Destiny of Desire
by Karen Zacarías
directed by José Luis Valenzuela
West Coast Premiere
SEGERSTROM STAGE
October 14, 2016 - November 13, 2016

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On a stormy night in Bellarica, Mexico, two baby girls are born—one to poverty, one to privilege—and then secretly switched by a scheming former beauty queen. Eighteen years later the girls meet, brought together by misfortune. Or is it destiny? In this fast-paced comedy inspired by popular telenovelas, forbidden love, revenge, infidelity and burning passion abound. (And musical numbers make it the perfect guilty pleasure!)

A co-production with Goodman Theatre.

Previews: October 14-20, 2016
First Night: October 21, 2016
Regular Performances: October 22 – November 13, 2016

Recommendation: Suitable for ages 13 and above. Destiny of Desire contains haze effects and strobe lights.

Running Time: Approximately ​two hours including one 15-minute intermission.

Karen Zacarías was recently hailed as one of the top 10 produced playwrights by American Theatre Magazine and by the National Endowment for the Arts as the most produced Latina playwright in the country. She had five world premieres in the 2016 season: Destiny of Desire at Arena Stage; Native Gardens at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Olivério: A Brazilian Twist at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Ella Enchanted: The Musical at First Stage and Into the Beautiful North at Milagro Theater. Her other award-winning plays include The Book Club Play, Legacy of Light, Mariela in the Desert, The Sins of Sor Juana, the adaptations of Just Like Us and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and many more. She collaborated on the libretto for Sleepy Hollow and Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises for the Washington Ballet and has written 10 theatre for young audiences musicals with composer Deborah Wicks La Puma. She is an inaugural resident playwright at Arena Stage and is a core founder of the Latino Theatre Commons. She is the founder of Young Playwrights’ Theater, an award-winning theatre company that teaches playwriting in local public schools in Washington, D.C. Zacarías lives in D.C. with her husband and three children.
Learn more about the production, cast & creative team with a peek into the program. Read full artist bios, in-depth articles and more.

Cast
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Esperanza America* (Pilar Esperanza Castillo/Nurse 2)

is making her SCR debut. She was born and raised in East Los Angeles and received her BA from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Her most recent theatre credits include Destiny of Desire at Arena Stage; Habitat; The Vault: Bankrupt and The Vault: Unlocked written by The Vault Ensemble; Faith, Charity, Hope and Dementia written by Evelina Fernández; and Melancholia at The Los Angeles Theatre Center and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, directed by José Luis Valenzuela. Her television credits include “Southland,” “Single Ladies” and various television commercials. Her movie credits include Cry Now, directed by Alberto Barboza; Gino’s Wife, directed by Aaron Lee Lopez; Kristen’s Christmas Past, directed by Jim Fall; and, most recently 31, directed by Rob Zombie, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.


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​​Elisa Bocanegra* (Hortencia del Rio) previously appeared at SCR in The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, California Scenarios and Hispanic Playwrights Project readings of Yemaya’s Belly and Adventures of Barrio Grrrl! by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Her other theatre credits include The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore (Roundabout Theatre Company with Olympia Dukakis), the Sundance Theatre Lab, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Center Theatre Group, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre Company and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her film and television credits include “Easy to Assemble” with Illeana Douglas and Jeff Goldblum, El Superstar (produced by Norman Lear and George Lopez), Sundance-winner Girlfight, Spun, “Undeclared” by Judd Apatow and the “Gilmore Girls.” Bocanegra is artistic director of Hero Theatre in Los Angeles. Hero Theatre, which she founded with the help of her mentor Academy Award-winner Olympia Dukakis, is dedicated to building bridges between artists of different cultures. herotheatre.org

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Eduardo Enrikez* (Sebastián Jose Castillo/Paramedic 1/Cop 1)

is making his SCR debut. He was born in Mexico City, but began his professional career in London after graduating from The Royal Academy of Music in London’s West End. His theatre credits include The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at the Criterion Theatre and U.K. tour; Raoul in Eating Raoul at the Birdwell Theatre; Bottom in A Midsummer Nights Dream at Courtyard Theatre; Chick and Georgie in Time Square Angel at Union Theatre; Monty and Frank Sr. in the Scandinavian tour of Saturday Night Fever; the European tour of Hair; Chris in Miss Saigon (Inland Empire Award best actor, Broadway World nomination) and Vittorio Vidal in Sweet Charity (Inland Empire Award best actor) at Candlelight Pavilion; Emcee in Cabaret (Garland Award nomination) at The Met Theatre; Mickey in Blood Brothers (Ada Award for best actor) and Is This Anyway to Start a Marriage at Whitefire Theatre; Houdini in Ragtime at The Hudson Theatre; Jitter in The Musical of Musicals, The Musical! and Love Songs—A Musical at Attic Theatre; Bat Boy in Bat Boy the Musical at Hudson Theatre; and Hercules On Normandie and Schoolhouse Rock at Greenway Court Theatre. His film credits include Sin Frontera (best actor award, Seattle Film Festival; best actor nomination, Beaufort International Film Festival), Stigma, Emilio, Jornada al Norte and Dog Tags. His television credits include “The Bridge,” “Locked up Abroad,” “Bluff,” “Destroy the Alpha Gammas” and “Disorganized Zone.” For more information: twitter@eduardoenrikez and eduardoenrikez.com


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Evelina Fernández* (​Sister Sonia) appeared at SCR previously in the Hispanic Playwrights Project readings of Once Removed and Electricidad. Born and raised in East L.A., Fernández is a founding member of the Latino Theater Company and has performed in LTC’s productions of A Mexican Trilogy: An American Story, Luminarias, Dementia, Solitude, Faith: Part I of a Mexican Trilogy, Charity: Part III of a Mexican Trilogy, Premeditation, La Victima and many more. She began her professional acting career in Luis Valdez’s Zoot Suit, and her film and television credits include Luminarias, Dementia, American Me, Go for Sisters, “Roseanne,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “Judging Amy,” “East Los High.” She is a Theatre Communications Group-Fox Foundation Actor Fellow and has received several awards for her work as an actor including Best Actress for Luminarias at the Ibero-American Film Festival in Huelva, Spain; the Golden Eagle Award for her portrayal of Julie in American Me; the Alma Award for Hollywood Confidential; and numerous recognitions from Lifetime, Latina Business Women Association, La Opinion’s Mujeres Destacadas Award, the Spirit Award from the Latino Legislative Caucus, the Community Coalition Award and many, many more. She is proudest of her 30 years working with her artistic family, the Latino Theater Company: Sal Lopez, Lucy Rodriguez, Geoffrey Rivas, Lupe Ontiveros (que en paz y poder descanse) and her loving husband, José Luis Valenzuela.

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​Fidel Gomez* (​Dr. Diego Mendoza/Paramedic 2/Cop 2) is making his SCR debut. His theatre acting credits include Destiny of Desire (Arena Stage), Just Like Us (Denver Center for the Performing Arts), Solitude (The Los Angeles Theatre Center, national tour), PLACAS (national tour), Romeo and Juliet and The Merry Wives of Windsor (The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles) and Macbeth (The Pasadena Shakespeare Company). His film and television credits include “NCIS,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” HBO’s Walkout, “Undercovers,” “7th Heaven,” Small Time and Waterborne (SXSW winner for Best Ensemble Cast). He received his training at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, the L.A. County High School for the Arts (currently on staff), the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Stella Adler Conservatory (New York), Stone-street Studios and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

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​​​Cástulo Guerra* (​Armando Castillo) is making his SCR debut. He returns to Destiny of Desire after its huge success at Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage last fall. His professional career spans nearly four decades beginning with Othello starring Raul Julia and Richard Dreyfuss and Coriolanus with Morgan Freeman and Denzel Washington, both at the Delacorte Theater in New York’s Central Park. He did Watch on the Rhine and Much Ado About Nothing at Baltimore’s Center Stage. At Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage he performed in Galileo, The Suicide, Animal Crackers and Undiscovered Country. He was in JoAnn Akalaitis’s Greencard at the Mark Taper Forum, and at La Jolla Playhouse, he was Prospero in The Tempest. He played in La Olla, adapted by Evelina Fernández from Plautus’ The Golden Pot, both at Getty Villa and at Los Angeles Theatre Center. For 14 years, he has ‘channeled’ The Bishop in The Virgen of Guadalupe, a massive annual presentation at the Cathedral of Los Angeles, directed by José Luis Valenzuela. For television he most recently guest starred in “Jane the Virgin” opposite Rita Moreno. His memorable film credits include Terminator II, The Usual Suspects, The Mexican, The Alamo, Beverly Hills Chihuahua II, Bless Me, Ultima and The Purge II.

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​​​Ricardo Gutierrez* (​Doctor Jorge Ramiro Mendoza/Casino Dealer/Cop) is delighted to be making his SCR debut in Destiny of Desire. He most recently appeared in the world premieres of Mother Road by Octavio Solis, The Upstairs Concierge by Kristoffer Diaz, Song for the Disappeared by Tanya Saracho and Fish Men by Cándido Tirado, all at Goodman Theatre. His other acting credits include In the Heights at Paramount Theatre in Chicago, the world premieres of Ground at the Humana Festival at the Actors Theatre of Louisville and The House on Mango Street at Steppenwolf Theatre. He has performed regionally at Denver Center Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago Children’s Theatre and Lookingglass Theatre. He has performed in numerous commercials, films and television shows including “Boss” on Starz network. He is the executive artistic director of Teatro Vista, the premiere Latino theatre company in the Midwest, where he leads an ensemble of actors, resident designers and playwrights. For Teatro Vista, he recently directed the world premiere of Parachute Men by Mando Alvardo. Gutierrez is the co-founder and director of the Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists of Chicago (ALTAchicago), a service organization dedicated to promoting and fostering Latino/a theatre artists in Chicago.

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​Ruth Livier* (​Fabiola Castillo) ​appeared at SCR previously in Lovers and Executioners, La Posada Mágica and Neva, which also was presented at the Kirk Douglas Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse. Her theatre credits include the premiere production of Karen Zacarías’ Just Like Us (Denver Theatre Center), A Perfect Wedding (world premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theatre), Lost Angeles (Elephant Theatre Company), The Indian Queen (Long Beach Opera), Sexo, Pudor y Lagrimas (The Met Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hedda Gabler (East L.A. Classic Theatre), Three Sisters (L.A. Diversified Theater Group), Latinologues (Wiltern Theatre, tour) and ‘dentity Crisis, The Threepenny Opera (Friends and Artists Theatre Ensemble). Livier’s extensive career spans television, film and voice work. She played Lolita opposite Val Kilmer’s Zorro in the Grammy Award-nominated The Mark of Zorro. She has guest-starred and recurred in numerous television shows and starred in Showtime’s groundbreaking “Resurrection Blvd.” She worked with director Sam Raimi in Drag Me to Hell, has toured with Eugenio Derbez, and has been directed by the iconic Franco Zeffirelli. Her animation credits include “Elena of Avalor,” “King of the Hill” and “Handy Manny.” A digital media pioneer, Livier was featured on the cover of the Writers Guild of America’s Written By magazine. She is the first writer to join that union via new media. She won the first web series award in Imagen Awards history. LivierProductions.com/Ylse.net/@LivierProds

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​​​Mauricio Mendoza* (​Ernesto del Rio) appeared at SCR previously in La Posada Mágica. His selected theatre credits include In The Heights, Water & Power, School of the Americas, Nine, Into the Woods, Zoot Suit, West Side Story, Man of La Mancha, Evita, Much Ado about Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Lalo Guerrero, Romeo and Juliet and Cesar and Ruben. He appeared for three seasons as a series regular on Showtime’s “Resurrection Blvd.,” as well as one season on “Angeles” and “Hacienda Heights” and he just completed the series “La Quinceañera,” playing Reynaldo Santos. His other selected television and film credits include “Criminal Minds,” “East Los High,” “Hit the Floor,” “Law & Order: LA,” “The Nine Lives of Chloe King,” “Judging Amy,” “24,” “King of Queens,” “NCIS,” “Lincoln Heights,” “Cold Case,” “Undercovers,” “Days of Our Lives,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” Zephyr Springs, Dawn Patrol, The Shifting, Larceny, Quinto Piso, Por Tu Culpa, Blow, After School and Ladrones. He serves as executive producer on a web series called “Encounters” and owns the film producing company True Form Films with his wife, actress/producer Yeniffer Behrens-Mendoza.

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​Ella Saldana North* (​Victoria Maria del Rio/Nurse 1) is thrilled to be back at South Coast Repertory. Last year, she originated the role of Victoria in the world premiere of Destiny of Desire at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and this summer, she again was directed by José Luis Valenzuela in the epic A Mexican Trilogy: An American Story with the Latino Theater Company. Her past SCR credits include Ivy + Bean, the Musical (Bean); Jane of the Jungle (Kayla); and Anastasia Krupnik (Elisa). Her other regional credits include The Anatomy of Gazellas (Alex) with Playwrights’ Arena; Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (María Elena) with Theatre League; and Family Planning (Jilly) at Chalk Repertory, for which she received an Ovation Award nomination for Best Featured Actress. She also has worked with Pasadena Playhouse, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Theatre of NOTE and the National Theatre for Children, among others. Her television credits include “Jane the Virgin,” “Criminal Minds,” “The Cleveland Show” and “The Lebrons.” Her film credits include Street Level, Cry Now and Dulce. She received her BA in theatre from UC, San Diego. ella-north.com

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​Rosino Serrano (​Agustin Lara Jr./Pianist) is making his SCR debut. Born in Spain, Serrano has been part of the musical scene of Mexico since the early ’80s and, for the last two decades, he has shared his professional life between New York, Los Angeles and Mexico City. He has served as a composer and musical director for a large number of theatrical productions including credits with Thalia Spanish Theatre and Central Park SummerStage in New York City; Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.; and Mexico’s Organización Secreta and Compañía Nacional de Teatro. Since 2012, he has been a regular collaborator with the Latino Theater Company in L.A. where, most recently, he was the musical director for A Mexican Trilogy: An American Story, directed by José Luis Valenzuela. A renowned film composer, Serrano has scored iconic features such as the Oscar-nominated The Crime of Father Amaro, Santitos and Walkout, directed by Edward James Olmos. As a pianist, musical director, composer, arranger, orchestrator, conductor or producer, he has worked alongside some of the most prominent artists in the Hispanic arena, including Eugenia León, Armando Manzanero, Santana, Ivan Lins, Camila, Tania Libertad and many others. He has produced more than 30 albums for both independent and major labels. A graduate of Manhattan School of Music, he currently is a faculty member at ITESM in Mexico City and an artistic member of Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte. rosinoserrano.com
Creative Team
José Luis Valenzuela (Director) is the artistic director of the Latino Theater Company (LTC), and The Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC) and is also a distinguished professor and head of the MFA directing program at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. Valenzuela is an award-winning theatre director and has been a visionary and an advocate for Chicano/Latino theatre for more than 30 years. He has directed critically acclaimed productions at major theatres, both internationally and nationally, including LATC where he created the Latino Theatre Lab in 1985 and the Mark Taper Forum where he established the Latino Theatre Initiative in 1991. Most recently, he directed Evelina Fernández’s A Mexican Trilogy: An American Story for the Latino Theater Company at LATC. Nationally, he has directed Destiny of Desire at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and will be directing it at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago later this season. His other international directing credits include Peer Gynt at the Ibsen Theater in Norway and Manuel Puig’s Kiss of the Spider Woman at the National Theatre of Norway.

François-Pierre Couture (Scenic Design) is originally from Montreal, but has had the privilege of working in Los Angeles and throughout the United States for the last decade as a scenic, lighting and projection designer. His multifaceted and dynamic approach to his craft has given him the opportunity to work across multiple environments and venues and it is with very great enthusiasm that he returns to SCR this season. Some of his designs include James and the Giant Peach, Pinocchio and The Light Princess at SCR; Destiny of Desire at Arena Stage; The Mexican Trilogy: an American History at the Los Angeles Theatre Center; Médée and Teseo for the Chicago Opera Theatre; A Picasso at Geffen Playhouse; Beethoven as I Knew Him at Geffen Playhouse, The Old Globe in San Diego and the Water Tower in Chicago; Wood Boy Dog Fish with the Rogue Artist Ensemble; Everything You Touch for Rattlestick productions at the Cherry Lane Theatre and The Theatre @ Boston Court; The Year of Magical Thinking at Laguna Playhouse; Death of a Salesgirl at Bootleg Theater; The Children at The Theatre @ Boston Court; and Metamorphoses and Woyzeck at the Santa Barbara Ensemble Theatre. For more information: fpcouture.com


Julie Weiss (Costume Design) is making her SCR design debut. Her Broadway credits include The Elephant Man (Tony nomination), Piaf, Macbeth and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Scarlett Johansson. Her extensive regional theatre credits include work at the Mark Taper Forum and Cleveland Play House, among many others. She won Emmy Awards for The Dollmaker and A Woman of Independent Means, and her work was Emmy-nominated for Mrs. Harris, Evergreen, Little Gloria Happy at Last and Liza Minelli: Radio City. She received Oscar nominations for Frida and 12 Monkeys and won the Costume Designer Guild Award for American Beauty and Blades of Glory. Her other films include Bastards, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Get Low, The Freshman, Steel Magnolias, The Ring, Hitchcock and the soon-to-be-released November Criminals. She designed pilots for Steve Zaillan’s “The Night Of” and “Criminal Justice” and Sam Raimi’s “Rake,” and the past three Academy Award ceremonies. She recently received the Costume Designers Guild’s Career Achievement Award. She attended UC Berkeley, where she is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and received her masters from Brandeis University. She also has been on the faculty of Stanford University and was a visiting professor at UCLA.

Pablo Santiago (Lighting Design) is the winner of the StageRaw Award 2015 and has been nominated for the Ovation Award and for the LA Weekly Award. His designs have been seen at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Paramount Theatre in Boston, San Francisco Symphony, The Broad museum, Ensemble Theatre Company of Santa Barbara, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Getty Villa, REDCAT, The Broad Theater, Opera Santa Barbara, Soundbox in San Francisco, The Annenberg Space for Photography, Su Teatro in Denver, ODC in SF, among others. Recent highlights include Breaking The Waves (opera) at the Perelman Theater for OperaPhila and for Prototype at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in NYC, Das Klagende Lied by Mahler at San Francisco Symphony, Summer Happenings at The Broad museum and The Mexican Trilogy: An American Story at The Los Angeles Theatre Center. His upcoming projects include Destiny of Desire at Goodman Theatre in Chicago and Flight at Opera Omaha. Santiago has designed for theatre, music, dance and film throughout Southern California for the past 15 years. Follow him on Instagram: @pablosdesign

John Zalewski (Sound Design) has been designing for live performance since his experience with the late Reza Abdoh in the early 1990s. His work has been seen at Arena Stage, Guthrie Theater, Portland Center Stage, Alliance Theater, SCR, Humana Festival of New American Plays, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Getty Villa, Disney Hall, Geffen Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, Evidence Room, The Theatre @ Boston Court, Padua Playwrights and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. He has received seven LA Stage Alliance Ovation awards and 26 nominations, seven LA Weekly Awards (including Career Achievement), two StageRaw awards, three Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards and 10 Backstage Garland awards. He recently designed The Mexican Trilogy: An American Story with Latino Theater Company and composed and designed The Day Shall Declare It, an immersive performance with This is the Wilderness in London and Los Angeles. He’s happy to be back with his Latino Theater/SCR collaborators for this version of Destiny of Desire.

Rosino Serrano (Composer/Music Director) see bio above.

​Robert Barry Fleming (​Choreography) is the associate artistic director at Cleveland Play House. Formerly the director of artistic programming at Arena Stage, he has worked as a director, choreographer and actor in many of the leading resident theatres across the country (including The Public Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Guthrie Theater, La Jolla Playhouse and The Old Globe). His work has been represented on Broadway (Stand-Up Tragedy, Ragtime) and in television and film, including the Oscar-winner, L.A. Confidential. He was an associate producer for the NYC revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Two-Character Play starring Amanda Plummer and Brad Dourif. He served as associate professor and chair of the Theatre Arts and Performance Studies Department at the University of San Diego. He also has taught in The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Acting MFA Program. Fleming was a Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Charles Abbott Directing Fellow, San Diego Critics Circle Craig Noel Award winner, is a two-time honoree of the Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Direction of a Musical and is a Helen Hayes Award nominee for his work on Karen Zacarias’ Destiny of Desire at Arena Stage.

Bree Sherry* (Stage Manager) has previously worked off-Broadway on These Paper Bullets! (Atlantic Theater Company), Fringe Festival 2010, Magic Mouth (Kraine Theatre) and New York productions of American Gypsy (Abingdon Theatre with LXP Productions) and My Sweet Charlie. Her regional theatre credits include These Paper Bullets! (The Geffen Playhouse); Kiss Me Kate (Pasadena Playhouse); Princess & Pirates, A Sing-a-long Concert (Kirk Douglas Theatre with Lythgoe Family Panto), The Reduced History of Comedy Abridged, Talley’s Folly, Equally Divided, Stella & Lou, Devil’s Music and Mrs. Mannerly (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); Nutcracker and The Sun Also Rises (2012 The Washington Ballet); Bad Jews, The Motherf**ker with the Hat (Studio Theatre); A Christmas Carol (2011), A Doll House, Dial “M” for Murder, Masquerade, Steel Magnolias and The Sunset Limited (Triad Stage); and The Servant of Two Masters and Rough Crossing (Yale Repertory Theatre). She also is the Operations Manager for the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, touring stage manager with the Reduced Shakespeare Company and has served as the production manager for UC Santa Barbara’s theatre and dance departments. She has worked on the Latin Grammy Awards and the Drama Desk Awards. She earned her BA in technical production and design from Elon University and her MFA in stage management from Yale University, School of Drama.

Lilly Deerwater* (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to return to South Coast Repertory, where she previously worked on Tartuffe, Reunion, Trudy & Max in Love and 4000 Miles. Her theatre credits include the off-Broadway productions of Turn Me Loose (Westside Theatre), The Qualms, Placebo and Grand Concourse (Playwrights Horizons), Titus Andronicus (The Humanist Project), Double Falsehood (Letter of Marque), Empire Travel Agency (Woodshed Collective) and Everything is Here (Clubbed Thumb). Her regional credits include Design for Living, Benefactors, Same Time Next Year and Lion in Winter (Berkshire Theatre Group).

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

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Ella Saldana North, Esperanza America, Cástulo Guerra and Ruth Livier in 'Destiny of Desire.' Photo by Debora Robinson.
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Eduardo Enrikez and Esperanza America in '​​​Destiny of Desire.' Photo by Debora Robinson.
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Eduardo Enrikez and Ruth Livier in ​​​'Destiny of Desire.' Photo by Debora Robinson.
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Esperanza America, Cástulo Guerra, Ruth Livier and Ella Saldana North in '​​​Destiny of Desire.' Photo by Debora Robinson.
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Richardo Gutierrez, Ruth LIvier and Cástulo Guerra in '​​​Destiny of Desire.' Photo by Debora Robinson.
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Ella Saldana North, Elisa Bocanegra, Richardo Gutierrez and Mauricio Mendoza in '​​​Destiny of Desire.' Photo by Debora Robinson.
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