Written and directed by Sara Farrington
Performed by Valeria Avina
A workshop performance
January 28, 2019 | 7:00pm
A.R.T./NY South Oxford Space
138 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn
HONDURAS is about the asylum-seeking Honduran women I have connected with through my work with Immigrant Families Together, a grassroots, non-profit organization I helped found and continue to work for as a core member. Each of the women depicted in this piece crossed the border in the weeks of the zero-tolerance policy, each are now living in the US awaiting a court date, and each, through some cosmic twist of fate, found me and my group.
HONDURAS is my own expressionistic interpretation of their stories, beginning with their daily lives in their home country, the moment they realized they had to flee, their journey to the US border, their experience in and out of detention and the moment their paths crossed with mine, a privileged, American white woman in New York. Although some characters and stories have been combined and dramatized, all are based in truth and nothing has been exaggerated. This solo show features VALERIA AVINA playing over thirty roles.
SARA FARRINGTON (Playwright, Director) is a NY/NJ-based playwright and director. MFA from Brooklyn College with Mac Wellman. She was a recent HARP Artist at HERE Arts Center from 2014-2017 to create CasablancaBox, a multi-media piece about the making of Casablanca. CasablancaBox was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards (Unique Theatrical Experience & Outstanding Projection Design). Sara is currently making BrandoCapote, directed by Reid Farrington, which explodes an infamous 1957 interview between two legends, premiering at The Tank, Fall 2019, with a workshop run prior at Art House, Jersey City, March 2019. Recent & upcoming plays include: Honduras (AFO|SoCo), Leisure, Labor, Lust (The Tank NYC, The Mount in Lenox, MA & Art House Productions, Jersey City), Cosmicomics (The Flea), The Return (commissioned by/performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art), Near Vicksburg (Incubator Arts Project, Walkerspace, Foxy Films, The Wild Project), Requiem For Black Marie (Incubator Arts, Foxy Films, Stella Adler Studios), and Mickey & Sage (Incubator Arts, Foxy Films, Great Plains Theater Conference, NTI @ O'Neill Center, ShelterBelt Theater, Omaha, NE.) Sara's work has been supported by The Venturous Fund, MediaTHE, The New York State Council on the Arts, Axe-Houghton Foundation, and The Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation. She is a MacDowell Colony fellow, grad of Connecticut College and NTI at The Eugene O'Neill Center, a Wooster Group intern, and was an acting company member at the late great Jean Cocteau Rep. Her play Mickey & Sage is published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. Sara is an avid reader, runner, history lover, and core founding member of Immigrant Families Together, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting asylum-seeking victims of the zero-tolerance policy. She and husband, Reid Farrington, live in Maplewood, NJ and have two little boys, Jack & Levi. For more, ladyfarrington.com.
VALERIA AVINA (Performer) is an actress, writer and voice teacher from Durango Mexico. "I have no words to describe what this show means to me. Thank you Sara for believing in me. May Honduras be heard all over the world."