Playwright, Macbeth, Richard III
Migdalia Cruz is a Bronx-born, award-winning playwright, lyricist, translator,...
Migdalia Cruz is a Bronx-born, award-winning playwright, lyricist, translator, and librettist of more than 60 works including: El Grito Del Bronx, Salt, Yellow Eyes, Satyricoño, Latins In La-La Land, Dreams of Home and Frida, produced in venues—across the U.S. and abroad—including INTAR, BAM, Mabou Mines, Old Red Lion, National Theater of Greece, Houston Grand Opera, Ateneo Puertorriqueño, Teatro Vista, and CollaborAction. An alumna of New Dramatists, she was named the 2013 Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright, and was awarded a 2016 NYFA grant for playwriting. Migdalia was nurtured by Sundance, the Lark, and by María Irene Fornés at INTAR. She was a writer-in-residence at Latino Chicago Theater Company from 1990-1998, premiering several plays including: Miriam’s Flowers, Lucy Loves Me, Cigarettes & Moby-Dick, Fur, Lunes Lunatico, Che-Che-Che: a latin fugue in 5/8 time, and Lolita de Lares, which received a 20th anniversary production at Chicago’s Urban Theater Company in 2016. Migdalia has taught the Fornés Playwriting Workshop for three years at Notre Dame University (Chicago) in conjunction with Anne Garcia-Romero and taught master classes at several universities including UNM, Brown, & Yale and was an artist-in residence and a visiting professor at Princeton in Spring 2018, which commissioned her to write The Book of Miaou for the Latinx Commons Convening, honoring María Irene Fornés, organized by Brian E. Herrera. Her many published works include an anthology of four of her works, EL GRITO DEL BRONX & other plays, published by NoPassport Press, ed. by Caridad Svich; Monologues For Latino/a Actors & Scenes For Latinx Actors: Voices of the New American Theatre, ed. Espinosa & DeCure.
2018-19 Projects: THE BOOK OF MIAOU:Don’t Drink Everything Your Mother Pours You @Berlind Theatre with Princeton University (Spring 2018); MACBETH @ Actors Shakespeare Project (Boston, Fall 2018) and the African-American Shakespeare Company (San Francisco, Summer 2019); FUR @Teatro Dallas (Spring 2019) and Boundless Theatre@NextDoor@NYTW (Fall 2019); and her heart project, Never Moscow about Chekhov, consumption, marriage and the writing of Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard.
Her modern translations of Macbeth & Richard The Third, for OSF’s Play On! has been an amazing journey with her cohorts in crime, brilliant U.K. actress Ishia Bennison, and dramaturgical spitfire Lue Douthit. Many thanks to the Lark, New Dramatists, Hero Theatre, CSC & the Hitz Foundation and all the wonderful actors, directors, stage managers, & producers who helped bring these texts to life.
Since her only child, Antonia, is at CalArts for a BFA in acting, she feels blessed to have work and takes none of it for granted. Especially the words.
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Dramaturg, Macbeth, Richard III
Ishia Bennison has worked as an actor/ producer since she was seventeen....
Ishia Bennison has worked as an actor/ producer since she was seventeen. Her first introduction to Migdalia Cruz was in London when she produced and performed in Miriam’s Flowers, a wonderful play written by Migdalia. Little did we know that nearly 30 years later we’d have the pleasure of reuniting and working together on on Macbeth and Richard III for OSF. We’ve had a blast.
Romeo and Juliet and Merry Wives of Windsor, Mad World My Masters and Candide (RSC and national tour); Julius Caesar (Donmar, all female version); The Importance of Being Earnest (The Rose, Hong Kong Festival); Our Private Life (Royal Court); The Canterbury Tales (tour and The Rose), A Couple Of Poor, Polish Speaking Romanians(Soho Theatre); A New Way To Please You, Sejanus -His Fall, Speaking Like Magpies, Cymbeline, Measure for Measure (Royal Shakespeare Company); Bites (Bush Theatre); Strange Orchestra, Mother Courage (Orange Tree); Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (Manchester Library); Arabian Nights (Young Vic Company); Antony and Cleopatra (BAM New York), A Midsummer Night Dream (Brazil tour), Merry Wives (India tour), Richard III (Riverside Studios & The Tower of London) Poetry Or Bust, Samson Agonistes, Romeo and Juliet (Northern Broadsides); Medea (Lilian Baylis); Les Miserables (Nottingham Playhouse) Turcaret (Gate); One For The Road (Meridian Prods.); Educating Rita (Oxford Playhouse); Red Devils (Liverpool Playhouse).
Television and Film includes:
Happy Valley – two seasons; New Tricks; Last Tango in Halifax; True Dare Kiss; At Home With The Braithwaites – four seasons; Holby City; Emmerdale; Coronation Street; Burnside; Love Hurts; Give And Take; Mother’s Day; Story Teller; Bread; Eastenders; Much Ado About Nothing; Mitch: A Family Affair; Kessler; Bid For Power; King David with Richard Gere; Anno Domini; The Awakening; Jesus Of Nazareth.
Producer of 7 documentaries for BBC and Channel 4
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- 2:00pm - Antony and Cleopatra
Antony and Cleopatra
Translation by Christopher Chen
- 7:00pm - Macbeth
Translation by Migdalia Cruz
- 7:00pm - Coriolanus
Translation by Sean San José
- 7:00pm - Winter’s Tale
Translation by Tracy Young