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  • GERNIKA LIVES
    Spanish Civil War documentary
  • SOUVENIR VIEWS
    Homage to NY post 9/11 documentary
  • THE REAL GERNIKA
    Bombing of Guernica documentary
  • PERSISTENCE
    Screenplay
  • TALK SHOW
    Hispanic Historical Play
  • TERESA'S ECSTASY
    3 Character Play En route to Avila in Spain for a writing assignment, Carlotta and her enamored New York magazine publisher, Becky, make a stop-over in Barcelona, where Carlotta attempts to reconcile with her estranged artist/husband, Andrés. They unexpectedly have to delay their stay due to lost luggage. After clever bantering, sprinkled with subtle chauvinist innuendoes the deep-seated differences are revealed, proving laughter, food and lust insufficient. Carlotta and Becky continue on their journey of inquiry to Avila. It is inside the 16th Century walled city, surrounded by mysticism and Saint Teresa's feminist message that Becky and Carlotta find love between them. Forced to return for their luggage, Carlotta’s confession to Andrés, the staunch self-proclaimed atheist, is met with sanctimonious judgment, and unrelenting regret, but by now it is too late. Through this triangular dynamic, the truth is uncovered that language, culture, gender, religious, political beliefs and even love, all prove themselves just tactical weapons during power struggles. The heart has no boundaries when all is said and done.
  • AMERICAN HERO
    Short Film
  • ACTING WORK
    Begonya Plaza is a bilingual actor, writer and filmmaker. She began acting professionally at age nine playing the lead in an independent Hollywood film titled, Big Sister. Begonya was born in Colombia, and when she was two years old the family moved to her father’s hometown, Gernika, in Northern Spain. At age six, the family moved to Los Angeles. During Begonya’s formative years she continued bouncing between these three locations. In Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy, after completing her second year, Begonya was not invited back to the third year. They’re explanation was that she didn't fit in. Begonya then studied with Eric Morris and soon after, film director Walter Hill cast her in, 48 HRS. In a role that originally required nudity, but after Begonya refused, they adjusted the character to wear an Indigenous costume. She also rejected changing her name, and fought against playing only sexy Latina stereotype roles. Begonya moved to New York where she studied dance at Alvin Ailey, and privately: voice, dialects, and acting with the top teachers of that time, including Bill Hickey, Geraldine Page, Michael Howard and others of varied acting styles and approaches. While building an acting career, Begonya attended writing workshops at UCLA extensions, American Film Institute, NYU, and with Robert McKee. Begonya has been directed in featured and starring roles by Oliver Stone, Michael Mann, Amy Jones, Tim Hunter, Clint Eastwood, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Ellen Kuras, amongst others. At Labyrinth Theatre Company, Begonya originated the role of Ms. Reyes in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “In Arabia We'd All be Kings.” Begonya has collaborated in stage productions with artists like: John Randolph, Dan Lauria, Barry Gifford, Ensemble Studio Theatre-West, Austria’s Kurt Palm and Russia’s, Yevgeny Lanskoy. In1987, Begonya spent a year in Spain, raising money, writing, filming, directing and editing a documentary about the bombing of Gernika and her father’s childhood experiences during the Spanish Civil War. In 1991 Begonya starred in the CBS series, Dark Justice, shot in Barcelona where eventually her daughter was born. “Souvenir Views” is a 45” documentary about a young Catalan man living a rite-of-passage experience during the tragic events of 9/11 in New York City. The film premiered at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival, La Habana International Festival and aired on The Independent Film Channel for two consecutive years. “Teresa’s Ecstasy” is Begonya’s first full-length play which she wrote and acted in, opposite: Shawn Elliott, and Linda Larkin. “Teresa’s Ecstasy” was produced Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre, in New York’s historic Greenwich Village, with producer/theatre angel, Jack Sharkey at the helm.
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Friday, 16 November 2012

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