Karen Zacarías: Plays One

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Karen Zacarías was recently hailed by American Theater Magazine as one of the ten most produced playwrights in the US. Collected here for the first time are three of Zacarías' award-winning plays - Native Gardens, The Book Club Play, and Destiny of Desire - three works that explore American and Latino life today with Zacarías' trademark humour, heart, and narrative wit.

The Book Club Play is a hit comedy about books and the people who love them. When the members of a devoted book club become the subjects of a documentary filmmaker and accept a provocative new member, their long-standing group dynamics take a hilarious turn. Sprinkled with wit, joy and novels galore.

In Destiny of Desire begins on a stormy night in Bellarica, Mexico.  Two baby girls are born -- one into a life of privilege and one into a life of poverty. When the newborns are swapped by a former beauty queen with an insatiable lust for power the stage is set for two outrageous misfortunes to grow into one remarkable destiny.

Native Gardens is a hilarious hot-button comedy. You can't choose your neighbors. In this brilliant new comedy, cultures and gardens clash, turning well-intentioned neighbors into feuding enemies. Pablo, a rising attorney, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, have just purchased a home next to Frank and Virginia, a well-established D.C. couple with a prize-worthy English garden. But an impending barbeque for Pablo's colleagues and a delicate disagreement over a long-standing fence line soon spirals into an all-out border dispute, exposing both couples' notions of race, taste, class and privilege.