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West Coast Premiere

Azul

Nov 18 - DEC 19, 2021
Opening NOV 27

By C. Quintana
Directed by Maria Patrice Amon

About the Show

Memories of Yadra’s childhood in Castro’s Cuba come flooding back as Alzheimer’s sets in, inspiring her daughter Zelia to connect with her heritage. With her wife by her side, Zelia sets out on a journey to excavate family secrets and discover a love that led her mother’s beloved tía-abuela to remain in Cuba. Spanning two countries and three generations, Azul fuses music and memory to explore a romance for the ages and the true language of love.

About the Writer

C. QUINTANA, or CQ (she/her, any) is a queer writer with Cuban and Louisiana roots. There is “other” and “in-between” in all of us; CQ tells stories that mine the misconception of dissimilarity and proclaim, “You are not alone.” Her plays and musicals have been developed and produced with companies including Barrington Stage Company, Southern Rep, INTAR, Lark Play Development Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Astoria Performing Arts Center, and more. Her play Scissoring is published and available for licensing via Dramatists Play Service and a monologue from AZUL, which was featured on the 2017 Kilroys List and had its world premiere at Southern Rep as part of the 2019 Tennessee Williams/Saints and Sinners Literary Festival, is published in The Kilroys List: Volume 2. She is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from WP Theater, MacDowell (Ernest and Red Heller Fellow), Playwrights Realm, Van Lier/New Voices at The Lark, CubaOne, Queer/Art, and Lambda Literary, as well as commissions from Audible, The Civilians, Palo Alto Playhouse, EST/Alfred P. Sloan Project, Peppercorn Theatre Company, and more. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University.

Show Details

Stay tuned for details about the Azul cast.

Maria Patrice Amon (Director)

Elizabeth Barron (Assistant Director)

Verónica Márquez (Stage Manager)

Winston Limauge (Lighting Designer)

Andrew Gutierrez (Sound Design)

Samantha Rojales (Scenic Design)

Faith Steenbergen (Costume Design)

Alyssa Kane (Properties Design)

Sam Moore (Technical Direction)

Christie Curran (Charge Artist)

Special Events

Performances run Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. More information can be obtained by calling our box office at (619) 220-0097.

Low Cost Previews
Thursday, November 18th – Friday, November 26th

First Fridays for the Military
Friday, November 19th at 8pm To say thank you to those that serve, Diversionary offers complimentary tickets. Email boxoffice@diversionary.org for more information. *date adjusted due to special event on September 24 GSA/

Youth Nights
Friday, November 19th at 8pm Calling all High Schoolers! Join us on either Friday night during Previews for our GSA/Youth nights and get tickets for only $5.00! Call the Box Office for more details!

Opening Night
Saturday, November 27th, at 8pm
Pre and post show festivities – celebrate with the cast and company!

Student Matinee
Wednesday, December 1st, at 2pm
Free student matinee for teachers and students. Reach out to Skyler Sullivan, Director of Education and Outreach.

Backstage Thursdays: Designer Spotlight
Thursday, December 3rd, at 6pm
Join us in Clark Cabaret before the show to meet the Design Team, see a display of the concepts used in producing the show and hear the influences and process involved. A fun pre-show experience! The pre-show event starts at 6pm before the 7pm performance.

Industry Night
Monday, December 6th, at 7pm
Theatre Professionals enjoy a special discount to our only Monday evening performance! Pay-What-You-Can at the door, or $10 in advance.

Backstage Thursdays: Director Happy Hour
Thursday, December 9th, at 6pm
Join Executive Artistic Director, Matt M. Morrow and Director Maria Patrice Amon in the Clark Cabaret for a chance to chat before the show! Pre Show event begins at 6pm, performance at 7pm.

Backstage Thursdays: Next Act!
Thursday, December 16th, at 6pm
Join Director Executive Artistic Director, Matt M. Morrow and BEST LESBIAN EROTICA Director Kym Pappas for a discussion about the next show, AZUL, in the Clark Cabaret for a chance to chat before the show! Pre-Show event at 6pm, performance at 7pm.

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About Season 36: Homecoming

Diversionary bursts back into action in Season 36 with the opening of our newly renovated theatre complex, adding a third performance venue with The Austin & Joann Clark Cabaret, and four new works on our Mainstage exploring how our LGBTQ community defines home.

Decade Sponsor: Joann Clark
Season Sponsor: Bob Grinkchuk, In Memory of Reuel Olin

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