From Breath of Fire Theater Ensemble:
In Digging Up the Dirt, the plot thematically interweaves two murder stories. One is the tale of “Sirena Cantante’s” murderer, “Josefa Zanzibar,” serving a life sentence, while engaging in lesbian romances and being mercilessly visited by the probing “Poet.” The second is an intimate account of the murder of “Amada,” a Chicana lesbian killed by the hand of her own son. Through the telling of both stories, alternately satirical and tragic, audience members are held accountable for their own “crimes of passion” and the play becomes a kind of moving mirror to all our unacknowledged “murderous” deeds of the heart.
The production will feature two CalArts alumni, Virginia Grise (Theater MFA 07) and Anthony Castillo (Theater MFA 11), as the leading roles of “Poet” and “Zanzibar,” respectively. Grise, who is also an emerging playwright, recently won the 2010 Yale Drama Series Award for her play, blu. For this project, she is an artist mentee to Moraga, a relationship made made possible by Master Artist Grant through the National Association for Latino Arts and Culture.