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March 13, 2006

Alma Martinez to appear in Bay Area premiere of award-winning play

By Scott Rappaport

Assistant professor of theater arts Alma Martinez will appear in the Bay Area premiere of Nilo Cruz's 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Anna in the Tropics, opening March 11 at Theatre Works in Palo Alto.

Photo of Alma Martinez appearing in The Mummified Deer

Alma Martinez (right) in the lead role in Luis Valdez's The Mummified Deer.
Photo from cover of Mummified Deer and Other Stories by Luis Valdez

Martinez will be reprising the role of "Ofelia," a role she played opposite Jimmy Smits (West Wing, Star Wars) and Herbert Siguenza (Culture Clash) last summer for an L.A. Theatre Works radio play presented on NPR. A CD of the play can be purchased through the L.A. Theatre Works website at: www.latw.org.

Last spring, Martinez performed in the West Coast premiere of Electricidad by McArthur Award-winner Luis Alfaro at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. That production--including a photo of Martinez--is featured in a cover story in this month's issue of American Theatre Magazine, the premiere professional theatre publication in the country. Martinez' picture is also featured on the book cover of a new anthology of plays just published by Luis Valdez titled Mummified Deer and Other Plays. She played the lead character in the world premiere of Mummified Deer, also directed by Valdez.

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