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World-Premiere Power Play

Celia and Fidel

  • Credits

    Written by Eduardo Machado
    Directed by Molly Smith

  • Location

    Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle

“A leading playwright”

— New York Times

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.

Cast

ROBERT M. JIMENEZ

Fidel Castro

MARIAN LICHA

Celia Sánchez

LIAM TORRES

Manolo Ruiz

HEATHER VELAZQUEZ

Consuelo

Creative

EDUARDO MACHADO

Playwright

MOLLY SMITH

Director

ALEJO VIETTI

Costume Designer

NICOLE PEARCE

Lighting Designer

ROC LEE

Sound Designer

RICCARDO HERNÁNDEZ

Scenic Designer

LISA NATHANS

Dialect and Vocal Coach

SUSAN R. WHITE

Stage Manager

ALLIE ROY

Assistant Stage Manager

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Accessible Performances

Closed Captioning
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Open Captioning
Wednesday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Audio Described
Saturday, April 11 at 2 p.m.

Events

Post-Show Discussions
Wednesday, March 11 at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, March 25 at 12 p.m.
Thursday, March 26 at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 7 at 12 p.m.

Southwest Night
Sunday, March 29 at 6 p.m. Purchase