2022 Developmental Residency
Return to Abya Yala
by local playwright Aria "Lune" Acevedo
Focusing on identity within the Indigenous community, Return to Abya Yala takes place in Santos, an imagined San Antonio of the future. It follows the journey of Xo- a detribalized young woman. Xo seeks reconnection to roots lost from centuries of colonization and generational trauma. To the settler’s eye, this future may look like an apocalyptic dystopia, but for Xo and her Indigenous community, could it be the time to finally regain stewardship of the land and heal?
Footage from rehearsal at 50 Arrow Gallery. Featured from left to right: Back Row: Patricia Montoya (Tite Mose), Michelle Falcón Fontánes (director), Nathalie Vincencio (Mama Och), Taixa Lenid (Yareli), Gabriel CiFuentes (Roth), Deveir Cockett (Mantis), Jasmine Rochelle Goodspeed (Xo). Front Row: Aria "Lune" Acevedo (playwright), Kai Kahlila (Enza)
Culminating Final Presentation
Registration is now open to attend our final presentation for Return to Abya Yala, marking the culmination of the residency.
Nov 30th and Dec 1st
El Mercado Hall, Nueva Esperanza
413 Main St., Holyoke
We hope you will join us for this reading and reception. There is a suggested donation of $10/per person. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Meet the Playwright
Aria “Lune” Acevedo (she/they) is a detribalized Indigenous Latine actor, designer, writer, and educator from the San Antonio area. Her work focuses on the importance of honest and authentic intersectional representation of the Latine. Aria is specifically interested in exploring the Mexican-American and detribalized experience, the Queer identity, and life with mental illness and disabilities. Her writing explores and combines different mediums of storytelling and ritual. She is currently based in Western Massachusetts, and holds a BA in Theater and Creative Writing from Hampshire College and an MA in Teaching for Middle and High School Theater and Special Education from Mount Holyoke College. Aria is excited to share her new play, Return to Abya Yala, this December in Holyoke for the culmination of the PIC 2022 Residency.