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Ghosts of Bogotá

by Diana Burbano

Drama queen Lola, do-gooder Sandy, and their hedonistic baby brother Bruno return to their parents’ home country to bury their grandfather. But he won’t stay dead! A comedy about breaking the bonds of family trauma, secrets that won't remain buried, and never feeling at home in any country that can claim you.

Rella Lossy Award winner

January 29th - February 23rd in San Rafael

1200 Fourth Street (at B Street)

San Rafael, CA  94901 

Press:

The Long Road to Gender Parity -- Marin Independent Journal 
AlterTheater achieves "50-50 parity between men and women playwrights over its entire 15-year company history."

 

Family Secrets Fill Burbano's Dark Comedy --Bay Area Plays 

 

Cast & Crew
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Diana Burbano

A Colombian  immigrant, Diana Burbano is an Equity actor, a playwright and a teaching artist at South Coast Repertory and Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble. Diana’s plays focus on female protagonists and social issues.

 

Written work includes Policarpa (Living Room at the Blank 2018, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Brown Swan Lab 2017), Gargoyles, (Princess Grace 2019 finalist.) Fabulous Monsters (Latinx Play Festival, San Diego Rep 2017), Caliban’s Island (2017 Headwaters New Play Festival), Enemy|Flint which premiered in April at Rio Hondo College, and Linda, (in English and in Spanish), which has been seen all over the world.

 

As an actor she has recently played Amalia in American Mariachi at South Coast Repertory/Arizona Theatre Company, and Marisela in La Ruta at Artists Repertory Theatre. She is in Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Latinx Play Project cohort. She was in Center Theatre group’s 2018-19 Writers Workshop. Her latest play, Ghosts of Bogotá, won the Rella Lossy Award 2019 and NuVoices 2019 at Actors Theatre of Charlotte. She advocates  fiercely for Latinx women in the theatre and beyond and lives in Long Beach, CA.

Alicia Coombes

Alicia is excited to join the AlterTheater team as Producing Artistic Director, and honored to direct Ghosts of Bogotá. Alicia has been working at Cal Shakes for over four years, currently serving as their Creative Content Manager. Prior to this, she was the Marketing & Community Outreach Manager at Cutting Ball Theater, the Company Manager at foolsFURY, and the Literary Manager at Aurora Theatre Company. She has also worked at A.C.T., Crowded Fire, Golden Thread, Marin Theatre Company, Playwright's Foundation, San Francisco Playhouse, Wily West Productions, and Z Space. She holds a BA from San Francisco State University.

Livia Gomes Demarchi

Livia Gomes Demarchi is thrilled to return to AlterTheater after having performed in the original production of The River Bride by Marisela Treviño Orta. Recent credits: Tania in Native Gardens at Center Rep, Titania and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Nights Dream with SF Shakes and Olivia and Maria in Twelfth Night with Arabian Shakes (TBA awards Best Ensemble winner). She has also worked with SF Playhouse, Crowded Fire, Magic Theater, the Playwrights Foundation, Playground, Shotgun Players, BRAVA and Theater Rhinoceros. She holds a BA from UC Berkeley in Theater and Performance Studies and had trained at A.C.T. and at Macunaíma school of theater in her home country of Brasil. To my familia! 

Leticia Duarte

Leticia Duarte is a Bay Area actor, model, writer and teaching artist whose recent projects include: ParticleofDreadwith Anton’s Well, Helen!With Theatre of Yugen, Into the BeautifulNorth& The King of Cubawith CentralWorks, & The Normal Heartwith Theatre Rhinoceros. They have also worked with Willows Theatre Co, Berkeley Rep., Crowded Fire, Playwrights Foundation, Playground, Bay Area Children’s Theatre and various others. Duarte is a graduate of UCLA, UCSC, and hastrained with A.C.T. and Shakespeare & Co. They are also TBA Titan Finalist and a former San Francisco Shakespeare and Women’s Will Teaching Artist. They are represented locally by Talent Plus. Catch Duarte on Season 2 of www.thenorthpoleshow.comand at SF Playhouse in Real Women Have Curves in March.

Noe Flores

Noe Flores is a Bay Area native who is grateful to be a part of his first Latinx play. He is eager to help bring the stories of his community to life. His credits include Paul in Brilliant Lies with Firescape Theatre or Harmon in Mercy Killings with Awesome Theater.

 

Noe also has a funny bone and has performed sketch comedy with Killing My Lobster. He is currently training with Robert Zimmerman and Peter Allas. Noe is extremely grateful to his partner Emily for holding down the fort with their toddler while growing two more babies inside her. Thanks to my family and friends for all their support!

Linda Girón

Bio coming soon.

Tony Ortega

Tony Ortega is thrilled to make his AlterTheater debut! Tony has performed throughout the Bay Area and was last seen in Anton's Well Theatre company's production of Knives in Hens. Tony has helped numerous new works come to life on stage, including Teatrovision’s Departera, 3Girls Theatre’s Birthright, and City Lights Theatre’s staged reading of Max Tachis’ play Candelabrum. Some additional credits include Bay Area Drama company’s State of Denial, Coastal Repertory Theatre's production of Death of a Salesman, SFBATCO’s La Posarela, Tullus Aufidius in William Shakespeare’s Coriolanus (Syracuse Shakespeare Festival), Benvolio in Romeo y Julieta (Half moon Bay Shakespeare), and Rodriguez in Take Me Out (Dragon Productions). Tony’s versatility has also led him to perform for Television in DiscoveryID’s I Almost Got Away With It.

Carla is honored and thrilled to be originating the role of Sandy in Diana Burbano’s Ghosts of Bogotá. She has performed in a number of AlterTheater productions, including The River Bride by Marisela Treviño Orta and Circular by Laura Shamas.

 

Carla has also performed with other Bay Area companies, including Marin Shakespeare Company, The Cutting Ball Theater, Porchlight, Open Tab Productions, Curtain Theatre, Woman’s Will, Golden Thread Productions, Brava, NCTC's YouthAware and a number of other independent theatre companies. Carla has studied independently with various drama coaches as well as at American Conservatory Theater Studio.

 

She is a recent California Institute of Integral Studies graduate, having earned a master's degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Drama Therapy and works as a Behavioral Health Clinician with justice involved youth in San Francisco. Carla is committed to lending a voice to those stories which are not often heard and to the use of the arts as a tool for healing and furthering social justice.  

Carla Pauli

Carla is honored and thrilled to be originating the role of Sandy in Diana Burbano’s Ghosts of Bogotá. She has performed in a number of AlterTheater productions, including The River Bride by Marisela Treviño Orta and Circular by Laura Shamas.

 

Carla has also performed with other Bay Area companies, including Marin Shakespeare Company, The Cutting Ball Theater, Porchlight, Open Tab Productions, Curtain Theatre, Woman’s Will, Golden Thread Productions, Brava, NCTC's YouthAware and a number of other independent theatre companies. Carla has studied independently with various drama coaches as well as at American Conservatory Theater Studio.

 

She is a recent California Institute of Integral Studies graduate, having earned a master's degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Drama Therapy and works as a Behavioral Health Clinician with justice involved youth in San Francisco. Carla is committed to lending a voice to those stories which are not often heard and to the use of the arts as a tool for healing and furthering social justice.  

Eduardo Soria

Eduardo Soria (Bruno) is thrilled join Alter Theatre Ensemble and to be a part of the world premiere of Ghosts of Bogotá by Diana Burbano! Eduardo is currently a student at CCSF finishing his studies in Theatre Arts and Fire Science Technology. He is the co-founder of CCSF’s very own Theatre Club to help other theatre majors refine their techniques from acting to tech and to expose other students on campus as well as the surrounding community to performance art.

Recent performances include El Rio (Fernando) at the Brava Theatre, Memoria del Silencio en el Pias de la Eterna Primavera (Fernando, Esqueleto, Viejo, and Military Captain) at the Mission Cultural Center of Latino Arts, Buffalo Soldiers: The Untold Story (Wolf Sleeve) at the Oakstop, and Cradle Will Rock (Diego Rivera) Mission (Herbert) as well as writing & performing an original solo one act Dia De Mi Muerte at CCSF’s Diego Rivera Theatre. Eduardo has also written & directed a one act Perfect that was also performed at CCSF’s Diego Rivera Theatre. Infinite thank you’s to his father, two sisters, family, friends, and mentors for their ongoing love and support.

Gerry Grosz

Gerry Grosz is known on the Bay Area jazz scene as a spirited performer on both piano and vibraphone.  A passionate, stylistically-diverse composer and singer/songwriter, he was awarded "Song of the Year" by the West Coast Songwriters, and has had his music played at Madison Square Garden.  Grosz's credits include original songs for stage productions of "The Phantom Tollbooth" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream", as well as music for the documentary "PDA (Public Displays of Affection)".  By day, Grosz splits his time as a local piano teacher, choir and dance accompanist, jazz vocal coach, and church music director.  He is happy to be working with AlterTheater once again, after his previous work as Composer & Sound Designer on "The Amen Corner", "Bondage", "Cow Pie Bingo", and "Circular".  Website: www.thevibe.net

Adriana Gutierrez

Bio to come.

Jeanette Harrison

Jeanette has produced 24 world premiere and First Look productions with AlterTheater. She is the architect of AlterTheater's AlterLab playwright residency program; the inaugural AlterLab production was the world premiere of Ann Brebner's THE DEAD GIRL in 2013. She co-directed with Ann Brebner THE RIVER BRIDE by Marisela Trevino Orta (2013 co-winner, National Latino Playwriting Award). Other recent directing credits include the award-winning productions of two AlterTheater commissions by Larissa FastHorse, LANDLESS (2016 USA PEN Literary Award in Drama), and COW PIE BINGO (2018 Theatre Bay Area Award, Best Featured Actor); the multi-Theatre Bay Area Award-winner THE AMEN CORNER by James Baldwin, and A Midsummer Night's Dream, with the University of Southern California's BFA juniors. She's worked with many Bay Area theater companies, including Berkeley Rep, the Magic, Cutting Ball, Theatre Rhino, Aurora Theatre, Golden Thread, SF Shakes, Women's Will. 

Christine Plowright

Bio coming soon.