Join the Fayetteville Public Library for a live taping of Ozarks-at-Large on Wednesday, June 11 at 6:00pm with host Kyle Kellams. Kellams interviews nationally acclaimed playwright Karen Zacarias about her newest work, Just Like Us, slated for its first public performance at TheatreSquared’s 2014 Arkansas New Play Festival.
Based on Helen Thorpe’s bestselling book, this new play follows four Latina girls whose immigration status begins to erode their opportunities. The audience will get to see a sneak preview selection from the play and Kyle will lead a conversation with Karen Zacarias, TheatreSquared’s Artistic Director Bob Ford, and Tlaloc Rivas, director of Just Like Us, about the play and the craft of playwriting. Highlights from the show will be broadcast at a later date on KUAF. This program is made possible through FPL’s author series and its’ partnership with TheatreSquared.
Karen Zacarias’ plays have been produced throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. She is the multi-award winning author of Mariela in the Desert, The Sins of Sor Juana, Legacy of Light, and adaptation of How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents, the Book Club Play and others. In addition, she has written numerous musical plays for young people.
Zacarias is currently the playwright in residence at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and teaches playwriting at Georgetown University. She is the founding artistic director of Young Playwrights’ Theater, an award winning non-profit dedicated to enhancing literacy, arts empowerment, and conflict resolution through playwriting in D.C. area schools.
A reception for Karen Zacarias will be held in the FPL Walker Room from 5:00-6:00.