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THE GUADALUPE by Carol Carpenter Receives World Premiere Reading to be Presented by On the Square Productions, 11/26

Carol Carpenter's familial drama The Guadalupe will be presented by On the Square Productions' Write Angle Reading series at University Settlement on November 26th at 7:30pm in Speyer Hall where On the Square Productions is an Artist-In-Residence for their 2012-2013 season. The play will be directed by David Stallings.

Playwright Carol Carpenter writes about small-town people in the American Southwest, where the Mexican border, the cowboy, the oil business, the Bible Belt and the poor collide to form a landscape of conflict. Her work has been developed with Barrow Group, MTWorks, On the Square Productions, American Southwest Theater Company (NM), Acadiana Repertory Theater (LA), and the Greer Garson Theater Center (NM). Her play Good Lonely People won the Audience Favorite Award at the 2010 National NewBorn Play Festival and was produced by MTWorks at the 2010 Planet Connections Festivity, where it won Best Play and was nominated for six awards; it is published by IndieTheaterNow. Sweet, Sweet Spirit was developed at Planet Connections 2011, where it was nominated for Best Reading; it also won the 2012 High Desert Play Festival and was produced at New Mexico State University in conjunction with the American Southwest Theater in October 2012. Her play Wild Dogs will be published by IndieTheaterNow in 2013. More about her work at www.carolcarpenterwrites.com.

Director David Stallings is an award winning New York based director, actor, and playwright whose work has been seen across the country. He is the founding Artistic Director of MTWorks, a theater company in NYC focused on finding new voices from across the country and bringing them to the City. David is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

About the play: On the first night of the annual chile harvest, the Northrip-Valle family farm becomes the target of a cartel territory war. But why? As gunmen surround The Farmhouse in the dark hours of night, the family unite to strategize their escape. But as family secrets unravel and politics collide, they learn that the more they uncover, the less they understand about the rapidly changing world just outside their door - and inside themselves. The Guadalupe explores the changing economic and political realities of America's rural borderland, and the greed and desperation that fuels it.

Cast includes: Claudia Acosta*, Rachel Berger, Yadira De La Riva*, Trip Plymale*, Gerardo Rodriguez*, DT Sheridan, Tamara Torres*

*Actors Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association

Award winning theatre company On The Square Productions discovers and cultivates original works by established and emerging playwrights. Through our unique developmental laboratory, playwrights experiment to transform ideas into fully mounted productions. We are imaginative and innovative yet socially relevant and accessible. We produce work that is reflective of the world we live in, mindful of the past, with an eye focused on the future.

The Guadalupe by Carol Carpenter, November 26th 7:30PM at University Settlement (184 Eldridge St. at Rivington). Take the J/Z to Bowery, B/D to Grand St, F to Delancey St or 2nd Ave, and also J/M/Z to Essex St. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased cash only at the door. Please visit www.onthesquareproductions.com and University Settlement. 

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