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By José Rivera
Directed by Steven J. Satta

Running now through February 8
Performances Thursday-Saturday at 7:30PM
Sundays at 2:30PM

When Gabriela awakens to find her husband Benito has returned from a military assignment, their lust and frustration reach a boiling point, sending the couple down a corkscrewing slide of marital strife, sexual tension, and hostility. A Cat, a Coyote, and The Moon help weave Rivera’s story in language poetic and grounded, sensual and sardonic, all against the sweltering backdrop of a barren summer wasteland.
Parking available on the street and in the adjacent lot. 

Tickets just $10-25 for first 4 weekends of the run, then move to $10-30 for the final weekend
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“Steamy and slightly scary. José Rivera creates a distinctive, colorful world.”
-Baltimore Sun

“Intriguing, inventive, playful and disturbing.” WYPR

“4.5 stars! As poignant as it is engaging.” -DC Metro Theatre Arts 

“A wild ride full of unexpected moments of tenderness, confusion, and anger that manages to bridge the gap
between art and life.” -Bmore Art



Jessica Garrett* | Gabriela
Kaveh Haerian | Benito/Moon
Heather Peacock | Cat
Nathan Fulton* | Coyote
Sam Hayder |Martin

Production Team

Steve Satta | Director
Lauren Saunders | Assistant Director
Cat Rodriguez |Dramaturg
Katie Bücher | Stage Manager
Sam Kuczynski** | Set Designer
Julie Potter | Costume Designer
Alec Lawson | Lighting Designer
Jill Kyle-Keith | Prop Designer
Gavin Heck | Sound Designer
Alec Lawson | Master Electrician
Genevieve de Mahy* | Artistic Director
Kellie Mecleary* | Producing Director

* Denotes SCT Company Member
** Denotes SCT Associate Company Member

Special Events:

Thursday, January 29th—POST SHOW DISCUSSION

Meet the Actors
Audience members are welcome to join us after the performance to talk with the actors about the process and the production of References to Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot. The members of the cast will talk about their experience, and answer any questions from the audience. SEE THIS PERFORMANCE. 


Hungry for more? Check out the trailer for look at Barstow.



jose_riveraPlaywriting honors include two OBIE Awards (for Marisol and References To Salvador Dalí Make Me Hot , both produced by the Public Theater, New York), a Whiting Foundation Award, a McKnight Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Grant, and a Kennedy Center Grant. On a Fulbright Arts Fellowship he was writer-in-residence at the Royal Court Theatre, London. He has served as a creative advisor for Sundance Screenwriting Labs in Utah, Jordan, and India.

In 2005 Rivera became the first Puerto Rican nominated for an Academy Award in screenwriting for his first produced screenplay, The Motorcycle Diaries, directed by Walter Salles. The Motorcycle Diaries was also nominated for a BAFTA Award and a Writers Guild of

America Award and received Spain’s Goya Award as well as Argentina’s top screenwriting prize. His film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, also directed by Salles, premieres worldwide in 2012.

Recent works include a new translation of Kiss of the Spider Woman, a musical set in the Colombia women’s prison Buen Pastor written for The Civilians theater company, and Love Makes the City Crumble, his first novel. He lives in New York with his wife, actress, writer, and director Sona Tatoyan.