Begonya Plaza is among other things a Spanish American performing artist/writer/multi media filmmaker. Plaza has starred or been featured in films by Oliver Stone, Amy Jones, Tim Hunter, Clint Eastwood, Michael Mann, and Abel Ferrara, amongst others. Begonya has acted opposite Robert De Niro, Tom Cruise, Willem Dafoe, Klaus Kinski, Roddy McDowall, Caroll O’Connor, David Zayas, and starred in the CBS television series DARK JUSTICE, shot in Barcelona where Ms. Plaza’s daughter, Caterina, was born. Single motherhood is what Begonya says, makes her most proud.
Writings by Begonya: TERESA'S ECSTASY, published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc., is available for world productions. Premiered, Off-Broadway at the venerable, Cherry Lane Theatre, in New York. PERSISTENCE, is a screenplay in the market available for production. Actress, Glenn Close, signed a letter of interest to play the role of Gala Dalí, Salvador's wife, about one year in the life of this iconic, surrealist couple, seen from the eyes of a young Mexican lover. Ms. Plaza is writing the stage version of the same fictionalized story.
At age nine, Plaza starred in the independent Hollywood film, Big Sister, spending the remainder of her formative years between Bogotá, Colombia (her mother’s birth place), and Gernika, Spain (her father’s), until returning to Los Angeles where she graduated from John Marshall High. Studied at Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy, and shortly after, director, Walter Hill, cast Begonya in, 48 HRS. Ms. Plaza also studied with acting teachers; Eric Morris, Rachel Rosenthal and John Lehne, in Los Angeles, and in New York with Bill Hickey, Uta Hagen, Geraldine Page and ultimately her long-time mentor, Michael Howard.
On stage, Begonya originated the role of Mariela Castro Espín, in MARIQUITAS by Eduardo Machado, Ms. Reyes, IN ARABIA WE’D ALL BE KINGS by Stephen Adly Guirgis, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman at The Labyrinth Theatre Company; Carlotta in TERESA’S ECSTASY, a play Ms. Plaza wrote, directed by Will Pomerantz at Cherry Lane Theater; performed in New York’s avant garde, Gas Station, the one-woman show of erotic songs and poems by Bertolt Brecht, starred in OLD FRIENDS by Martin Zurla at Beverly Hills Playhouse, and played Yerma in Garcia Lorca’s YERMA at Ensemble Studio West, under Moscow Art Theatre director, Yevgeny Lanskoy.
Wrote and directed: SOUVENIR VIEWS, a 24-minute documentary about a young man’s rite of passage while in New York during the 9/11 tragedy. Premiered at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival, Festival International del Nuevo Cine Latino Americano in Cuba, Gerona, Spain, and aired nationally on the Independent Film Channel; AMERICAN HERO, a 15- minute short film contemplating the ravages of war as an Iraqi veteran returns home to his sister, played by Plaza, distributed by Shorts International; GERNIKA LIVES, a personal documentary narrated by the late, John Randolph exploring Ms. Plaza’s Basque heritage, and her father’s childhood experiences during the bombing of Guernica and the Spanish Civil War.
A LUCID DREAM in which historical characters Evita Perón, Simón Bolivar, Dolores Ibárruri, and Antonio Machín discuss their past with a tv show host. THE BRISKET BRIGADE, about attaining romance in old age.
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"Writing is a synthesis between self and others, the objective medium taking flight into the unconscious."
Photograph by Xanthe Elbrick
With my acting teacher (1984 - 89) maestro, Michael Howard and his beautiful wife, Betty.
Still photo, AMERICAN HERO , by Caterina Armenter, 2010