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.
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
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.