Opening June 4th 2021

Think The Golden Girls but Cuban Style! This incredibly hilarious story shows the generational and cultural clash between a mother and daughter.

In Act One, Mama, an elegant older woman from Cuba, arrives at the Miami home of her daughter, Marita, with her former maid, Zoila, in tow as well as a host of misgivings about living in exile in the United States. Act Two opens in a funeral parlor, with three elderly Cuban American ladies sitting watch over a corpse. It is ten years later and, in one of the funniest funeral scenes ever written, a great deal is revealed about survival and the amazing, and often comical, resilience of the human spirit.

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Cast & Creative Team

Lily García, born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is an actress, writer, certified empowerment coach, motivational speaker, and TV and radio talk show host with more than three decades of experience in the media.

She has published eight books on self- help and spirituality topics, an audio book and two guided meditations CDs.  She hosts monthly motivational segments in “Noticentro al amanecer” in Wapa TV Puerto Rico and Wapa América in continental US and is also a frequent guest on motivational topics in radio and TV in Puerto Rico.  On stage, Lily has been active performing in comedies for the past twenty years and more recently in the stand-up comedy genre.  She has been a part of the Puerto Rican theater collective “Corillo Eventos Inc.” for the past seven years both producing and performing in Puerto Rico and Florida.

Mary González (Marita/Rosa) has appeared in many presentations in Tampa and regionally.She has played the lead in “Evita,” “Camelot,” “King and I,” “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” “Gypsy,” and “Kiss Me Kate.” Gonzálezhas also played the lead in Spanish Zarzuelas like “La Verbena de La Paloma,” “Agua, Azucarillos y Agua Ardiente,” “La Revoltosa, “ numerous presentations of concert versions of “AsíCantaba España,” and “AsíCantaba Cuba. “ Mary has also performed many concert presentations of themed music with The Spanish Lyric Theatre under the direction of its original artistic director, Rene J. González.She enjoyed working as a featured singer on the outdoor mainstage at The Florida State Fair.Other works include her participation in ”Reviva Ybor”-an original work presented for five years to the Hillsborough County Schools as a fieldtrip, many voiceover projectsand as on camera talent for various commercials.This is Mary’s first time performing for Stageworks

Lillian Almodóvar (Zoila/Isabelis) thrilled to be performing the roles ofZoila and Isabelle in Stageworks production of The Lady From Havana.She was recently seen in“Food Court”, “También”, “Soy Latina: Anecdotes of an Afro-Latina”, “Covid y Cultura”, and “Where are you from,from?”Lillian is grateful for this opportunity and thankful for the support and encouragement from her friends,family and husband

JL Rey  (Director ) is an actor, singer, and director based in New York City and he is thrilled to direct THE LADY FROM HAVANA, the latest entry in the Stageworks Hispanic Initiative. After the year we’ve all experienced, it is a thrill to be working in a comedy.

Previously at Stageworks: CABARIETY (Featured Soloist), THE FANTASTIKS (Huckleby), THE LARAMIE PROJECT (Co director & various roles), WAITING FOR GODOT (Potzo), 5 LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE (Co director), IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES/EN EL TIEMPO DE LAS MARIPOSAS (Co director).

NY directing credits: SHEPARD–an evening of scenes from Sam Shepard plays, MUSE, an original play about the relationship between a male prostitute and one of his clients, and SANITY IS SUBJECTIVE, an original play exploring the concept of sanity.

Karla Hartley (Lighting and Sound Designer) is currently the Producing Artistic Director here at Stageworks Theatre. She is the proud recipient of 3 Theatre Tampa Bay Best Director Awards, as well as 4 Best Director Awards from Creative Loafing and The Artist Most Likely to Have Been Born on Planet Krypton.

Heather Krueger (Stage Manager) is our current resident Stage Manager here at Stageworks. She has assisted with all our Resilience Season shows, and has previously appeared on the stage here. Recently, she has been performing fantastic tunes for Stageworks Cabaret’s all across the Tampa Bay. She has an addiction to Dunkin Donuts, is well known for being a fire hot redhead, and an incredible friend and mother of two.

Frank Chavez (Set Design) has worked as a costume and scenic designer for 20 years.  Previous Stageworks design include:  The Divine Sister, Sylvia, Of Mice and Men and Raisin in the Sun and Ain’t Misbehavin. Frank’s designs have also been seen at American Stage (The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Hair) and Tampa Rep (Cat on the Hot Tin Roof and Heroes). This year he received his Third Best of the Bay award, two for Scenic Design and one for Costume Design.  Along with local work, Frank has designed numerous productions Off-Broadway and regionally.  He is currently the resident Costume Designer at the University of Tampa.

Jo Averill-Snell (Lighting Designer)is delighted to work again with Stageworks, for whom she has previously litReady Steady Yeti Go, Winter Wonderettes, TheAliens, Broadway Bound, This Wonderful Life, andThe Motherfucker with the Hat. Regional theater audiences may have also seen her designs inEdgar and Emily,Dancing at Lughnasa, andCloud Nine(Jobsite Theater);Copenhagen, Heisenberg, View from the Bridge, The Other Place, SilentSky, andThe Children’s Hour(Tampa Rep); orApples in Winterand theModern Works Festival(Urbanite). Jo is also the Artistic Director for Tampa-based literary performance troupeImprobable Athenaeum. She is a graduate of USF’s theater program. Love and thanks to husband (and actor/playwright) Ned Averill-Snell, daughter Brigid, and the arts patrons for whom we create theater.

Chloe Mastro (Scenic Painter)is ecstatic to be working with Stage Works and other renowned Theaters in the Tampa area. This wouldn’t be possible without the guidance of the amazing Rebekah Lazaridis and her scenic partner Tea. Chloe also loves performing on the stage as well as painting it. Thank you to Scott Cooper for giving her opportunities in performing, art, and developing her love for theatre. Thank you to thr love of her life Ian, her friends, family, and the amazing Tampa theatre community! She hopes everyone stays safe and healthy during the show.

Tea Roberts (Scenic Painter)is so excited to return to Stageworks after spending her last non-masked day of 2020 here just last year! She has worked as an assistant scenic artist for Stageworks since 2019 and looks forward to growing as a scenic artist. She would like to send a big thanks to Scott Cooper for starting her on the right path in the theatre world, to Rebekah Lazaridis for all of her wonderful mentorship and painting prowess, and of course a huge thank you to her partner in paint Chloe Mastro!

Paul McColgan (Technical Director) is honored to be back building his second set for Stageworks. You can usually find him serving as the Production Manager for Hat Trick Theatre Productions, and building both fake and real houses around the Tampa area. A huge thank you to Karla for the opportunity to continue to work at Stageworks, to the cast and design crew of Four Guys Named José and Una Mujer Named María for making everything look so good, and to Bee and Desi for all the love and support.