World-Premiere Power Play
Celia and Fidel
February 28 – April 12, 2020
Written by Eduardo Machado
Directed by Molly Smith
Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle
“A leading playwright”
Can one woman change the mind of a man and the fate of a nation? Fidel Castro’s most trusted confidant and political partner, Celia Sánchez, is never far from his side as he grapples with how to move his country forward. It’s 1980 and a failing economy has led 10,000 Cuban citizens to seek asylum at the Peruvian Embassy in Cuba. Castro must decide what kind of a leader he wants to be: merciful or mighty. Imbued with magical realism, Arena Stage’s seventh Power Play imagines a conversation between Cuba’s most influential female revolutionary and its most notorious political leader in a contest between morality and power.
Celia and Fidel was generously commissioned by Drs. Elliot and Lily Gardner Feldman and BakerHostetler LLP as part of Arena Stage’s Insider Voices Power Play Cycle.
Additional support provided by the .
Celia and Fidel is a fictional play inspired by historic events.
ROBERT M. JIMENEZ
SUSAN R. WHITE
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Wednesday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 11 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, March 11 at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, March 25 at 12 p.m.
Thursday, March 26 at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, April 7 at 12 p.m.
Tuesday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Special Guest: Jonathan M. Hansen, Harvard historian and author of Young Castro (book signing to follow discussion)
Sunday, March 29 at 6 p.m. Purchase