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Destiny of Desire

Closed April 16, 2017

A wacky good time that you should definitely have.

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Why See Destiny of Desire?

Celebrating the Latin American telenova!

The Latin American telenova provides the basis for this stormingly funny comedy by Karen Zacarias that premiered in 2015 at the Women's Voices Theater Festival in DC. Exploring the themes of race, gender, class politics and dramas that have made the telenova a worldwide cultural phenomenon, Destiny Of Desire is a wickedly dark comedy drama that fans of the genre will love, and will no doubt entice new audiences to the television phenomenon long after the curtain falls.

What is it about?

In a storyline so incredible that it could only really be attributed to a telenova, our story begins on a stormy night in a Mexican hospital, where two baby girls are born to two very different families. One family is rich and successful with a weak, sickly baby; the other is impoverished, but their daughter is strong. However, the rich trophy wife is determined to secure her legacy, and swaps over the two girls, changing their destinies for ever. However, as the girls grow up into two very different women, their paths cross again with dramatic and hilarious results!

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Opening night: 11 March 2017


Suitable for ages 12+

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And before you stop reading

Images taken from the 2015 world premiere production

Cast and Creative


Esperanza America
Elisa Bocanegra
Eduardo Enrikez
Evelina Fernandez
Fidel Gomez
Castulo Guerra
Ricardo Gutierrez
Ruth Livier
Mauricio Mendoza
Ella Saldana North


Written by Karen Zacarias
Directed by Jose Luis Valenzuela

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2 reviews, average rating: (5.0 Stars)

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For all who grew up watching novelas con la familia this play is NOT... more

Anonymous: “My favorite play ever!”

The story line was so very interesting with twists and turns that kept... more

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