In the Time of the Butterflies/En el Tiempo de las Mariposas Preview Night

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In the Time of the Butterflies/En el Tiempo de las Mariposas

From the novel by Julia Alvarez,  Adapted by Caridad Svich







Columbia Restaurant Group



     Paul and Rosa Beraquit





With immersive video and animation dispersed across the stage, the piece paints a visual dreamscape of the interior lives of the activist sisters, the beauty and ferocity of the natural world, and the music heard on the radio of the time. .  Based on Julia Álvarez’s popular novel, In The Time of the Butterflies is a fictionalized account of the story of the courageous Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic.



Caridad Svich (Playwright) received a 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in the theatre, a 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and NNPN rolling world premiere for Guapa, and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based Isabel Allende’s novel. She has won the National Latino Playwriting Award (sponsored by Arizona Theatre Company) twice, including in the year 2013 for her play Spark. She has been short-listed for the PEN Award in Drama four times, including in the year 2012 for her play Magnificent Waste. Her works in English and Spanish have been seen at venues across the US and abroad, among them Arena Stage’s Kogod Cradle Series, Denver Center Theatre, 59E59, The Women’s Project, Woodshed Collective @ McCarren Park Pool, Repertorio Espanol, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lighthouse Poole UK, Teatro Mori (Chile), Artheater-Cologne (Germany), Ilkhom Theater (Uzbekistan), Teatro Espressivo (Costa Rica), Welsh Fargo Stage (Wales), Homotopia Festival UK, SummerWorks festival in Toronto, and Edinburgh Fringe Festival/UK.

  (Director/Video Designer) is currently the Producing Artistic  Director for Stageworks Theatre in the Channel District.  She received a BFA in Theater Studies from Boston University in 1992 and is the owner of three Theatre Tampa Bay awards for Best Director.

She was named Best Director 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2015 in the Creative Loafing Best of the Bay Awards as well as The Artist Most Likely to Have Been Born On the Planet Krypton.





Jorge Acosta (Co-Director) is an actor, singer, and director based in New York City. Stageworks: THE FANTASTIKS (Huckleby), THE LARAMIE PROJECT (Co director & various roles), WAITING FOR GODOT (Potzo). NY credits directing: SHEPARD – an evening of scenes from Sam Shepard plays, MUSE – an original play about the unique relationship between a male prostitute and one of his clients, and SANITY IS SUBJECTIVE – an original play exploring the concept of sanity. Regional directing credits include: 9 PARTS OF DESIRE, BOY GETS GIRL, THE MERRY WIDOW, WEST SIDE STORY, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST and THE LARAMIE PROJECT. RED HOT & COLE, PARTY, EVITA, JEKYLL & HYDE THE MUSICAL, AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS, MAN OF LA MANCHA, CAMELOT, OKLAHOMA and THE YELLOW BOAT.
NY acting: Uncle Luis in GHOST DANCER, Manolo in 167 TONGUES, Juan in DANIEL, The Red King in ALICE, A NEW MUSICAL, Father Caruso in TRANSUBSTANTIATION, and Brian in THE SHADOW BOX.
Regional acting: IN THE HEIGHTS, LEND ME A TENOR, THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY, THE FROGS, EVITA, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, ANNA IN THE TROPICS, MAN OF LA MANCHA, WAITING FOR GODOT, HAMLET, LOVE’S LABOURS LOST, LEND ME A TENOR and ROMEO AND JULIET. Jorge is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association (since 1986) and is immensely grateful for the opportunity of a life in the arts.

CORNELIO “Coky” AGUILERA (DJ et al): Honored to be part of Stageworks Theatre’s first Spanish-speaking production, Coky would like to thank the wonderful women responsible for helping make this possible! Having studied as an Acting Specialist at UW Madison, he moved to the Tampa area and has been fortunate enough to be working theatre since 2012 with the following companies: Stageworks Theatre, A Simple Theatre, The Tampa Repertory Theatre, St. Petersburg Opera Company, and Jobsite Theater. Coky also organizes the “Dreamer’s Teatro Crew,” a bilingual, theatrical group out of Dade City, FL, in collaboration with the Farmworker’s Self-Help Organization.” “¡Babe and papi, los quiero mucho!”

Blue Feliu (Older Dede) is from Brooklyn, NY, and has been living in St. Petersburg for the last 30 years. She is the proud wife of Michael Feliu, mother of three, and grandmother of nine. Blue loves working in the community and her church. Recently, Blue was part of the cast of Saul Juke’s Joint, which took part in the Tampa Bay HCC Theater . She has worked with the Chocolate Nutcracker (now called Family Blessing) for 20 years as a dancer and costumer. She has also had the honor of working for American Stage as a costumer for In the Heights. “My purpose is to be a beacon of light that all can see and remember; and at the ripe old age of 59 I want to dance and teach for as long as I can. I am purpose driven.” I am blessed at the opportunity to be a part of stage works and continue the story of the Butterflies.

Jessy Julianna (Maria Teresa) was born and raised in Puerto Rico where she began pursuing theatre. Living in Florida since she graduated from high school in 2007, she was president for her troupe of the International Thespian Society. She received her BA in Theater-Performance from the University of South Florida in 2012 as a Theater Performance major. Some of her acting and singing performances have included Betty in All in the Timing, Wife in Blood Wedding (HCC), Fame (soloist), Woman 3 in Einstein’s Dreams (Jobsite Theater), Dorine in Tarfuffe (Tampa Repertory Theatre), Yolanda in How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (Stageworks Theatre),Ginny and Wanda in Durang, Durang with a Twist (Ghostlight Theatre). You have also seen her as Veronica in The Motherf*cker with the Hat (Stageworks Theatre) and she also portrayed 4 different characters in Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens, as well as Matthias of Galilee and Mary Magdalene in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (The Space at 2106). She played the role of Phoebe in As You Like It (Jobsite Theater) as well. In the fall of 2013 she was chosen as one of Creative Loafing’s 20 Under 25 Promising Young Artists. She is very excited to have the opportunity to work with Stageworks once again under Karla Hartley and Jorge Diaz’s direction. She wishes to thank her two children Noel and Arianna and her esposo Cencio,her entire family, and God because without them nothing would be possible.

Clare Lopez (American Woman) is thrilled to be making her Stageworks Theatre debut and joining such a talented cast and team. Originally from Sacramento, CA Clare most recently hails from a more snowy home in Syracuse, NY where she’s been working as a teaching artist and Associate Producer with Breadcrumbs Productions. Clare earned a BA in Music and Theatre from Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Washington and is a proud alumni of The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in Santa Maria, California. When she isn’t playing her ukulele, or being paid to play make believe with children, she can be found developing new works, writing screenplays, and singing every chance she gets. She is passionate about community based theatre, theatre for young audiences, and devised content through movement. Active in both theater and film, her journey has taken her from California to New York, and across 8 countries around the world. From Shakespeare to Musical Theatre, Clare has been honored to work at some really amazing companies: PCPA Theaterfest, Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival, Lexington Children’s Theatre, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Cider Mill Playhouse, ArtSpot (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Redhouse Arts Center, & Theatre Du Jour Dinner Theatre. If you’d like to learn more, visit Clare sends her deepest thanks to Chad for sharing this journey, and being her person.

Isabel Natera (Younger Dede) is an Actress in the Tampa Bay Area. Some of her credits include: Stageworks’ Picasso at the Lapin Agile and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Jobsite’s Behind the Gates, and The Space’s Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. She is currently pursuing a career in TV and film as well and has worked throughout the Southeast Region. To learn more, visit









Marlene Peralta (Minerva) was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and has lived in Tampa since 2005. Marlene graduated with her B.A in “Theatre Arts” from the University of South Florida in May 2012. Soon after graduation, Marlene completed an Acting/Education internship at the American Stage Theatre Company and in August 2014 won “Best Monologue “ in the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival. Known roles include Sofia in the StageWorks production of How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, the Lady in Orange in The Space at 2106’s For Colored Girls, and more recently, Margie in Now Circa Then at the Silver Meteor Gallery. Marlene would like to thank her family, friends, and Charles for always loving and supporting her in more ways than one. Marlene would also like to thank you, the audience, for supporting theatre in Tampa.



Lauren Lisette Valiente (Patria) is a proud Cuban American born in Tampa, Florida.  After appearing in several staged readings at Stageworks over the last few years, Lauren is thrilled to be making her professional theatre debut in this production of In the Time of the Butterflies.  Her recent credits include staged readings as Olivia in Things My Mother Taught Me, Heidi in The Heidi Chronicles, and Maria in School for Scandal.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from Harvard University and a Juris Doctor from University of Florida’s Levin College of Law.  Lauren would like to dedicate her performance to the incredibly brave and strong Latin women in her life: her grandmother, Dulce Caridad Bequer, and her mother, Lourdes Valiente.  These remarkable women, who fled their homeland, and struggled every day to make a better life for themselves and their families in a new country, embody the true meaning of love and sacrifice.  Te amo mucho Mami y Sisi!