Heart-Land

In Celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, Aria Creative Productions Presents a Staged Reading of Heart-Land, a Lesbian Drama

UPDATE: We have postponed tonight’s staged reading of “Heart-Land” due to a positive COVID case and possible exposure of the virus among our creative team. As the health and safety of our actors and patrons are our number one priority, we have rescheduled the reading to Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Alamo City Studios. We thank our supporters for their understanding and look forward to presenting this powerful play next month. Tickets that have already been purchased will be transferred to the new date. For questions about refunds or other concerns, please contact info@ariacreativeproductions.com.

San Antonio, TX (June 13, 2022) – In observance of National LGBTQ+ Pride Month, Aria Creative Productions will present a staged reading of Heart-Land by Leslie Powell. The reading will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23, 2022 at Alamo City Studios. Jade Esteban Estrada will direct. Alamo City Studios is located at 1113 Houston Street in San Antonio, Texas. Seating is limited. Face masks are recommended. General admission tickets are $10. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online through Brown Paper Tickets.

This is the fifth installment of the New Play Development Series. The purpose of the program is to give playwrights an opportunity to further develop new works. 

Each official selection of the series will receive two rehearsals before the staged reading and an audience feedback session. 

Heart-Land is the psychological story of Jackie, a young professional who falls in love with Celeste, a woman running from her past and an abusive relationship. When Jackie receives a call from her former fiance, the exchange puts the couple’s relationship in the balance. 

Photo: Adrienne Anderson

The cast includes Kristen Chen, Amy Abrigo, Val Martinez, Karen Ross Garrett, and Delicia Herrera.

Leslie Powell is a Tucson-based playwright and a co-producer of the North Shore Readers Collaborative Theater.

This is Aria Creative Productions’ second staged reading with its new artistic director, Jade Esteban Estrada, who joined the company on May 9.

“For a playwright, a staged reading is an important preparatory step in the creative process,” said Estrada. “Last month’s reading of Backstage Fairytale by Michael John McGoldrick was an artistically rewarding experience. I am equally thrilled about this month’s selection.”

The New Play Development Series is an on-going initiative. 

“The purpose of this program is to bring more fully developed plays to our stages,” said Estrada. “When a great, meaningful play has an opening night, it is likely that the play had a table reading, a staged reading, and one or more workshop development performances. In my own experience as a playwright, I get a better picture of what my play is about after I present it in front of a live audience.” 

To request high-resolution photos of the Heart-Land cast or creative team, or to request an interview with Artistic Director Jade Esteban Estrada, please email your request to jade@ariacreativeproductions.com.

General information:

Heart-Land is the psychological story of Jackie, a young professional who falls in love with Celeste, a woman running from her past and an abusive relationship. When Jackie receives a call from her former fiance, the exchange puts the couple’s relationship in the balance. 

Performance Dates:

June 23, 2022 

Thursday at 7 p.m. 

Presented at:

Alamo City Studios

1113 Houston Street

San Antonio, Texas 78205

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Tickets are $10.00 general admission

Tickets are available at the door or online at Brown Paper Tickets at https://bpt.me/5486639. No refunds. Exchange only for another show date.

Limited seating. Masks are strongly encouraged.