in the context of an intimate partner relationship and against a child; profanity and racial slurs in both English and Spanish; sexual situations; and sexual innuendo.
Meet the Artists
Luis Alfaro is a Chicano playwright born and raised in downtown Los Angeles. He is also an Associate Professor at University of Southern California. He has received fellowships from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; United States Artists; Ford Foundation Art of Change; Joyce Foundation; Mellon Foundation and is the recipient of the PEN America/Laura Pels International Foundation Theater Award for a Master Dramatist. He was the inaugural Playwright-in-Residence for six seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (2013-2019); Playwright’s Ensemble at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theatre (2013-2020); Inaugural Latinx Playwrights at the Los Angeles Theatre Center (2021); and Ojai Playwrights Conference member since 2002. His plays include Electricidad, Oedipus El Rey, and Mojada and have been seen at regional theaters throughout the United States and Europe. Luis spent two decades in the Los Angeles Poetry and Performance Art communities.
Laurie Woolery she/her/ella is an OBIE Award-winning director, playwright, community activist, and citizen artist, who has worked at theaters across the country including The Public Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New York City Center/Encores! Off Center, Trinity Repertory, Goodman Theatre, Kennedy Center, Cornerstone Theater Company, South Coast Repertory, and Yale Rep, where she has directed Manahatta, El Huracán, and Imogen Says Nothing. She is the Director of Public Works at The Public Theater, where her musical adaptation of As You Like It was named among “The Best Theater of 2017” by The New York Times and returned last summer to Free Shakespeare in the Park. Laurie also directed the rolling world premiere of Eliana Pipes’s Dream Hou$e at the Alliance Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, and Baltimore Center Stage. She produced the documentary Under the Greenwood Tree and curated the national public art project The Seed Project. Laurie has developed new work with diverse communities ranging from incarcerated women to residents of a Kansas town devastated by a tornado. She creates site-specific work that ranges from a working sawmill in Eureka to the banks of the Los Angeles River. Laurie is a founding member of The Sol Project and a proud recipient of the Fuller Road Fellowship for Women Directors of Color. Laurie is a 2020 United States Artist recipient, 2021 Americans for the Arts Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities and the 2022 Person of the Year Award for the National Theatre Conference. Laurie is a Beinecke Fellow at David Geffen School of Drama this spring. www.lauriewoolery.com
Marcelo Martínez García
Marcelo Martínez García
Marcelo Martínez García he/him/él is a proud Mexican scenic designer and architect. His recent credits include Love’s Labor’s Lost and Bodas de sangre (David Geffen School of Drama); BURNBABYBURN: an american dream (Yale Summer Cabaret); L’Orfeo (Yale Baroque Opera); Dragaret ’22, Radiant Vermin, Let’s Go to the Moon, and littleboy/littleman (Yale Cabaret). Marcelo holds a degree in architecture from ITESM MTY, a specialization in scenic design from CENTRO CDMX, and is currently in his final year pursuing an M.F.A. in theater design at the Geffen School. Upcoming works include Torera (Alley Theater, Houston) and La Doriclea (Yale Baroque Opera). More at marcelomg.com | @marcelomgdesigns
Kitty Cassetti she/her/hers is a fourth-year M.F.A. candidate at David Geffen School of Drama, where her credits include Romeo and Juliet and Manning. Costume design credits include BURNBABYBURN: an american dream (Yale Summer Cabaret); In Between Bitches, Maggie and Iris (Yale Cabaret); and To Be Swallowed Whole (Hampshire College Productions). Assistant design credits include The Notebook: A New Musical (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Celebrating the Black Radical Imagination: Nine Solo Shows (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Endlings (ART); Alice and Mr. Burns, a post-electric Play (David Geffen School of Drama). Kitty holds a B.A. from Hampshire College.
Krystal Balleza – Opera: Opera Theatre of St. Louis 2023 Season. Off-Broadway: At the Wedding (Lincoln Center); Americano! (New World Stages); Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Candida (Gingold Group). Regional: Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles (Yale Rep), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Barrington Stage Company), and Angels in America, Part One (Arena Stage). Krystal is the Hair and Makeup Department Head at SIX: The Musical on Broadway. Krystal holds a B.F.A. in wig and makeup design from Webster Conservatory and is co-owner of The Wig Associates with her design partner, Will Vicari. wigassociates.com 956 por vida
Stephen Strawbridge has designed more than 200 productions on and off Broadway and at most leading regional theaters and opera houses across the U.S. Internationally he has helped create major premieres in Bergen, Copenhagen, The Hague, Hong Kong, Linz, Lisbon, Munich, Naples, São Paulo, Stockholm, Stratford-Upon-Avon (for the Royal Shakespeare Company), Wrocław, and Vienna. Artistic collaborators have included such notable directors and choreographers as Robert Brustein, James Bundy, Martha Clarke, Graciela Daniele, Barry Edelstein, Richard Foreman, Athol Fugard, Loretta Greco, Mark Lamos, Emily Mann, Kathleen Marshall, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Diane Paulus, Erica Schmidt, Bartlett Sher, Rebecca Taichman, John Tillinger, Robert Wilson, Mark Wing-Davey, and Robert Woodruff. He has numerous pieces in the repertories of Pilobolus Dance Theatre and Alison Chase/Performance. Recent credits include King Lear with Joe Morton at Wallis Annenberg Center in Los Angeles and Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Old Globe in San Diego. He has been recognized with numerous awards and nominations including the American Theatre Wing, Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Connecticut Critics Circle, Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum, Drama Desk, Helen Hayes, Henry Hewes Design, and Lucille Lortel. He is head of the lighting design concentration at David Geffen School of Drama and Lighting Advisor for Yale Rep.
Bryn Scharenberg is a fourth-year M.F.A. candidate in sound design. She grew up in Seattle, where the sound of rain is near-constant. The damp and the dark are a core themes in her designs, as well as an earnest love for the melodramatic. She received a B.S. in music and technology from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and her professional credits include a mix of designing, assistant designing, and engineering for Pittsburgh Musical Theater, Front Porch Theatricals, David Geffen School of Drama, and Yale Cabaret, among others. Brynscharenberg.org
Shawn Lovell-Boyle has designed projections for theater, dance, music, installation, and themed entertainment across the United States and internationally. Organizations include Atlantic Theater Company, Tulsa Ballet, Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, Denver Center, Lagoon Park, the Alliance Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House, Berkshire Theater Group, Cork Opera House, and Ogunquit Playhouse. Broadway: Paradise Square. Previous credits with Yale Repertory Theatre: peerless and Elevada (Connecticut Critics Circle Award). Shawn is a member of United Scenic Artists I.A.T.S.E. Local 829 Projection & Lighting. B.F.A.: Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts; M.F.A., David Geffen School of Drama where he is also a faculty member. ShawnBoyleDesign.com
Sebastián Eddowes-Vargas he/him/él is a Peruvian theater artist and researcher, who focuses on queer stories and how these are shaped by the colonial histories of the Americas. He is author of several award-winning plays, including El Rancho De Los Niños Perdidos, Una Historia De (Poli)Amor, Debut (with Caro Black Tam), Nunca Estaremos En Broadway (with Rodrigo Yllaric), Hasta Que Choque El Hueso (with Mario Zanatta), and Can The Peruvian Speak? As dramaturg, he worked on Expats Anonymous by Rachel Chin, directed by Alex Keegan (Yale Cabaret); Exposed by Laura Goodenow (Real Women Make Waves); and Between Two Knees by The 1491s, directed by Eric Ting (Yale Repertory Theatre). He is currently an M.F.A. candidate at David Geffen School of Drama.
Nicholas Orvis he/him is a dramaturg, critic, and director in his final year at David Geffen School of Drama. His work at Yale includes Green Suga Bloos and Almost (Nearly) Fucking Finally (Geffen School); Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Yale Repertory Theatre); The Hedgehog’s Dilemma (Yale Cabaret); and the father, the son, and the holy spirit (Yale Summer Cabaret). Prior to beginning at the Geffen School, Nick was the Literary Associate for Premiere Stages at Kean University, where he helped develop new plays by writers including Deborah Brevoort, Nicole Pandolfo, Keith Josef Adkins, and Tammy Ryan. Nick is a former managing editor of Theater magazine and a co-creator and producer of the ongoing Dungeons + Drama Nerds, a podcast exploring the intersections between theater and tabletop roleplaying games.
Andrew Riedemann is a fourth-year M.F.A. candidate at David Geffen School of Drama. He has served as assistant technical director for Next to Normal at the Geffen School, as well as for Choir Boy and Manahatta at Yale Rep. Prior to the Geffen School, Andrew was the Technical Instructor of the Scene Shop at New York University in Abu Dhabi for four years. He would like to thank the technical direction team and the Geffen School staff for all the work that has been put into this show. Andrew would also like to thank his parents and his partner Mia for all their love and support.
Cynthia Santos DeCure
Vocal and Dialect Coach
Cynthia Santos DeCure
Cynthia Santos DeCure she/her/ella is an actor, voice, and dialect coach. She is an Associate Professor of Acting at David Geffen School of Drama, certified in both Knight-Thompson Speechwork® and as Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, specializing in accents, dialects, and culturally inclusive pedagogies. Some dialect credits: Laughs in Spanish (Denver Center); Queen of Basel (TheaterWorks Hartford); Cymbeline (New York Classical Theatre); Quixote Nuevo (Denver Center, Round House Theatre); Scenes with Cranes (REDCAT); Today is My Birthday, El Huracán (Yale Rep); In the Heights (Phoenix Theater, Chance Theater); The Long Road Today (South Coast Rep); Orange is the New Black (Netflix); and The Affair (Showtime). Member of SAG/AFTRA, AEA. She is co-editor, Scenes for Latinx Actors, and Latinx Actor Training (Routledge 2023).
Fight and Intimacy Director
Kelsey Rainwater is an intimacy coach, fight director, and actress based out of the ancestral lands of the Quinnipiac people. Kelsey’s most recent work was seen in the premiere of Sally and Tom at The Guthrie. Some of her other credits include In the Southern Breeze at Rattlestick, The Public Theater’s Measure for Measure and White Noise by Suzan-Lori Parks, directed by Oskar Eustis; A Raisin in the Sun (canceled due to COVID), Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles at Yale Rep; Blues for An Alabama Sky with the Keen Company; and Bess Wohl’s film, Baby Ruby. She is a Lecturer in Acting at David Geffen School of Drama, co-teaching stage combat and intimacy, and is a Resident Fight and Intimacy Director for Yale Rep.
Calleri Jensen Davis
Calleri Jensen Davis
Calleri Jensen Davis is a creative casting partnership among James Calleri, Erica Jensen, and Paul Davis of over 20 years. They began their collaboration with Yale Rep earlier this season with Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles. Broadway credits: The Piano Lesson, Topdog/Underdog, for colored girls…, Thoughts of a Colored Man, Burn This, Fool for Love, The Elephant Man, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Of Mice and Men, Venus in Fur, A Raisin in the Sun, 33 Variations. Television: Love Life, Queens, Dickinson, and The Path, to name a few. callerijensendavis.com
Aisling Galvin is a fourth-year M.F.A. candidate at David Geffen School of Drama. Previous credits include Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Yale Rep and Affinity at the Geffen School.
Assistant Stage Manager
Ellora Venkat is a stage manager from Los Angeles, California. She is a first-year M.F.A. candidate at David Geffen School of Drama, where her credits include Marys Seacole and the Langston Hughes Festival show, Esme. She recently received her B.A. in theater production and design at Pepperdine University. She has a love for original works which extends to production managing Americana: A Murder Ballad at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Elsewhere the musical by Lexi Weakley. Ellora is eternally grateful to Ais for imparting wisdom and joy in this process.
Romar Fernandez is an energetic and dedicated 10-year-old young man. His passion for acting began three years ago. Romar’s most recent project was playing “Young Mondo” in the upcoming comedy series Primo, premiering May 2023. Romar is very excited to be working on this project at Yale Repertory Theatre. His goals as a young actor consist of starring in a major motion picture and working as a network series regular. The sky’s the limit for Romar!
Alejandro Hernández is a Nuyorican actor based in NYC. Theater: Between Riverside and Crazy (Pittsburgh Public Theater); Peter and the Starcatcher, Wondrous Strange (Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival); The First Immigrant, Orpheus in the Berkshires (Williamstown Theatre Festival); El Hurácan (workshop) at MCC. Television/film: The Horror of Dolores Roach (Amazon Prime Video, summer 2023); New Amsterdam, Law & Order: SVU (NBC); Partner Track, Set It Up, Monster (Netflix); Instinct, FBI, Elementary, Madame Secretary (CBS). Training: B.F.A., Montclair State University; Professional Training Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville; Lucid Body House with Fay Simpson.
Alma Martinez – This production marks Ms. Martinez’s debut at Yale Repertory Theatre. Broadway: In the Summer House. Off-Broadway: Green Card. Regional: El Teatro Campesino, Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakes, Santa Cruz Shakes, Berkeley Repertory, San Jose Repertory, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, San Diego Repertory, Arizona Theatre Company, Denver Theatre Center, South Coast Repertory, Asolo Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Long Beach Civic Light Opera, Pennsylvania Stage, Marin Theatre Company, Fiesta Dinner Theatre San Antonio, Odyssey Theatre, Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, Old Globe Playhouse, Sundance Theatre Lab. Television: Undone, Bosch: Legacy, I Love Dick (Amazon); The Terror Infamy (AMC); Gentefied (Netflix); The Bridge (F/X, Peabody Award Season 1); Corridos: Tales of Passion and Revolution (PBS, Peabody Award); Queen Sugar (OWN/WB); Last Man On Earth (Fox-TV); Good Behavior (TNT); Dating Game Killer (Discovery); The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (F/X); Strange Angel, MacGyver, The Unit, Nash Bridges (CBS); Elena of Avalor (Disney); 500 Nations (Warner-Netflix); Grey’s Anatomy (ABC). Film: Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zoot Suit, Born in East LA, Under Fire, Barbarosa, Find My Daughter, The Darkness, Transpecos, Greater Glory, Maria’s Story, Panama Deception, Crossing Over, Answer to My Prayers, Only in Dreams, Family Cena, Tyger Tyger, Cake, Ms. Purple, and Clemency (winner, 2019 Sundance Grand Jury Award). Training: Ph.D. directing and dramatic criticism, Stanford University; M.F.A., acting, USC; B.A., theater, Whittier College. Additional training; Lee Strasberg, Jerzy Grotowski, Ariane Mnouchkine, Augusto Boal, Luis Valdez, Patsy Rodenburg, RADA, and Centro Universitario de Teatro (CUT), University of Mexico. Membership: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Actor’s Branch; Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Actor’s Branch; AEA; SAG AFTRA; SDC; and ANDA (Mexican Actors’ Union). A published author, her current article will appear in the upcoming anthology print-book Latinx Actor Training, Routledge Press, due spring 2023. Dr. Martinez is an Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of La Verne, La Verne, California.
Camila Moreno – A fresh new face in the entertainment industry, actress Camila Moreno, has quickly positioned herself as a one-to-watch. Last year, Moreno was seen in her first professional role as a series regular in Ava DuVernay’s highly anticipated superhero series Naomi for The CW. Moreno is a native of Puerto Rico. She went to the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Rio Piedras where she majored in acting under their Drama department. There she won the Victoria Espinosa Award, for best actress of her graduating class. She received her M.F.A. from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, where she had the opportunity to play characters such as Irina in The Three Sisters, Mayannah in Brainpeople, Cordelia in King Lear, and Ophelia in Hamlet. Moreno currently splits her time between New York and Puerto Rico. ¡Los Amo Mami y Papi! ¡Gracias por tenerme!
Nancy Rodríguez – Broadway: The Great Society, Cymbeline. Off Broadway: The Public Theater, Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, INTAR, Irondale Ensemble. Regional: ten seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Players Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Two River Theater, Shakespeare Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Studio Theatre. Film: Detachment, Indigo, Into Me See, Cricket Head. Television: FBI: Most Wanted, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Special Victims Unit, Mercy, One Life to Live. Audio: Play On Shakespeare Podcast: Coriolanus. Awards: HOLA Award for Outstanding Ensemble.
Mónica Sánchez – Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles marks the East Coast debut for actor/playwright Mónica Sánchez. Originally from New Mexico, she has worked extensively on the West Coast with (among others) El Teatro Campesino, Playwrights Arena, Strasberg Center, Cornerstone, South Coast Rep, Magic Theatre, Campo Santo, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Eureka Theatre Co., Asian American Theatre Center, Thick Description, Latino Theatre Co., and San Diego Rep, where she last appeared as Jocasta in Luis Alfaro’s Oedipus El Rey. Television and film credits include House of Cards, Big Sky, Walker Independence, Primo; Trigger Warning, When You Finish Saving the World, and Julie Taymor’s biopic on the remarkable life and work of Gloria Steinem, The Glorias: My Life on the Road, in which she portrayed the indefatigable social justice warrior, Dolores Huerta. Mónica is an Assistant Professor of Playwriting and Performance at Colorado College. She is elated and grateful to be part of this production with longtime and newfound collaborators. dramatista.com
Understudy for Hason
Alfredo Antillon is from Los Angeles, California. After getting his M.F.A. in acting from the Brown University/Trinity Repertory program, he moved to New York City, where he now resides. His theater credits include Astolfo, Sueño, Oscar, Sweat (pandemic-interrupted); Abel (u/s), Fade, Scrooge (u/s), A Christmas Carol (Trinity Rep); The Late Wedding, Macbeth, Summer and Smoke (Brown/Trinity Rep); Don John and Much Ado About Nothing/Tanta Bulla…¿Y Pa Que? (Bilingual Shakespeare) for Teatro en El Verano. He is excited to be working with such extremely talented artists on this beautiful piece. He is grateful to the ancestors and his mother for crossing borders and risking it all so her kids could have a chance to dream and make those dreams a reality. ¡Gracias Mamá!
Understudy for Josefina
Renata Eastlick she/her is a multilingual actor and voiceover artist. She is best known for voicing “Caveira” in the hit UBISOFT video game Rainbow Six: Siege. Off-Broadway: for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf (The Public Theater). Regional: Dream Hou$e (Long Wharf Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage), Apologies to Lorraine Hansberry (You Too, August Wilson) (Orlando Shakes), 7 Deadly Sins (Miami New Drama), AZUL (NAMT Festival), Letters to Kamala (American Stage), The Royale (Hippodrome Theatre), Ruined (GableStage), among others. Television: Burn Notice (USA), Mad Dogs (Amazon), Magic City (STARZ). Film: God’s Waiting Room. B.F.A.: New World School of the Arts (University of Florida). renataeastlick.com
Understudy for Armida
Gabriela Garcia is an artist who divides her time between the TV/film, theater, dance, commercial, and education industries. Theater: Chicago, On Your Feet!, Roman Holiday, Half Time, Little Duende, Carousel, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Television: Law & Order: Organized Crime and SVU, New Amsterdam, Succession, Jessica Jones. Film: In the Heights, Enchanted. Associate work: director/choreographer for ¡Viva Broadway! When We See Ourselves; Twelfth Night the musical (Delacorte); Movement Associate for Sweeney Todd (Barrow Street Theater); and Chicago (Düsseldorf). She has narrated over 100 audiobook titles in Spanish and English, and holds a B.A. in performing arts from Saint Mary’s College of California. She is the co-founder of R.Evolución Latina. Gabriela-Garcia.com
Understudy for Acan
Adrian Guillen – I’m an 11-year-old boy with a passion for music, art, sports, and helping others. I learned how to talk when I was just 11 months old. And from then on I have loved to communicate with others. In kindergarten my first play was called The Gingerbread Man. I played as the old man. After I did the performance, I knew I wanted acting to be my profession. Music is very important for me and my family. When I got into middle school, I joined the band class. It makes me feel joyful to make people happy with my music. I’m a fast learner and that has helped me to do great things professionally like being part of my school spelling bee contest, taekwondo, soccer, band class, and acting class.
Understudy for Tita
Catalina Maynard was previously seen at Yale Rep in Lydia by Octavio Solis. Catalina has worked regionally at the Mark Taper Forum, Denver Center, PCPA, TheatreWorks, Mixed Blood Theatre, Children’s Theatre Minneapolis, San Diego Rep, Cygnet Theatre, Moxie Theatre, Moonlight, North Coast Rep, New Village Arts, Arizona Theatre Co., La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe (San Diego), and Off-Broadway at the Peter J. Sharp Theatre. She was also a member of iON Theatre company for eight years. Currently, she is a Learning Specialist in Narrative Medicine for the UniversityLink Medical Science Program at University of California, San Diego.
Understudy for Medea
Caro Riverita is an actor from Manatí, Puerto Rico. She is a third-year M.F.A. candidate at David Geffen School of Drama, where her credits include Macbeth, Affinity, and Bodas de sangre. She holds a B.A. in humanities with a concentration in drama from Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras where she performed in La Senda del Cafetal by José Luis Ramos Escobar. She has also performed for secondary school audiences across some of the archipelago’s best theaters with La Escuela de Hoy by Gerardo Rodriguez.
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