Destiny of Desire


McGuire Proscenium Stage

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

Prices range from $15 to $80.

Pro tip: Preview performances start at $15 (April 30 – May 5). Hurry, these go quickly! 

Health and safety

At this time, all ticket holders must wear masks and show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 PCR test with a valid photo ID to attend a performance at the theater. Ticket holders under age 18 may provide a school photo ID or an official school document with the student’s name.

Venue info

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

Pro tip: Can't do stairs or have a special seating request? Call the Box Office for details. 


ASL-interpreted, audio-described and open-captioned performances are available on select dates.

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Relaxed performance 

The Guthrie will offer a relaxed performance of Destiny of Desire on Sunday, May 29 at 1 p.m. Although these performances are open to all patrons, they are intentionally modified to accommodate patrons with sensory and vestibular sensitivities, anxiety, dementia, autism spectrum disorders, learning differences or challenges attending the theater.

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Tuesday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. 

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