World-Premiere Power Play
Celia and Fidel
January 22 – March 7, 2021
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.
Celia and Fidel runs approximately two hours, including one 15-minute intermission.
SUSAN R. WHITE
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