la llorona

Written by Cecelia Raker

Directed by Stephanie LeBolt

May 5 - 20, 2017

The Boston Playwrights' Theatre



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$25 General Admission
$15 BU Student Rush with ID (walk up only)

Groups of 8 or more get $5 off tickets - email for more information.


When Maria, Rachel, and Molly got thrown together on a school project about the local urban legend, they didn't quite bargain for some horrifying teary murderess ghost lady to start messing with their lives. La Llorona, with her irreverent, haunting advice and constantly changing faces, seems intent on steering them away from her fate--or is she just luring them to a watery, weeping demise?

Please Note:

This show runs approximately 1 hour 40 min with no intermission.


Special Events

  • Post Show Social following the opening performance on Saturday, May 6th
  • Cheap Date Night on Wednesday, May 10th and 17th - Buy-One-Get-One tickets when purchased in advance, online only
  • Playwright's Night on Thursday, May 11th and 18th - Half-Price tickets when purchased in advance with code FITPW; Conversation with the playwright following the performance
  • Pay-What-You-Want performances on Friday, May 5th, the 2pm matinee on Saturday, May 13th, and Monday, May 15th. (No minimum at the door, $5 min. online)


Show Dates and Times

May 5-20, 2017
Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7:30pm
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Saturday May 13th at 2pm
Monday, May 15th at 7:30pm

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Cast and Production Team

Maria - Alessandra Esparza
Molly - Chantie Parrilla
Rachel - Katie Grindeland
La Llorona - Maria Hendricks
Gatekeeper - David J. Castillo
Mom - Tess Degen


Playwright - Cecelia Raker
Director - Stephanie LeBolt
Dramaturg - Ramona Ostrowski
Assistant Director - Mara Palma
Stage Manager - Ben Janey
Scenic Design - Lindsay Fuori
Lighting Design - Read Davidson
Costume Design - Angelina Raquel Morales
Prop Design - Stef Tivnan
Sound Design - Chris Larson
Special Effects - Lynn Wilcott
Composer and Instrumentalist - Geraldine Barney
Spanish Language Consultant - Cristhian Mancinas-García

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Alessandra Esparza (Maria) is from Lima, Peru and a recent graduate from Emerson College with a BA in Performing Arts and a Minor in Psychology. During the fall, she worked with True to Life Training as an Actor and Facilitator – an inspiring, unique and enriching experience. Her three favorite roles include: taking on the life-changing character of Antígona with the first Latino theatre group at Emerson; being a part of Life is a Dream’s ensemble with Emerson Stage; and performing at the Oberon, A.R.T’s second stage, as Odysseus’ Crew in Cyclops: a satyr play. She enjoys writing, performing slam poetry, dancing, travelling, long hours on a film set and floating in the ocean. She grew up hearing stories of La Llorona and has always been fascinated with mystical legends like hers. Alessa is proud to take on the role of Maria with this wonderful team of artists and storytellers. She feels grateful to be working with Fresh Ink as she shares their drive to tell stories that reflect current times and that portray underrepresented groups.

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Chantie Parrilla (Molly) is a Salem MA based actor/artist currently in her senior at Salem State University, where she studies Theatre Performance and 3D art. Her first exposure to Boston performance  is attributed to Escena Latina (Latin Scene) where she performed in Bodas de Sangre in 2015. Continuing her work with Escena Latina, Chantie participated in the staged reading of Marriage, Mantras, and Mentiras in January 2017. Being a part of Fresh Ink Theatre's La Llorona is a thrill and an honor.


Katie Grindeland (Rachel) is elated to make her on-stage debut with Fresh Ink. Previously her play, Rabbit Rabbit, received a 2015 Ink Spot reading with them. Other credits include New Repertory Theatre's touring productions of Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio) and The Scarlet Letter (Pearl), Hampshire Shakespeare Company's A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hermia), and Emerson Stage's Richard III (Murderer II), The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Abilene/Lucy the Dog/Sarah Ruth), and more. She is a proud graduate of Emerson College's BA Theatre Education and Acting program.

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Maria Hendricks (La Llorona) a multilingual performance artist, is contentíssima to be collaborating with the talented & devoted individuals of Fresh Ink Theatre! Past/Favorite credits include Matilde in the staged reading of A Clean House (Umbrella Center for the Arts), Trix in The Drowsy Chaperone (NortonSingers),and the blessing of originating such roles as Imania in Hidden Faces of Courage (OWLL/Fort Point Theatre) as well as Ruby & Loretta in Six Nights in the Black Belt in both NH & NYC (YTP, M&M productions, Negro Ensemble Company, Theatre at St Clements). Most recently she has been fusing arts, language and culture in The Table/La Mesa: The WELCOME PROJECT.


David J. Castillo (Gatekeeper) is an actor, model, and pop culture enthusiast native to Boston, MA. Area credits include Edward II (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), Baltimore (New Repertory Theatre/Boston Center for American Performance), The T Party (Company One Theatre), Blood Wedding (Apollinaire Theatre Company), and The Great War Theatre Project: Messengers of a Bitter Truth (TC Squared Theatre Company). Currently in his senior year at Boston University, his collegiate credits include The Cradle Will Rock, Changes of Heart, and Water By The Spoonful. He is forever grateful for his graduating class’ continued support. #busot2017

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Tess Degen (Mom) was born and raised in Berlin, Germany and has been working and living in the US for the past 25 years. Her artistic endeavors have taken her from Modern Dance in NYC to acting, singing and teaching all over the Boston area. Her most recent credits include Matchless and The Happy Prince at Central Square theatre, Laundry and Bourbon with CAT collaborative, The Fence at Boston Center for the Arts and many musicals, staged readings and films. She is excited to work with Fresh Ink for the first time.




Cecelia Raker (Playwright) is a playwright based in Boston, by way of New Mexico. She is currently at work on an immersive bread-baking play about identity and privilege. Her play La Llorona, which was developed as part of a Fellowship with Company One's PlayLab, was a runner-up for the 2016 Princess Grace award and received honorable mention on the 2016 Kilroys' List. Cecelia is a  2017 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow in Dramatic Writing, and a core member of the Project:Project devising collective, whose last piece Shiver premiered at the Boston Playwrights' Theater in June 2015. Her play dry bones rising premiered at Venus Theatre in Laurel, MD in May 2015. Her work has been developed and produced with Landing Theater's New American Voices series, One Bird Productions, the Boston Theater Marathon, the Great Plains Theater Conference Playlab, the ART’s Loeb Experimental Theater, Harvard Playwrights’ Festival, The One-Minute Play Festival, Bostonia Bohemia, and a variety of other venues.



Stephanie LeBolt (Director) is delighted to be back directing at Fresh Ink with Cecelia Raker's beautiful play La Llorona. Recent directorial work includes Franklin (Boston Playwrights' Theatre), Melancholy Play: the Chamber Musical (Umbrella Center for the Arts), The Ordinary Epic (Podcast), That Time the House Burned Down (Fresh Ink Theatre), One Minute Play Festival, Boston Theatre Marathon, and Solas Nua in Boston. Recent choreography and assistant directing credits include work with the Huntington Theatre Company, Stoneham Theatre, the Lyric Stage, and Bad Habit Productions. She is a director, choreographer, producer, and artist-administrator based in Cambridge and a proud graduate of the University of Virginia. 

Ramona Ostrowski (Dramaturg) is thrilled to be working with Fresh Ink on her third production! Dramaturgy credits include The Clytemnestriad, 1 2 3 (Fresh Ink); An Octoroon, Colossal, Shockheaded Peter, Astro Boy and the God of Comics, We Are Proud to Present a Presentation... (Company One Theatre); Knock Down, Drag Out (SpeakEasy Stage, upcoming). She is the Associate Producer of HowlRound, a member of LMDA, and a graduate of Boston University.