Jan 4, 2016

Experiments 16: Diana Marie Delgado’s ‘People to Run From’

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People to Run From is a warped autobiography where a young woman’s life story is told in fragments.

Directed by Julian Mesri & featuring Yadira De La Riva.

About the Playwright

DIANA MARIE DELGADO​, poet and playwright, grew up in the San Gabriel Valley. A graduate of the poetry programs at the University of California­Riverside and Columbia University, she has served as Poet­in­Residence of Northern New Mexico College and was awarded a James D. Phelan Award in Poetry from the San Francisco Foundation. Her work has appeared in the Indiana Review, Ninth Letter, North American Review, the Journal of Chicana/Latino Studies and Ploughshares. She was the recipient of a Letras Latinas Residency Fellowship and attended the 2011 Monarch Theater Playwriting Workshops, where her short play, Desire Road, was given a staged reading at La MaMa La Galleria in NYC. Her poetry collection, Late­Night Talks with Men I Think I Trust won the 2015 Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

About the Artists

Julian Mesri is an Argentinean-American theater director and composer. He is the artistic director of Sans Comedia, a bilingual theater company. Recent work includes Los Columpios (IATI Theater) and new musical Bethlehem (St Pauls Theater). www.sanscomedia.com

Yadira De La Riva is an interdisciplinary artist and educator from El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. She has toured nationally and internationally as an actor, solo performer and poet, dedicating a body of work to celebrating fronteriz@s (border people) and the creative survival of border politics. She is also a student and educator of Theater of the Oppressed, Suzuki, Viewpoints and Spoken Word. She is honored for the opportunity to collaborate on this project! www.yadiradelariva.com and www.onejourneychronicles.com.

About Experiments 16

For Experiments 16: New Century Female Dramatists, curators Jessica Hagedorn & John Jesurun have invited four New York­ based female playwrights to present a concert ­style reading of a new work ­in ­progress. The four writers represent a cross ­section of New York’s population, and each work brings a unique perspective on contemporary relationships, attachments, and identities.

Experiments Play Reading Series


For the 23rd season of La MaMa Experiments we will focus on theatrical works in progress addressing mental health issues. No one is more familiar with the need to create greater access to mental healthcare than our New York audience, who come face to face with this crisis on a daily basis. After 3 years of a global pandemic, all of us are feeling the upsurge of anxiety and depression, but these trends have been on the rise long before Covid-19. The works this season shed light on important, personal stories and deal with this subject matter in many different and unique ways. From tongue in cheek comedies to absurdist tragedies, Experiments hopes to create a season that will destigmaify, enlighten and, yes, even entertain.

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