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Alicia’s Miracle

Written by Octavio Solis
Directed by Jennifer Welch

Alicia’s Miracle is a response to a fifteen month investigation into the California strawberry industry which was conducted by CIR reporters Bernice Yeung and Andy Donohue. “The Dark Side of the Strawberry” exposes the excessive use of chemical fumigants in strawberry farming and the high levels of exposure to the communities of Oxnard and Salinas.

 

 


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CAST

Dr. Hannah……………………………………………….Hillary Hesse

Richard Pike……………………………………….……..Brandon Mears*

Officer Montoya……………………………………..…..Rogelio Landaverde

Alicia Sandoval…………….…………………………….Sarita Ocón*

Omar Sandoval…………………………………..……….Florentino Gonzles

*appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director………………………………………..Kimberly Richards

Casting Director……………………………………..Sally Dana

Scenic Design……………………………………..Alicia Griffiths

Lighting Design…………………………………….Claire Kendrick

Poster Design……………………………………Liz Pavlovic

Sound Design…………………………………….Jon Bernson

JOURNALISTS

BERNICE YEUNG is an investigative reporter for The Center for Investigative Reporting focusing on community health. A former staff writer for SF Weekly and editor at California Lawyer magazine, Bernice’s work has appeared in media outlets such as The New York Times, San Francisco magazine, Village Voice, KQED-FM, and Mother Jones. Her investigations into human trafficking, domestic violence among immigrant women, and the explosion of girls in the California juvenile justice system have been recognized with awards from organizations such as the Western Publishing Association and the National Council on Crime & Delinquency. A California native, Bernice received a journalism degree from Northwestern University, and a master’s degree in sociology from Fordham University.

 

 

ANDREW DONOHUE is a senior editor at The Center for Investigative Reporting. Previously, he helped build and lead Voice of San Diego, a pioneering news outlet that has become a model for investigative reporting in the digital age. He oversaw a newsroom that merged high-impact reporting with innovative storytelling and collaboration. He’s won the Investigative Reporters and Editors award and the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi award for online investigative reporting. Under Andrew’s watch, VOSD won the Online News Association’s General Excellence Award and was named the urban innovation leader for California by Fast Company magazine. In San Diego, he also wrote and appeared in weekly segments with NBC San Diego and co-hosted a weekly public affairs radio program. He was a 2012-13 John S. Knight fellow at Stanford University, where he worked on models to increase engagement and impact in investigative reporting. Andrew also serves on the IRE board of directors.

Playwright

OCTAVIO SOLIS is a playwright and director living in San Francisco. His works Se Llama Cristina, John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven, Ghosts of the River, Quixote, Lydia, June in a Box, Lethe, Marfa Lights, Gibraltar, The Ballad of Pancho and Lucy, The 7 Visions of Encarnación, Bethlehem, Dreamlandia, El Otro,Man of the Flesh, Prospect, El Paso Blue, Santos & Santos, andLa Posada Mágica have been mounted at the California Shakespeare Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Yale Repertory Theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Dallas Theater Center, the Magic Theatre, Intersection for the Arts, South Coast Repertory Theatre, the San Diego Repertory Theatre, the San Jose Repertory Theatre, Shadowlight Productions, the Venture Theatre in Philadelphia, Latino Chicago Theatre Company, Boston Court and Kitchen Dog Theatre, the New York Summer Play Festival, Teatro Vista in Chicago, El Teatro Campesino, the Undermain Theatre in Dallas, Thick Description, Campo Santo, the Imua Theatre Company in New York, and Cornerstone Theatre. His collaborative works include Cloudlands, with Music by Adam Gwon, Burning Dreams, cowritten with Julie Hebert and Gina Leishman and Shiner, written with Erik Ehn. Solis has received an NEA 1995-97 Playwriting Fellowship, the Roger L. Stevens award from the Kennedy Center, the Will Glickman Playwright Award, a production grant from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, the 1998 TCG/NEA Theatre Artists in Residence Grant, the 1998 McKnight Fellowship grant from the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, and the National Latino Playwriting Award for 2003. He is the recipient of the 2000-2001 National Theatre Artists Residency Grant from TCG and the Pew Charitable Trust. He has also just been awarded a United States Artists Fellowship for 20012. Solis is a Thornton Wilder Fellow for the MacDowell Colony, New Dramatists alum and member of the Dramatists Guild. His new anthology, “The River Plays” has been published by NoPassPort Publishing. He is working on commissions for the Magic Theatre SF and Yale Repertory Theatre.

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