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Liliana has a sparkle few can deny and no one can resist. The trophy wife of a border magnate living in Texas, she’s seemingly impeccable. But beneath that polished exterior lies a fierce determination to survive at any cost. When Liliana’s true desires break the surface, she’ll have to decide between the value of obligation versus the price of freedom.
About the Author
Tanya Saracho is a native of Sinaloa, Mexico. Named "Best New Playwright" by Chicago magazine, she is a new Ensemble Member at Victory Gardens Theater, a resident playwright emerita at Chicago Dramatists, a Goodman Theatre Fellow at the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago, founder and co-director of ALTA and co-founder and former Artistic Director of Teatro Luna. Her plays have been seen at the Goodman Theatre, Mo'olelo Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Teatro Vista, Teatro Luna, the Fountain Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, Next Theatre Company, 16th Street Theater, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Her plays include Enfrascada, El Nogalar, The House On Mango Street (adaptation), Our Lady Of The Underpass, Surface Day, Kita Y Fernanda, Quita Mitos, Song for the Disappeared, and The Tenth Muse. Saracho is a winner of the Ofner Prize, a recipient of an NEA Distinguished New Play Development Project Grant and a 3Arts Artists Award. Saracho is a member of SAG/AFTRA and the Writers' Guild of America. Currently, she writes for the Lifetime series Devious Maids.
"Smartly entertaining [...] a funny and frightening play." - Variety
"[A] compelling character study, which pits human yearnings against the power of culturally predetermined obligations." - TheatreMania
"Mala Hierba is never less than absorbing. The dialogue zings at full speed, and the characters have an electric energy." - New York Post
"Saracho writes swaggering, punchy dialogue [...] This one grows big and flowers." - Time Out New York