Esperanza Rising

Credits: Assistant Director, Violinist and Ensemble

Esperanza Rising
By Lynne Alvarez
Based on the book by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Directed by Lisa Portes, October-November 2015
The Theatre School at DePaul University

Cast (in order of appearance):
Paola Sanchez Abreu - Esperanza
Aida Delaz - Hortensia
Julia Atkin - Ramona
John Francis DeCesare - Tío Luis/Alfonso
Nicole Lockard - Marielena/Wealthy American Daughter/Marta
Talia Payomo - Servant Girl/Isabel
Claire Allegra Taylor - Marielena's Mother/Modesta
Michael Cohen - Miguel
Brian Healy - Don Sixto/"Mailman" Migrant Worker

Scenic Design: Maggie Armendariz
Costume Design: Hailey Rakowiecki
Lighting Design: Jamie Davis
Sound Design: Sadie Tremblay
Dramaturgy: Lauren Quinlan
Stage Management: Emily Mills

Esperanza loves fancy dresses, pretty dolls, and birthday parties, but when tragedy hits her home in beautiful Mexico, she is forced to flee to the United States where things are very different for her. Facing new challenges, Esperanza learns to take care of herself and her family. In the process, she discovers her own power to create a new home.

Photos courtesy of Michael Brosilow