Julia Pastrana
Julia Pastrana

Julia Pastrana

by Shaun Prendergast

JULY 16 – AUGUST 6, Main Stage

Julia Pastrana

by Shaun Prendergast

JULY 16 – AUGUST 6, Main Stage

The True History of the Tragic Life & Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana, the Ugliest Woman in the World

 

Our 2012 production of Julia Pastrana was called “must feel theatre.” Now, using only a 3D soundscape engineered with the cinematic Dolby Atmos surround sound, we have created an entirely new auditory event you can experience at home.

 

This play, originally performed entirely in the dark, transported audiences into Julia Pastrana’s world of traveling circuses and sideshows. Dragged across oceans by her husband and manager, Julia searches wherever she goes for the love and beauty she believes life has in store for her. Based on a true story, the play shows us the face of real beauty without ever letting us see a thing.

 

Now, as we bring this dynamic play out of the theatre and into your home, we encourage you to dim the lights, turn up your headphones and prepare for an immersive listening encounter with Julia Pastrana, made famous as the “Ugliest Woman in the World.”

 

Strong Language & Adult Themes

 

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General Admission
$13
Members
FREE
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Cast & Creatives

Special Thanks

 

Generously underwritten by Cynthia & Grant Hodgkins and Pioneer Natural Resources

Collaborators
Creative

Actor

Hannah Valdovinos

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Actor

Hannah Valdovinos

Hannah Valdovinos is so happy to be working on this show with Amphibian! Acting credits include Our Town (DTC), The True History… of Julia Pastrana (Amphibian Stage), In the Heights (Firehouse Theater), West Side Story (Stolen Shakespeare Guild), Summer and Smoke (Classics Theatre Project), and Romeo & Juliet/Twelfth Night (Trinity Shakespeare Festival). She also works as a costume designer in the area, most recently for Witch and Lifespan of a Fact (Stage West), & is a graduate of TCU with her BFA in Acting.

Actor

JR Bradford

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JR Bradford

JR is grateful to make his debut with Amphibian Stage. Mr. Bradford has performed on numerous stages in the DFW market such as Theatre Three, Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Teatro Dallas, Imprint Theatreworks, and was last seen in Jubilee Theatre’s production of “To Be Young, Gifted, and Black”.

Actor

Jovane Caamano

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Jovane Caamano

Jovane is immensely grateful to be working with Amphibian Stage again in order to bring this story to life. He has previously appeared on stage at Amphibian as Doug Simon in Gutenberg! The Musical!. Other regional theatres he’s worked with include the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group (The Savage Seconds), Undermain Theatre (Red Chariot; Lady from the Sea), Stage West (Everybody), Second Thought Theatre (Enemies/People), Circle Theatre (This Random World), Theatre Three (Susan and God), Theatre Arlington (Ripcord), and three seasons with the Trinity Shakespeare Festival, as well as Wishing Star Productions’ national tour of Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical. He graduated from Texas Christian University with his B.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Musical Theatre and is a proud Horned Frog. He would like to thank his family for their love and belief, his friends for all their support, and everyone at ASP.

Actor

Felicia Bertch

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Felicia Bertch

Felicia Bertch is pleased to return to Amphibian having most recently performed with the ensemble of Julia Pastrana. She received her MFA in Acting at the University of South Carolina and studied physical theatre arts in Paris at L’Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques LeCoq as well as in NYC, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Italy. Felicia has lived and worked professionally as an actor, clown, and model all over the country and abroad. She has taught, directed, devised, and choreographed at various institutions and theaters nationally and internationally, including Wheaton College, The University of South Carolina, The University of Chicago, Columbia College, and in Tanzania, East Africa. Felicia is currently on faculty and the Head of the BFA Acting Program at the University of Texas at Arlington. She continues to work as a professional theatre artist and model in the DFW and Chicago areas. She is represented by Kim Dawson Agency here in DFW and Lori Lins in Chicago.

De-Cruit Instructor & Actor

Mitchell Stephens

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De-Cruit Instructor & Actor

Mitchell Stephens

Mitchell Stephens is an actor, choreographer and movement artist based in DFW. Mitchell is happy to be back at Amphibian after working on She Wolf, Cyrano, Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins. Mitchell’s work spans the country and all over the metroplex. Recent Credits include Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, The Great Distance Home, Silent Sky, Lord of the Flies (WaterTower Theatre), Reykjavík (Kitchen Dog Theatre) La Maupin: The French Abomination, Everything will be Fine (Prism Movement Theatre). Mitchell is a proud facilitator for De-Cruit, using Shakespeare to treat Post Traumatic Stress and specializes in incarcerated veterans with Amphibian.

Director

Jonathan Fielding

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Director

Jonathan Fielding

Jonathan was born and raised in Fort Worth, TX. He went to TCU for his undergraduate degree. He has worked as a performer on many Amphibian shows including: Vigil, La Llorona, Below the Belt, and Leonce and Lena as well as the 2003 national premiere of The True History of…Julia Pastrana… Jonathan’s directing credits for Amphibian include Northside Hollow, Artist Descending a Staircase, and The True History of…Julia Pastrana, remounted in 2012. Broadway credits include The Play that Goes Wrong (also National Tour), Noises Off, Pygmalion with Roundabout Theatre Company, and The Seagull at the Walter Kerr. Jonathan has worked regionally at The Old Globe, Ford’s Theater, Penguin Rep, and the Harbor Stage Company: a company he helped found in 2012. On television he has appeared on “Law and Order: SVU” (NBC), “Castle Rock” (Hulu) and “Gotham” (FOX). He holds his his Masters Degree from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Sound Designer

David Lanza

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Sound Designer

David Lanza

David Lanza has been sound designing in DFW for some time now, is excited to still be sound designing, and looks forward to sound designing more in the future.  He also loves the Phibs always and forever.  Pro-tip: eat half of your cookie now, and save the other half for a late night snack after the show.  Follow David Lanza Audio on Facebook or go to www.DavidLanzaAudio.com to learn more.  Or look up my LiveJournal I had in high school. Love to Nikki, Maggie, Peter, and the Oxford comma

Playwright

Shaun Prendergast

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Playwright

Shaun Prendergast

Shaun is a British actor and writer well known to UK audiences for his many TV and film roles and his work with Sir Kenneth Branagh’s Renaissance Theatre Co.

His first TV role, playing the lead in Kay Mellor’s “Place of Safety,” won a New York Critic’s Circle award. Film roles include Peterloo, I Daniel Blake, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and Henry V.

In 2019 he played Old Joe in the London West End Premiere of Waitress with Kat Mcphee and Jack McBrayer, and before lockdown he completed filming on the upcoming BBC series “Industry.”

Shaun has written over thirty TV shows, a hundred audio plays, twenty stage plays, and more than a dozen film scripts. He encountered the story of Julia Pastrana as a student but it took twenty years to find a format that would work. He has been the winner of a SONY AWARD (“Travellin’ Light,” BBC ), The ALMOST FREE NAFTALI YAVIN Award, (“Potter’s Wheel”), and a TIME OUT Award (Little Victories). His first novel, a comedy thriller called Benny Blue Eyes was published during lockdown and now has a five-star rating on Kindle.

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