Outside Event - World Premiere of DIGNA

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 7:30pm
DIGNA Theater Company
YWCA of Southern Arizona

Digna Theater, a new company in town, produces plays about human rights in local and global contexts and creates an action campaign for each production. Their first production is "DIGNA," a moving script about the Mexican human rights attorney Digna Ochoa. "DIGNA" was written by Pat Davis who co-wrote Sister Dianna Ortiz's The Blindfold's Eyes: My Journey from Torture to Truth. In the play, Digna Ochoa returns from the dead to address the harrowing attacks she suffered in response to her defense of environmentalists by Mexican security forces. In light of the 43 disappeared students, she confronts the memory of her kidnapping, murder, and suppression of dissent. Based on her life and struggles, the play explores resistance – its modalities and costs – and its essential transformative power.

The action campaign associated with this production is the Empty Chairs Project, based on an idea by Chris Tanz. This memorial art project invites individuals and/or groups to create and decorate a chair in some way to reflect the lives and aspirations of the missing students from Iguala, Guerrero, MX in 2014. This could be a 'small' chair in clay, painting or decoupage, etc. an old chair from a thrift store, etc. Once the chair is complete, we will ask that it be taken to a public place for display. We also request that photos be taken and put on Facebook. Just before the production, the chairs will be brought to the YWCA to be on display during the performances. You can access more information and sign up for a chair creation at https://sites.google.com/site/43disappearedstudents/homeDue to the overwhelming response, we are doubling up on chair assignments. 


What: DIGNA by Patricia Davis. 

When: February 23-26 and March 2-5 at 7:30 pm

Where: YWCA, 525 Bonita Street, Tucson AZ

Purchase Tickets Here

*Digna Theater Company was co-founded with Institute FAC Member, Ana Cornide