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2015 | 10 Lydia

The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre is pleased to announce its production of Lydia by Octavio Solis, directed by Kathy Byrne, opening Friday, October 16, at 8:00 PM and running Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM through November 1.

Set in the 1970s on the Texas border separating the United States and Mexico, Lydia is an intense, lyrical, and magical new play. The Flores family welcomes Lydia, an undocumented maid, into their El Paso home to care for their daughter Ceci, who was tragically disabled in a car accident on the eve of her Quinceañera, her fifteenth birthday. Lydia’s immediate and seemingly miraculous bond with the girl sets the entire family on a mysterious and shocking journey of discovery. Warning: contains adult themes, language and nudity.

Lydia‘s fresh take on the lives of Hispanic immigrants in the 1970s has won it quite a number of awards, including the Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Production and the Henry Award for Outstanding New Play in 2008.

“An astonishing, expertly crafted tragedy that seduces and tempts you with its pulsing rhythms and evocative language until it has you fully under its spell.” – Denver Post

“Fresh, penetrating, often blissful.” – The New York Times

“[Octavio Solis] demands attention with his jazzy mix of Spanglish, poetry, pop lyrics, magical realism and emotional insight.” – Variety

Author of over 20 plays, Octavio Solis is considered by many to be one of the most prominent Latino playwrights in America. With works that both draw on and transcend the Mexican-American experience, he is a writer and director whose style defies formula, examining the darkness, magic and humor of humanity with brutal honesty and characteristic intensity. His imaginative and ever-evolving work continues to cross cultural and aesthetic boundaries, solidifying him as one of the great playwrights of our time. [Bio taken from Solis’s website]

Lydia runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm from Friday, October 16 through Sunday, November 1 at The Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, in the Baird Center at 619 South Main Street in Gainesville. There will be a $5 preview performance on Thursday, October 15 (cash-only at the door).

Warning: Lydia contains adult themes, language and nudity, and is not recommended for children.

Purchase your tickets using a credit card or PayPal today: Tickets are $15 for the general public with a discount for seniors, veterans and active military and may be purchased below:

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A limited number of tickets are also available at the door thirty minutes before showtime.