The Old Globe Presents “Destiny of Desire”

| June 8, 2023 | 0 Comments

A Telenovela for the Stage

Written by Karen Zacarías and directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, “Destiny of Desire” runs through Sunday, June 25  at the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center in San Diego’s Balboa Park, located at 1363 Old Globe Way.

The joys, tribulations, and plot twists of epic love are bursting onstage in this brilliantly funny homage to the telenovela by Karen Zacarías (“Native Gardens). On a stormy night in Bellarica, Mexico, two babies are born—one into a life of outlandish wealth, and one into a life of poverty. When the newborns are swapped by a ruthless ex–beauty queen, the stage is set for two outrageous misfortunes to grow into an extraordinary destiny. Directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (August Wilson’s “Jitney) and filled with vibrant choreography and live music, “Destiny of Desire explores the emotional rollercoaster and social commentary that make the telenovela the most popular form of storytelling on the planet.

The cast includes Julio Agustín as Dr. Jorge Ramiro Mendoza; Yesenia Ayala as Pilar Esperanza Castillo; Carlos Gomez as Ernesto del Rio; Mandy Gonzalez as Hortencia del Rio; Ariella Kvashny as La Gente, u/s Pilar Esperanza Castillo, u/s Victoria Maria del Rio; Tito Livas as Dr. Diego Mendoza, u/s Ernesto del Rio; Bianca Marroquín as Fabiola Castillo; Tara Martinez as u/s Hortencia del Rio, u/s Fabiola Castillo, u/s Sister Sonia, u/s La Gente; James Olivas as Sebastián Jose Castillo; Christopher M. Ramirez as La Gente, u/s Dr. Diego, u/s Sebastián Jose Castillo; Al Rodrigo as Armando Castillo; Emilia Suárez as Victoria Maria del Rio; Nancy Ticotin as Sister Sonia; and Luis Villabon as u/s Dr. Jorge Ramiro Mendoza, u/s Armando Castillo, u/s La Gente.

Yesenia Ayala as Pilar Esperanza Castillo and Emilia Suárez as Victoria Maria del Rio in “Destiny of Desire.” Photo is by Jim Cox.

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