Fiery 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

It's 1980s Cuba and the revolution has reached a crazed tipping point. Fueled by a stagnant economy, 10,000 citizens have fled to the Peruvian Embassy in Cuba seeking asylum. As Fidel Castro grapples between his desire to maintain power and do what is best for his country, he turns to his closest confidant and political partner, Celia Sánchez for answers. What kind of a leader is he? Merciful or mighty? Imbued with magical realism, Eduardo Machado’s Celia and Fidel — Arena Stage’s seventh Power Play — imagines a fight between Cuba’s most influential female revolutionary and its most notorious political leader.

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 NEA.

Celia and Fidel is a fictional play inspired by historic events.

Celia and Fidel runs approximately two hours, including one 15-minute intermission.

Cast

MARIAN LICHA

Celia Sánchez

ANDHY MENDEZ

Fidel Castro

LIAM TORRES

Manolo Ruiz

HEATHER VELAZQUEZ

Consuelo

Creative

EDUARDO MACHADO

Playwright

MOLLY SMITH

Director

RICCARDO HERNÁNDEZ

Set Designer

ALEJO VIETTI

Costume Designer

NICOLE PEARCE

Lighting Designer

ROC LEE

Original Music and Sound Design

CHARLES G. LAPOINTE

Hair and Wig Designer

JENNY MALE

Fight and Intimacy Consultant

LISA NATHANS

Dialect and Vocal Coach

VICTOR VAZQUEZ, CSA

Casting Director

JOCELYN CLARKE

Dramaturg

SOYICA DIGGS COLBERT

Dramaturg

RIW RAKKULCHON

Assistant Set Designer

GREGORY KENG STRASSER

Assistant Director

SUSAN R. WHITE

Stage Manager

Multimedia

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Playwright Eduardo Machado introduces "Celia and Fidel"
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In The News

Broadway World

Original cast and creative team return for Celia and Fidel at Arena Stage

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Eduardo Machado talks about inspiration behind Celia and Fidel

The Guardian

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American Theatre Magazine

At Long Last, Eduardo Machado Faces Fidel

Washington Post

GALA Hispanic Theatre and Arena Stage amplify Cuban voices with a twofer of plays by Nilo Cruz and Eduardo Machado

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World Premiere of Celia and Fidel Is Announced at Arena Stage

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