Current Production

APRIL 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, and 21

​Doors open @ 7:30PM 




​DALLAS, TX 75218


Three women working in an immigration detention center struggle with meeting the needs of detainees, adhering to company policies, and battling their own personal demons. The company’s brochures depict a humane and comfortable facility. Inside these walls everyone is an enemy, even their inner conscious. Empathy is often seen as a sign of weakness and insubordination. “Cell” takes us on a journey of self-discovery and preservation. 
When do “we” turn into “them”? 
When does company policy trump moral obligation?

Natalia Figueroa

Join us for a special Q&A after the show with playwright

Cassandra Medley! 

​Friday, April 13 & Saturday, April 14

 Mariana Mariel 


Natalia Figueroa is a Colombian woman who is very excited about working with Calavera Theatre Company. She is ready to bring her passion and her love for acting to the stage! 

Mariana Mariel is a teacher at an all-girls school in Dallas. She was a founder member of Cambalache Teatro en Español where she performed in various plays and had the opportunity to direct as well. After three years of taking a break from performing, she is excited and honored to be on the stage again with Calavera Theatre Company and to share the stage with two amazing female actors. 

Kiara Nañez-Zurita is a first time actress from Carrollton, TX. She is the youngest of the cast and is currently a Junior at Newman Smith High School. She has been surrounded by acting and singing her whole life and is now ready to put her experiences to the test.




​A play by Cassandra Medley 

Kiara Nañez-Zurita


Cassandra Medley is a playwright and teacher.
Her recently produced plays include: American Slavery Project (NYC), Cell (Molelo Theater, CA, and Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon 2011, NYC), Daughter (Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon 2009, NYC), Noon Day Sun (Diverse City Theatre Company, NYC), and Relativity, a commission from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC).

Ms. Medley has the received the 2004 “Going to the River Writers” Life Achievement Award, the 2002 Ensemble Studio Theatre 25th Anniversary Award for Theatre Excellence, the 2001 Theatrefest Regional Playwriting Award for Best Play, the 1995 New Professional Theatre Award, and the 1995 Marilyn Simpson Award. She was a 1989 finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award in Playwriting, and won the 1990 National Endowment for the Arts Playwright Award. She was the 1986 recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Grant and received a New York State Council on the Arts Grant in 1987.

She teaches playwriting at Sarah Lawrence College, has taught at New York University, and has also served as guest artist at Columbia University, the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop and Seattle University.

Ms. Medley worked as a staff writer for ABC Television on One Life to Live from 1995-97.

She is a playwright member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre, New River Dramatists, and the Dramatists Guild.