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The Promise

by José Rivera. directed by Ludy Cardoso de Brito (MFA 2)

November 30 - December 2 | Theodore & Adele Shank Theatre


About the Show

Jose Rivera's "The Promise" uses magical realism in telling the story of two star-crossed young lovers, Lilia and Carmelo Guzman.  Lilia's father is determined to settle a blood feud-- a broken vow alluded to in the play's title.  Gusmán is determined to have his daughter marry someone of his choosing by any means necessary, even employing his fighting chicken.  Lollín's children eat trucks, and Milton, Lilia's brother, goes on a quest to find himself as Clint (or Dodge?) within the Arizona desert. The play ends with the breaking of a vicious cycle of codependency and Lilia taking the lead in her own life. This production explores love in all of its different forms and the struggle to break away from mere survival.

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About the Director

Ludy Cardoso de Brito is a Brazilian director of Indigenous descent who loves telling stories. Her heart steers towards politically urgent work and plays that ask us to transcend the conditioning of surviving. "When do we start living?"

Most recently, Ludy directed Emily J. Daly's episode of the MTARadioPlays (Rattlestick) as well as Project Transform (Hartford Stage) with Nilaja Sun. United World Colleges and NTI alum, Ludy is a Lin Manuel Miranda Family Fellow. She has directed in Brazil and India. Ludy has assisted Jenna Worsham in The Siblings Play by Ren Dara Santiago at Rattlestick and Megan Sandberg-Zakian in Much Ado at the Boston Common. As an educator, she has worked with Westerville South Theatre, Hartford Stage, and the National Theater Institute at the O'Neill.