Fiery Power Play
Celia and Fidel
October 8 - November 21, 2021
Written by Eduardo Machado
Directed by Molly Smith
Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle
“A leading playwright”
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 .
Celia and Fidel is a fictional play inspired by historic events.
Celia and Fidel runs approximately two hours, including one 15-minute intermission.
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CHARLES G. LAPOINTE
VICTOR VAZQUEZ, C.S.A.
SUSAN R. WHITE
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