In May of 2014, we presented a free reader’s theatre version of Stranger by award-winning playwright Martin Zimmerman at Annex Theatre. This powerful script was read by Idalia Limon, Gabriel Sedgmore, Rochelle Flynn, and Fernando Cavallo. Robert Harkins directed this moving drama. Annex Theater generously allowed us to use their space.
The play blends elements of magic realism and Hitchcockian overtones. It tells the story of the lasting impacts on survivors of the so-called “dirty wars” of the 1980s in Latin America, funded covertly by the US government. The daughter of a woman who mourns the son who was taken away from her when he was a child hires a homeless veteran of the recent revolution to pretend that he was a war buddy of the son. When meeting the mother, he finds it difficult to lie to her and she insists on taking him home, where he inveigles his way into the hearts of both mother and daughter.
The reading led to a vigorous post-performance discussion with the audience.