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Karen Zacarias

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    OLIVÉRio: A Brazilian Twist - Behind the Curtain


Karen Zacarías (Books and Lyrics) is one of the most produced Latina playwrights in the nation.  The 2016 season will see World Premieres of her plays: DESTINY OF DESIRE at Arena Stage,; NATIVE GARDENS at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park;  OLIVERio:  A   BRAZILIAN TWIST at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; ELLA ENCHANTED : THE MUSICAL at First Stage, and INTO THE BEAUTIFUL NORTH at Milagro Theater.. Karen Zacarías' award-winning plays include THE BOOK CLUB PLAY, LEGACY OF LIGHT, MARIELA IN THE DESERT, THE SINS OF SOR JUANA, the adaptations of JUST LIKE US, and HOW THE GARCIA GIRLS LOST THEIR ACCENT plus many more.   Her TYA musicals with composer Debbie Wicks La Puma are: FERDINAND THE BULL; THE MAGICAL Piñata; EINSTEIN IS A DUMMY; LOOKING FOR ROBERTO CLEMENTE; CINDERELLA EATS RICE AND BEANS; FRIDA LIBRE; CHASING GEORGE WASHINGTON (which premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center as well! ).  Karen collaborated on the libretto for SLEEPY HOLLOW and HEMINGWAY: THE SUN ALSO RISES for the Washington Ballet. She is one of the inaugural Resident Playwrights at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, and is a core founder of the LATINO THEATRE COMMONS. She is the founder of Young Playwrights' Theater, an award-winning theater company that teaches playwriting in local public schools in Washington, DC. Karen lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and three children.
Karen Zacarias