“Written with soul-searching honesty and breathtaking mastery.”
- San Francisco Chronicle
"Playwright Octavio Solis has become an overnight sensation, and it took only 25 years. Long respected in theater and Latino arts circles, the writer is having breakthrough success with his play Lydia…"
- Article by Jan Breslauer
Online at Los Angeles Times.
“Seductive and strong. Juliette Carrillo has directed with enormous skill and knowing compassion.”
- The New York Times
“Prepare to be torn between two beautiful women. The immediate quandary in Lydia is which of the two enchanting young women to love most. The Yale Rep staging is seductive and strong. Juliette Carrillo has directed with enormous skill and knowing compassion.”
- The New York Times
“Octavio Solis's career has been in steady ascendance over the past 15 years, with his plays frequently staged in theatres in Western and Southern states. Both "Lydia" and eventually another play — one commissioned by Yale Rep — will introduce this spellbinding dramatist to audiences in the Northeast.”
- Hartford Courant
A lyrical and magical meditation on family and cultural identity, LYDIA is an expertly crafted, shocking play of discovery. The Flores family welcomes Lydia, an undocumented maid, into their El Paso home to care for a daughter who was tragically disabled three days before her quinceanera. The two women’s mysterious and nearly miraculous bond threatens to expose long-buried secrets and destroy the troubled family.
Set in the 1970s on the Texas border separating the United States and Mexico, Lydia is the deeply emotional story of a group of people dealing with loss and teetering between two worlds.
Mature themes. Recommended for adults only.
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Opening night performance of Lydia
Audiences at the opening night were stunned by the play’s lyricism, rich characters and compelling human drama. Watch their reactions and check out footage from the party with Jane Seymour, Justin Kirk, Richard Montoya, Lydia playwright Octavio Solis and many more.
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