Destiny of Desire

Destiny of Desire

By Karen Zacarias

Originally produced at Arena Stage, Washington, DC

September 11 - October 18, 2015

About the Premiere Production:

(Marian Licha, Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey, and Oscar Ceville. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.)

On a stormy night in Bellarica, Mexico, two baby girls are born — one into a life of privilege and one into a life of poverty. When the newborns are swapped by a former beauty queen with an insatiable lust for power, the stage is set for two outrageous misfortunes to grow into one remarkable destiny. “A writer of comedic skill” (Variety), Helen Hayes Award-winning playwright Karen Zacarías (The Book Club Play) infuses the Latin American telenovela genre with music, high drama and burning passion to make for a fast-paced modern comedy. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.

Cast: Esparanza America, Oscar Ceville, Gabriella Fernandez-Coffey, Carlos Gómez, Fidel Gomez, Rayanne Gonzalezs, Cástulo Guerra, Marian Licha, Nicholas Rodriguez, Elia Saldaña, and Rosino Serrano.


Director: José Luis Valenzuela

Scenic Design: Francois-Pierre Couture

Costume Design: Julie Weiss

Lighting Design: Pablo Santiago

Sound Design: John Zalewski

Wig Designer: Anne Nesmith

Casting: Caparelliotis Casting

Stage Manager: Kurt Hall

Assistant Stage Manager: Trevor A. Riley

Casting: Pauline O'Con


Additional Funders: The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation’s Women Playwrights Commissioning Program.