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Dead Girl's Quinceañera

May 6 - May 18 | Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

Written by Phanésia Pharel | Directed by Lamar Perry



About the Shows

Being 15 is even more complicated when your best friend goes missing. Maria's besties are in a race against the clock to find out what happened to her and bring her home alive. A dark comedy about secrets, female friendship, and crime solving, DEAD GIRLS QUINCEAÑERA asks what it means to come of age in a messed-up world and what you need to do to survive.

Content Warnings

This play contains themes and dialogue related to childhood sexual assault.





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 The Cast

Salma: Kat Peña

Este: Gabriela D'Amico

Phoebe: Colby Muhammad

Maria: Gabriella Marie Johnson



Phoebe U/S: Gabriella Marie Johnson

Salma U/S, Este U/S: Olivia Picazo

Maria U/S: Jacqueline Perez




Creative Team

Production Stage Manager: Katie Davis

Scenic Designer: Tzu Yu Su

Costume Designer: Anabel Olguin

Lighting Designer: Vida Huang

Sound Designer: Harper Justus

Dramaturg: Rumi Petersen

Dramaturg: Mackenzy Tolliver

Assistant Stage Manager: Sydney “Squyd” Enthoven

Assistant Stage Manager: Madison Emi Novitski

Assistant Director: Aiden McCormick

Assistant Scenic Designer: Bria Woods-Kirk

Assistant Costume Designer: Kieran Padgett

Assistant Sound Designer: Lula Britos

Cultural Consultant: Jade Power-Sotomayor

Cultural Consultant: Mysia Anderson


About the Playwright

Phanésia Pharel is a Haitian-American playwright from a Dragon Fruit farm in Miami. Daughter of an immigrant teacher and farmer, she writes to honor people. 

Phanésia is a member of the Obie award-winning EST/ Youngblood group. Commissions include Hero Theatre, City Theatre Miami, the Latinx Playwrights Circle & Pregones/PRTT Greater Good Commission and Thrown Stone Theatre. Her work has been developed with the Old Globe, New York Stage and Film, Shattered Globe, Echo Theater Company of Los Angeles, and the Playwrights Center.  

Full lengths; THE WATERFALL (O'neill Finalist, Kennedy Center Lorraine Hansberry Award, Workshop, Old Globe Theatre, EST Bloodworks reading), R&B (Bay Area Playwrights Festival Finalist/Honorable Mention, Playwrights Realm Finalist), LUCKY (New York Stage and Film, Kennedy Center Latinx Playwriting Award, Kennedy Center Rosa Parks Playwriting Award). BLACK GIRL JOY (Kilroys 2023, Bay Area Playwrights Festival Finalist/Honorable Mention, Jane Chambers Finalist, Frank Moffett Mosier Fellowship for Works in Heightened Finalist Prize). Other Honors include New Harmony 2023 Finalist and City Theatre National Short Playwriting Finalist.  

Publishing: Concord Theatricals, Smith and Kraus Best Plays of 2020, Reset Coalition 2020 Anthology and the City Theatre Anthology. 


About the Director

Lamar Perry is a Queer Black director, producer and educator originally from Connecticut. In addition to working as a freelance director, he currently serves as an assistant professor of graduate directing in the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Perry formerly served as associate producer at Tony-award winning The Old Globe. He recently made history alongside Detroit Public Theatre directing “Mud Row” as the inaugural production in their new permanent home.

Recent directing credits include “Animals Out of Paper” (Chautauqua Theatre Company), the off-Broadway world-premiere of New York Times Critics Pick “...What The End Will Be” (Roundabout/Associate Director), “What Lies Beneath” (UC San Diego), “Run/Fire” by Aurin Squire (Cygnet Theater/Finish Line Commission), the off-Broadway world-premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “The Hot Wing King” (signature/assistant director), and “In Sickness & In Health” by Dea Hurston as a part of An Evening with the San Diego Black Artist Collective featured in The Old Globe’s Powers New Voices Festival.

Perry is a member of Roundabout’s Leon Levy Director’s Group, cohort II, and is the creator, writer, producer and co-host of both of The Old Globe's podcasts, “Cocktails with the Canon” and “Gather Round!” Perry has developed, directed or assisted on work at Diversionary Theatre/Spark Festival, UC San Diego’s Wagner’s New Play Festival, The O’Neill, Chautauqua Theater Company, San Diego Repertory Theater, National Alliance for Musical Theater, The Juilliard School, The Classical Theatre of Harlem and St. John’s University.

Perry received his bachelor’s of science degree from St. John’s University in 2012, and holds multiple certifications in Shakespeare's Language from Michael Howard Studios and The Pearl Theatre Company, as well as acting from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Perry's teaching interests include Black Theatre history, cultural transposition and reorientation, Queering the canon, and history of directing. In addition to teaching, he will serve as the instructor of record for multiple student-focused productions within the Department of Theatre and Dance.