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March 17 - April 9

Destiny of Desire

Produced by: Garden Theatre
Directed by: Melissa Crespo
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Thursdays – Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

Industry Night: Monday, April 3 at 8pm

A telenovela-inspired modern comedy by award-winning playwright Karen Zacarías brings music, high drama and burning passion to the stage. One stormy night in Bellarica, Mexico, two baby girls are born—one into privilege and the other into poverty. A former beauty queen with an insatiable lust for power swaps the babies and the stage is set for two outrageous misfortunes to grow into one remarkable destiny. Winner of the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, this Southeastern United States Premiere is sure to seduce audiences as they travel on a fast-paced ride in this “show within a show.”

Tickets: $28 ($24 students/seniors)

Special discounted pricing for opening night, industry night, and Thursday performances.

If you are a telenovela or soap opera fan, this outrageous melodrama is for you!


This project is made possible by a grant from Duke Energy through United Arts of Central Florida.

This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.  This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida.

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By Karen Zacarías


About the Author

Karen Zacarías has written award-winning plays including 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 Accent and many more. She collaborated on the libretto for Sleepy Hollow and Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises for the Washington Ballet. The 2016 season will see world premieres of her plays Destiny of Desire at Arena Stage; Native Gardens at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Oliverio: 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. She is one of the inaugural resident playwrights at Arena Stage and is a core founder of the Latino Theatre Commons. She is the founder of Young Playwrights’ Theater, an award-winning theater company that teaches playwriting in local public schools in Washington, D.C.

Her awards include: New Voices Award, 2010 Steinberg Citation-Best New Play, Paul Aneillo Award, National Francesca Primus Prize, New Voices Award, National Latino Play Award, Finalist Susan Blackburn, Helen Hayes for Outstanding New Play.


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If you are a telenovela or soap opera fan, this outrageous melodrama is for you!