February 4, 2023

HARTFORD – The Hartford Stage opens up challenging vistas of innovation and cultural diversity with a new piece ‘Espejos: Clean’, speaking in two voices, in both English and Spanish.

Using image projections and surtitles, we learn the stories of two women, one from Vancouver, Canada; and the other from a village in Mexico.

The experience is theatrically dramatic.

Through February 5th, playwright Christine Quintana, with a Spanish translation by Paula Zelaya Cervantes, will take audiences through disparate stories into the heart and soul of these two disparate women whose lives meet and change forever in a Mexican resort.

Emma Ramos’ Adriana grows up in poverty in a household where her father rules. All she wants to do is escape his control, and she does when a male friend, Nicholas, drives her six hours away to a Mexican resort to start a new life.

Adriana never looks back and starts a job as a maid, working her way up after eight years of hard work to become the head housekeeper overseeing 30 women. The sudden realization that her father has died shakes her world to its core.

Sarah from Kate Abbruzzese is reluctantly the maid of honor at her younger sister’s wedding. She uses alcohol as a drug to get through the festivities and is beginning to seem out of control. Both women are victims of trauma and must figure out how to heal.

As magic, storms, and ever-present water influence their actions, they clash and their stories fuse with shared secrets. Family tensions erupt and each woman must confront a past that has shaped her present and future.

An event occurs that forces everyone to reconsider their choices, leading them to find solutions together, face the consequences of their actions, and remove the masks they’ve been hiding behind.

Melissa Crespo directs this mesmerizing play of complicated situations, a co-production with Syracuse Stage, that forces both women to see the world as it really is.

It is not necessary to know a word of Spanish to fully immerse yourself in this story, which honors women in its conception and storytelling.

For tickets ($30 and up) call the Hartford Stage, 50 Church St., Hartford at 860-527-5151 or go online at HartfordStage.org. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and selected Wednesday matinees at 2 p.m

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