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"Lidless" by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig at Borderlands Theater in 2012.

Borderlands Theater Announces Season Led by Female Writers

The slate includes works by Milta Ortiz, Hilary Bettis, Elaine Romero, Virginia Grise and Martin Zimmerman.

TUCSON, ARIZ.: Borderlands Theater has announced its 2015–16 season, which includes two world premieres, the return of a holiday favorite and a site-specific event.

“I am happy to announce that women playwrights dominate my first full season as producing director at Borderlands Theater,” said new producing director Marc David Pinate in a statement. “We are producing two new plays by women, and a commissioned collaborative theatrical event penned by two women and one man.”

The season begins with the world premiere of Milta Ortiz’s Más (Sept. 10–27)a docudrama about the banning of Mexican American Studies in the Tucson Unified School District, and the people involved who struggle to hold onto their identity, community and humanity.

Following will be the 19th annual A Tucson Pastorela (Dec. 3–6), by Howard Allen and a troupe of ghost writers. The farcical satire is about shepherds and their harrowing journey to find baby Jesus.

Next is Barrio Stories Project (March 3–6, 2016) by Elaine Romero, Virginia Grise and Martin Zimmerman. The site-specific event brings to life the oral histories of former residents of the neighborhood, which was demolished in the building of the Tucson Convention Center in the 1960s.

The season concludes with the National New Play Network rolling world premiere of Hilary Bettis’s Ghosts of Lote Bravo (April 14–May 1, 2016), about a father’s journey to find his missing daughter.

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