World Premiere of “Digna” play at YWCA of Southern Arizona

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Digna Theater’s first production is the play “DIGNA” by Patricia Davis. February 23-26 and March 2-5 at 7:30 pm at THEATRE @YWCA, 525 Bonita Street, Tucson AZ.

Digna is directed by Barclay Goldsmith, features Alba Jaramillo as Digna, and is accompanied with live music by Rebeca Cartes.

Performances: February 23-26 and March 2-5 at Theater@YWCA, 525 Bonita Avenue, Tucson AZ.

$15 general admission, $12 for students, and Thursday is pay-what-you-can day.

About Digna Ochoa

“In October 2001, renowned Mexican human rights lawyer Digna Ochoa was found shot dead in her Mexico City office. Ochoa’s death at the age of thirty-six was declared a suicide by Mexico City prosecutors, despite evidence pointing to foul-play, her receiving death threats, and attempts on her life.

Ochoa, a former nun, went on to represent farmers defending the environment in the state of Guerrero, Zapatista guerrillas in Chiapas, and indigenous peoples in her home state of Veracruz. In her pursuit of truth and justice she challenged powerful governmental agencies. She also uncovered torture and other abuses by the Mexican military and police.

Ochoa was twenty-four when she discovered a blacklist of union organizers and political activists in the office of the state attorney general. A few days later, she was kidnapped and raped. Her family and fellow human rights activists rejected the finding of death by suicide, and fought for the case to be re-opened. Ochoa’s case was reopened in 2005. Regrettably state prosecutors maintained suicide as the origin of her death.

About The Play

In this one woman play, Digna Ochoa, an internationally recognized Mexican indigenous civil rights attorney, returns from the dead to address an audience about the harrowing attacks she suffered in response to her defense of environmentalists by Mexican security forces. Holding a brutal army to account has a price. Forced to flee, she finally had to choose: Washington or Mexico—the safety of exile or the pull of her calling?

In light of the 43 disappeared students, she confronts the memory of her kidnapping, murder, and suppression of dissent. Based on her life and struggles, the play explores resistance – its modalities and costs – and its essential transformative power.

About The Playwright
Patricia Davis is a 2016 fellow in the Arena Stage play development program at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. Her plays include Alternative Methods (2010 NYC Fringe), Cleared (Kennedy Center’s 2013 Page-to-Stage Festival); and After the Blood (presented at La Mama in 2014). Former director of the Guatemala Human Rights Commission, she is co-author, with Dianna Ortiz, of The Blindfold’s Eyes.

Her articles on foreign policy have been published by the North American Congress on Latin America, the Copenhagen Initiative for Central America and Mexico, and the Center for International Policy and have appeared in The Nation, Foreign Policy in Focus, Counterpunch, and Common Dreams. She also writes theater reviews for HowlRound. She has published a collection of poetry (The Water that Broke You, 2014). Her poetry work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Davis holds an MFA from American University and a BA from Carleton College.”

www.dignatheater.org, 520-288-2714.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).