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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.

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.

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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

Scenic Designer

ALEJO VIETTI

Costume Designer

NICOLE PEARCE

Lighting Designer

ROC LEE

Sound Designer

LISA NATHANS

Dialect and Vocal Coach

SUSAN R. WHITE

Stage Manager

ALLIE ROY

Assistant Stage Manager

Multimedia

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In The News

NBC 4

Eduardo Machado on penning Celia and Fidel

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Eduardo Machado talks about inspiration behind Celia and Fidel

The Guardian

Celia and Fidel: why the timing is perfect for a new play about Castro

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

TheaterMania

World Premiere of Celia and Fidel Is Announced at Arena Stage

Broadway World

Robert M. Jimenez, Marian Licha and more will star in the world premiere of Celia and Fidel at Arena Stage