Espejos: Clean set for Studio Theatre in Washington DC

Aug 21, 2023
Espejos: Clean at Studio Theatre in Washington DC

Studio Theatre welcomes the cast and crew for their upcoming production of Christine Quintana's Espejos: Clean, a potent look at isolation and the power of being seen, told in the voices of two women from very different places. Elena Araoz will direct the show, and the two-woman cast will feature Legna Cedillo as Adriana and Lauren Karaman as Sarah. Featuring Spanish translation by Paula Zelaya Cervantes, the production will be Studio's first foray into bilingual theater, with dialogue equally split between Spanish and English (with English and Spanish surtitles projected via digital screens).

Espejos: Clean at Studio Theatre

Set in Cancun, Mexico, Espejos: Clean tells the stories of two women whose lives converge at a destination wedding. The unique bi-lingual format will give the audience an opportunity to hear these characters' words in the most authentic and naturalistic voices possible.

Adriana manages the housekeeping staff at a CancĂșn resort, 200 miles and a world away from the home she left. Sarah, sister of the bride and the self-declared disaster of the family, is just trying to keep it together at this destination wedding. When a storm floods the roads and forces the women together, a series of misunderstandings breaks open the secrets both women have taught themselves to ignore. A bilingual play with Spanish and English supertitles, Espejos: Clean is a potent look at isolation, the power of being seen, and the ways people can grow around their own damaged places.

"There are a number of reasons I was drawn to Espejos: Clean for Studio," said Studio Artistic Director David Muse. "It has two parts that are true gifts to actors, a sense of theatrical scale that is both epic and intimate, and writing that is poetic and political, rife with misunderstandings and the opportunity for unexpected recognition between two very different people. We've been watching Canadian theatre for a while, and Christine is a vibrant voice from that dynamic scene."