Native Gardens

by Karen Zacarías
directed by Blake Robison
McGuire Proscenium Stage

Overview

A hilarious hot-button comedy

You can’t choose your neighbors. In this brilliant new comedy, cultures and gardens clash, turning well-intentioned neighbors into feuding enemies. Pablo, a rising attorney, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, have just purchased a home next to Frank and Virginia, a well-established D.C. couple with a prize-worthy English garden. But an impending barbeque for Pablo’s colleagues and a delicate disagreement over a long-standing fence line soon spirals into an all-out border dispute, exposing both couples’ notions of race, taste, class and privilege.

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2 yards. 1 fence. 90 minutes of hilarity! 

Stage Craft with Joseph Tilford

Scenic design is "a form of communication that is not using words," according to Scenic Designer Joseph Tilford. Hear a bit about how he uses design to bring audiences into the world of Native Gardens.

Photos

Jacqueline Correa, Dan Domingues, Sally Wingert and Steve Hendrickson in Native Gardens. Photo by Dan Norman.

Jacqueline Correa and Sally Wingert in Native Gardens. Photo by Dan Norman.

Sally Wingert and Steve Hendrickson in Native Gardens. Photo by Dan Norman.

Sally Wingert, Jacqueline Correa, Dan Domingues and Steve Hendrickson in Native Gardens. Photo by Dan Norman.

Sally Wingert and Jacqueline Correa in Native Gardens. Photo by Dan Norman.

Jacqueline Correa and Dan Domingues in Native Gardens. Photo by Dan Norman.

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Review

“The best stage comedy of the summer”

Read the Star Tribune review. 

Review

“One of the funniest shows to hit the Guthrie stage in the last few seasons.”

Read the Pioneer Press review

Review

“A perfect summer play… Sharp, witty writing, lots of laughs, a strong cast, a beautiful set, a sense of currency and immediacy, and an ideal summer length.”

Read the MinnPost.com review. 

Artists

Cast

Jacqueline Correa

Tania Del Valle

Dan Domingues

Pablo Del Valle

Pedro Juan Fonseca

Surveyor/ Landscape Technician

Steve Hendrickson

Frank Butley

Reyna Rios

Building Inspector/ Landscape Technician/ Nanny

Sally Wingert

Virginia Butley

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Creative

Joseph Haj

Artistic Director

Karen Zacarías

Playwright

Blake Robison

Director

Joseph Tilford

Scenic Designer

Kara Harmon

Costume Designer

Xavier Pierce

Lighting Designer

Scott W. Edwards

Sound Designer

Placeholder for Joe Payne

Joe Payne

Original Sound Design

Jo Holcomb

Dramaturg

Lucinda Holshue

Vocal Coach

Aaron Preusse

Fight Director

Michele Hossle

Stage Manager

Jason Clusman

Assistant Stage Manager

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