In Karen Zacarías's Mariela in the Desert, this years nod to the Latino community by the Denver Center Theatre Company, a young woman artist returns to her desert home in Mexico to visit her father, also an artist, under the assumption that hes dying. Its a story of how they come to terms with one another and with the meaning of a mysterious unfinished painting of the fathers. The result is essentially a family drama, notes DCTC spokesman Chris Wiger, and not necessarily one with a strictly Latino perspective. Adding to the experience, Wiger adds, is Vicki Smiths downright stunning set design, inspired by the works of Mexican artists from the 50s, when the play takes place.
Mariela opens for previews tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Ricketson Theatre, Denver Performing Arts Complex, and continues with shows daily except Sundays through May 15. For tickets, $18 to $54, visit www.denvercenter.org or call 303-893-4100.
Fridays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Mondays-Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Starts: April 2. Continues through May 15, 2010