The mission of Teatro Dignidad is to produce plays and foster art movements which call for the recognition of the inherent dignity of all human beings, within the spirit advancing the inalienable and fundamental freedoms of all human beings as declared in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
WHAT IS TEATRO DIGNIDAD?
Teatro Dignidad is an call for Dignity.
Within the spirit advancing the inalienable and fundamental freedoms of all human beings as declared in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the mission of Teatro Dignidad is to produce plays and foster art movements which call for the recognition of the inherent dignity of all human beings.
Back by Popular Demand, Teatro Dignidad presents “Digna” by Patricia Davis.
“Digna’s” World Premiere took place in February of 2017 at the YWCA under the direction of Barclay Goldsmith and featuring Alba Jaramillo. After 8 sold-out performances and standing ovations, Teatro Dignidad is relaunching “Digna,” now both English and Spanish.
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-seven 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 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 Howl Round. 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.