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Meet the Cast & Creative Team for ‘Native Gardens’

Pioneer Theatre Company is proud to present the Utah premiere of Native Gardens, a contemporary comedy from award-winning playwright Karen Zacarías. One of the most-produced plays in the United States in recent years, Native Gardens reminds us: we can’t always choose our neighbors.

Rising attorney Pablo and his doctoral candidate (and very pregnant) wife Tania, have just purchased a D.C. home next to a well-established couple with a prize-worthy English garden. But an impending barbecue for Pablo’s colleagues and a delicate disagreement over a long-standing fence line soon spirals into an all-out border dispute, exposing both couples’ notions of race, taste, class, and privilege. Zacarías’ hilariously biting play sees well-intentioned neighbors turned into feuding enemies in a garden party culture clash for the ages. 

The Cast

Featured in the cast is PTC alum Tito Livas* (Fireflies, A Christmas Story – The Musical) as Pablo Del Valle. Since last working at PTC, Livas appeared in the new musical Destiny of Desire, also penned by Zacarías, at San Diego’s Old Globe.

Making their respective PTC debuts are Katya Collazo* (Off-Broadway’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession, the American premiere of The Da Vinci Code at Ogunquit Playhouse) as Tania Del Valle; Michael Kostroff* (HBO’s The Wire, Inherit the Wind at Pasadena Playhouse) as Frank Butley; and Kelly Coffield Park* (an original cast member of Fox’s In Living ColorPerry Street at MCC) as Virginia Butley

Clockwise from top left: Katya Collazo, Michael Kostroff, Tito Livas, and Kelly Coffield Park

The Creative Team

Native Gardens is written by Karen Zacarías, who was recently hailed by American Theater magazine as one of the ten most-produced playwrights in the United States. Her other works include The Copper Children, Destiny of Desire, and The Book Club Play
With directing credits at some of the nation’s most esteemed theatre companies—including Signature Theatre, Roundhouse Theatre, Kennedy Center, and Mark Taper Forum, Timothy Douglas returns to PTC having previously directed Clybourne Park and Fences. Douglas is joined on the Creative Team by Scenic Designer Jo Winiarski (PTC’s A Distinct Society, The Prom); Lighting Designer Peter Maradudin (Broadway’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom)Costume Designer Lex Liang (Christmas in Connecticut); and Sound Designer Bryce Robinette (What the Constitution Means to Me). Emily Nacrissa Griffith* is Production Stage Manager.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States


Tickets for Native Gardens are now on sale via the link below or by calling the Pioneer Theatre Company Box Office at 801-581-6961. Tickets for patrons in grades K-12 are half-price Monday through Thursday.

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