Destiny of Desire


McGuire Proscenium Stage


April 30 – June 5, 2022

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Tickets go on sale September 21, 2021.

A music-filled comedy

The joys, tribulations and plot twists of epic love are bursting onstage in Karen Zacarías’ brilliantly funny homage to the telenovela. On a stormy night in Bellarica, Mexico, two babies are born — one into a life of outlandish wealth, and one into a life of poverty. When the newborns are swapped by a ruthless ex-beauty queen, the stage is set for two outrageous misfortunes to grow into an extraordinary destiny. Directed with wit and verve by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson and filled with vibrant choreography and live music, this exuberant production explores the emotional rollercoaster and social commentary that make the telenovela the most popular form of storytelling on the planet.

Three things to know: 

  • Karen Zacarías is currently one of the most produced playwrights in the U.S. Her works include an adaptation of How the Garcia Girls Lost Their AccentsThe Book Club PlayMariela in the Desert and The Sins of Sor Juana, which won the 2000 Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play.
  • The play can be aptly summed up in its subtitle: An Unapologetic Telenovela in Two Acts.
  • In 2017, the Guthrie produced Zacarías’ acclaimed comedy Native Gardens, which also played on the proscenium.

Ticket prices

Tickets go on sale September 21, 2021.

Venue info

Destiny of Desire will take place on the McGuire Proscenium Stage.

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