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Begonya Plaza
Spanish/American actress, writer, voice-over artist, and director.
Interests: Everything.
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Begonya Plaza is a theatre artist with a foundation in acting, music and writing. After attending two years at Los Angeles Theatre Academy, and studying with Eric Morris, she moved to New York to continue studying with Geraldine Page and Michael Howard. Studied dance at Alvin Ailey, and voice with Graham Bernard. Begonya began acting at age nine as the main character in the independent Hollywood film, "Big Sister". Begonya has been directed by Walter Hill, Oliver Stone, Michael Mann, Tim Hunter, Clint Eastwood, among others. On the stage by Philip Seymour Hoffman, in the original production of "In Arabia We'd All be Kings" at Labyrinth Theatre Company, and in other theatre productions with collaborators such as, Culture Clash, Rachel Rosenthal, Yevgeny Lanskoy, Dan Lauria, Barry Gifford, John Randolph, and Austria's Kurt Palm, performing a one-woman musical of erotic songs by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill Begonya wrote, TERESA’S ECSTASY, a three character full-length play produced Off-Broadway at New York’s Cherry Lane Theatre. Played by Shawn Elliott, Linda Larkin, and Begonya, with Will Pomerantz directing. Teresa's Ecstasy is published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY, originally a screenplay and now adapted for the stage. A fictionalized account of one year in the life of Salvador Dalí and his wife, Gala, seen from the eyes of a young lover. A LUCID DREAM is a full-length play where two historical heroines, Evita Peron and Dolores Ibarruri are obscurely connected intersecting in that place where boundaries dissolve, reminding us that perhaps when we die it means we are exiled, and caught between ego and the spacious realm of God-awareness. SOUVENIR VIEWS is a 45 minute documentary, shot in Barcelona and New York. Premiered at 2003 Tribeca Film Festival, Cuba's Latin American Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Universities, and aired on the IFC channel. GERNIKA LIVES is a very personal work, and a documentary made in 1986, about the bombing of Guernica and Begonya's father's experiences as a child during the the Spanish Civil War. AMERICAN HERO, GERO ARTE, & THE KISS are other short films written, directed performed and edited by Begonya. Films by Begonya on YouTube DEMO ACTING REEL: SAG/AFTRA/EQUITY IMDB Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at Begonya Plaza
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LAB25: Full Circle September 19-24, 2017 Cherry Lane Theater | 38 Commerce Street LAB25: Full Circle celebrates 25 years of creating new work by featuring readings of excerpts from the LAByrinth repertoire, new 10-minute plays by emerging and established playwrights, conversations about the history of the company, plus a special full-length reading of In Arabia We'd All Be Kings by Stephen Adly Guirgis. Tickets Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at Begonya Plaza
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LAB25: Full Circle September 19-24, 2017 Cherry Lane Theater | 38 Commerce Street a special full-length reading of In Arabia We'd All Be Kings by Stephen Adly Guirgis. LAB25: Full Circle celebrates 25 years of creating new work by featuring readings of excerpts from the LAByrinth repertoire, new 10-minute plays... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at Izar Productions
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Many U.S. states, and countries still ban LGBT rights. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at Begonya Plaza
I'm going to write my personal reviews of each book that I read in order to unravel my own thoughts and not move along to the next story, so carelessly. I want to remember and cherish these little treasures not forgetting the message, the feelings evoked, the images inspired, the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at Izar Productions
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Proud and blessed of my Northern Spanish heritage, Euskadi and the family life I created in Catalunya, France and Italy, I realize that most of my memorable adventures have focused around the dinner table, with inspiring conversation, simple delicious food and intoxicating wines. It will be a pleasure sharing my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at Izar Productions
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Private Reading - Friday, September 23rd, 2011 @ 8PM & Saturday 24th at 2PM - La Nacional: 239 West 14th Street (btwn 7th & 8th avenues) Jackie Shark is the Host, the Joker, and God, as she chats in this interview setting with Hispanic historical characters: Eva Perón, Simón Bolivar, Dolores Ibarruri, and Antonio Machín. As these guests flaunt their heroism, humbling secrets are also unveiled that lead them back to a path of true realization. Antonio Machín, 1903 - 1977 - One of the most recorded Cuban singers of the 20th century who in 1930 became a hit wonder in New York with the song, El manisero (The Peanut Vendor), becoming the first Cuban song to sell over a million copies around the world, presaging the rumba explosion of the 1930s. Died in Sevilla, Spain where he lived most of his life. PLAYED BY: Rick Reid Maria Eva (Ibarguren) Perón “Evita” (1919-1952) Argentinian leader and 2nd wife of Juan Perón. In her time Evita was the most powerful woman in the world. PLAYED BY: Elizabeth Inghram Simón Bolivar (1783 – 1830) Liberator of the Americas, leading the independence movement for 6 nations in northern South America. The George Washington of Spanish America. PLAYED BY: Dar Riser Dolores Ibarruri “Pasionaria” (1895 – 1989) A Basque woman of indomitable spirit and a great Spaniard who founded the Spanish Communist party, and won international renown during the Spanish Civil War for her courage defending Republican Spain against Franco. PLAYED BY: Dana Jacks HOST / JACKIE SHARK / JOKER & GOD PLAYED BY: Diana Oh DIRECTED BY: Alberto Bonilla Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Begonya Plaza
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The Krasny Office (Theatrical) 1501 Broadway, Suite 1303 New York, NY 10036 Tel: 212.730.8160 Gary Krasny Lynn Jebens Micky Nagy & Innovative Artists (Commercial/Voice Over) 235 Park Avenue South, 10th Fl. New York, NY 10003 Tel: 212.253.6900 Mickey Shera Marla Haut Allan Duncan Shari Hoffman Debra Sherry Contact me: begonya@begonyaplaza.com IMDB/begonyaplaza - Begonya's Films Living the Poetry Singing the Heart Photograph by Caterina Armenter IATI, 2015 As Hannah in RONENSBOURGH by Beatriz Cabur TERESA'S ECSTASY at Cherry Lane Theatre, 2013 En route for Avila where Carlotta will write about the renown Spanish Saint Teresa of Avila. Becky, her New York magazine publisher, and Carlotta, make a stop over in Barcelona so Carlotta can attempt reconciling with her estranged spouse, Andrés. After the vicious sparring, the laughter and the tears, Carlotta and Becky continue on their journey where the unexpected knocks at their heart and pulls the strings of their love. When the women return to Barcelona on their way back home, Andrés experiences the regret of a love taken for granted. Shawn Elliott, Begonya Plaza and Linda Larkin Workshop process at INTAR, NYC, 2011 My maestro, Michael Howard (1984 - 89) and his beautiful wife, Betty (RIP). AMERICAN HERO a short film about the damage of PTSD and the power of love to cure. Still photo by Caterina Armenter, 2010 Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Begonya Plaza
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GERO ARTE was filmed in the Basque towns of Bakio, San Sebastian, and San Juan de Gasteluatxe, of Northern Spain. Two half siblings meet for the first time when the American sister visits her Basque half brother to make amends for the sins of the father. The story was inspired by the memories of a childhood friend's personal story, when I was twelve, and living in Gernika. GERO ARTE, reimagines a more positive scenario where forgiveness, and honoring the truth opens the possibility of renewal. Written by Begonya Plaza Directed: by Nahuel Losada Starring: Ainhoa Aierbe, Patxi Barco & Begonya Plaza Duration: 15 Min., shot on 5DMark II, Languages: Spanish, English and Euskera with subtitles in English. Aspect ratio: 1920 X1080 (HDV) Private screener on Youtube. Available as a Quicktime .mov and DVD region "o". 2014. My beautiful friend, Kontxi Orbegozo, was so incredibly splendid and kind allowing us to use her bar, Alai Taberna, located in Catalina de Erausa in Donostia. Kontxi was as always, the most extraordinary woman on this planet and dearest of friends. Camera: Antonio Galvez Assistant Camera: Alain Consonni Sound: Jon Fika Editing: Taji Ameen & Begonya Plaza Music: Kepa Junkera Produced by: Izar Productions, CreAv, and Nahuel Losada All rights reserved, Izar Productions, May 12, 2014. Interview with Basque Radio IFLANDIA IFLANDIA entrevista a Begonya Plaza At half show: 51:50 when the second half of the program begins. By Felix y Kike IFlandia Radio Euskadi. Es un programa divertido, interesante sobre cultura y arte. Para todos los de habla hispana les recomiendo descargar sus podcasts. Eskerrik asko, dear friends of Bakio. Koldo and Rosa were amazing in that not only did they offer their bar, Itsasargi Kafetxea, but also sat in the background, encouraged their patrons to do the same, through the entire repetitious take after take process. They turned the night into a big town event. So generous and delighful. We could not have made this film without your love and support. Miguel Uriarte is a friend from long ago, but time and distance never changes his kindness, his intensity of character, his passion for sharing with friends, and love of life. Miguel, has the keys of the town, and he opened all doors for us to make our little film, to then again open his own hand built over the top home, and feed us after a long day's shoot; fresh eggs from his healthy gorgeous chickens, percebes that he himself caught out in the rocky seas, delicious chorizos, sardinas... on and on and on... what heart. Eskerrik asko, Miguelito. I should make a documentary about YOU. There is no better place in the world to work and visit than Euskadi. People are full of life, heart, earth, sea, nature, they have it all, music, sense of humor... so I guess that is why they can afford to be generous, compassionate, kind. Everyone on this film was in awe at the quality of these Basque people, and forever we will remember this experience as one of the greatest creative challenges. Gero arte, (See you again soon.) Begonya VIDEO PRIVATE. FOR FESTIVAL USE ONLY. Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Begonya Plaza
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Iflandia 16_10_2013 -51:50 (a mitad del programa segunda hora) October 16, 2013 Tuve el gran placer de ser entrevistada por Felix y Kike IFlandia Radio Euskadi. Es un programa divertido, interesante sobre cultura y arte. Para todos los de habla hispana les recomiendo descargar sus podcasts. and on October 15, 2013 "Do the Blind Dream?" by Barry Gifford A private reading by the theater group BLACK LODGE THEATER, directed by Alexandra Siladi The play takes place in Fùlmine, a small town close to the sea in the south of Italy. Beatrice, a woman in her seventies, has just died, and her children are gathering to attend her funeral. Aldo, Beatrice's son, and Sandra, her eldest daughter, arrive at the house of "Aunt" Rosa, their mother's caregiver in her last years——Beatrice suffered from Alzheimer's disease——with their respective spouses, Giuliana and Ignazio. Cara, Beatrice's younger daughter, a famous actress, arrives with her American boyfriend, Buddy. The family, along with Aunt Rosa and two men from the funeral home, and later, a Priest, constitute the main cast. "Do the Blind Dream?" is a title built on double entendre: Does anyone, sighted or not, see the truth of daily events? To paraphrase the poet Delmore Schwartz, in dreams reside responsibilities. As the action proceeds we become acquainted with the jealousies, rivalries and secrets concerning the immediate family and the (mostly——as well as ghostly) absent father and husband. As everyone talks we begin to discern how and why they lie——not only to each other but to themselves. The only person among them who retains a true sense of her self, as well as a measure of elegance, is Beatrice, the dead woman, who in life did not speak a coherent sentence in her final years. Here, however, she is free to talk, liberated in death as she was imprisoned in life by convention, a bad marriage and, finally, illness. Also at issue here is the recurrent clash between generations, the traditional and the new; between a burned out culture struggling to be reborn and an often vulgar contemporary one. Cara, despite the serious differences between her and Beatrice, emerges as the one among the children to best represent the values and spirit of their mother. As the family members wrangle, recriminate and stumble toward rapprochement, Buddy, the "visitor from another planet" as one character describes him, is able to pick up and follow the thread of truth as it unravels. And, of course, it is left for Beatrice to have the last word. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2013 at Begonya Plaza
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ENTRE NOSOTROS INTERCAMBIANDO IDEAS A TRAVES DEL MUNDO. Compañeros, he creado un blog en castellano: Nosotros Hablemos para intercambiar ideas con gente de habla hispana. Yo escribiré sobre temas que me interesan, y me vayan insprirando en relacion con nuestra cultura, y situaciones sociales. Quien quiera compartir sus ideas lo podra hacer. El proposito es abrir otra fuente mas de dialogo hacia el compartimiento de ideas creativas, cientificas, economicas, sociales, personales, historicas y politicas. Aunque vivo en Estados Unidos siempre me expreso entre los dos idiomas; castellano/ingles. Voy a intentar no preocuparme mucho de como escribo, y mas de que comunico con mis amigos del mundo que quieran participar en este blog. Por ahora no estoy segura de que temas discutir, son tantas las cosas que me interesan, y cuando me observo día a día, noto que ando rascando de un sitio para otro queriendo encontrar toda material interesante, que me inspire, me ilumine, me haga pensar de una manera un poco mas profunda, de una manera mas sana. Creo que con este blog también voy a poder mejorar mi castellano. Es una lengua que adoro, y cuando oigo a alguien hablar con facilidad, poéticamente, con riqueza de vocabulario me da mucha alegría. De mí os diré que soy una persona apasionada, y enormemente optimista pero poco sentimental. He pasado por momentos de mi vida muy tristes, y desequilibrados, pero creo que la fe en un dios, no se si es una energía cósmica, un poder súper quien nos crea, o una ley karmica que ha hecho que nosotros existamos en un mundo con una naturaleza maravillosa. Pero que hay algo mucho mas glorioso que nosotros por su puesto que si, y esa fuerza creadora es una fuerza buena, positiva, amorosa, y es a la que yo me intento acercar cada día mas. Se que hay mal en el mundo, lo he visto, y me ha afectado, pero con mi fe eterna en mi misma conectada a la buena energía creadora, siempre siguiendo mi corazón he sabido que al final será para bien. Dicen que: "No hay mal que por bien no venga". Cuando alguien me quiere hacer daño conscientemente, se que al final me van a hacer bien, porque ese reto me da fuerza, me da animo y me propone encontrar el camino al éxito personal. Se que el karma se encargara de todo, se que yo no necesito vengarme, solo necesito mirar dentro de mi, y mejorar como persona, arriesgarme, preguntarme que es lo que me hace a mí feliz, que son las cosas me dan alegría, quienes son las personas que me hacen sentir en paz, en harmonía, tranquila, querida, fuerte y libre para hablar con tranquilidad, pasión, y sabiduría. Donde es que yo me siento bien! Y allí es a donde me dirijo. No importa que piensen los demás, no importa que miedos traigan esos impulsos, si es algo bueno, con buenas razones, será bueno al final. Desde muy pequeña quise ser actriz. A los seis años nos fuimos a vivir a Hollywood, y digo Hollywood porque es exactamente donde vivimos por muchos años. Esas calles de Hollywood las camine de niña como cualquier barrio suburbio. Mi primer colé fue Selma School y luego en Franklyn Avenue fue Cheremoya. Fueron años muy felices, aunque recuerdo que mis padres pasaron por grandes fracasos, no recuerdo sufrirlos yo misma, al contrario recuerdo paseos después de cenar por la avenida de Hollywood, en familia, recorriendo las elegantes tiendas, charlando, y soñando de un futuro mejor con mis padres y dos hermanitos. Todas las mañanas mi madre nos llevaba al colé y luego ella seguía a la academia Marinello para estudiar cosmetologia y graduarse de peluquera. Recuerdo a unos padres jóvenes y guapos, energéticos que no se dejaban derrumbar por nada del mundo. Mi padre había vendido su pastelería en Bogotá, Colombia y con ese dinero el y un socio pusieron una cafetería en Hollywood Blvd. Me pregunto, como es que no vendió la pastelería de Bogotá a un precio adecuado como para poder comprar de nuevo, a solas? Ya habiendo tenido experiencias malas con socios aunque fuesen familia y aun así, de nuevo se metería en compromisos donde le quitaran hasta la camisa. Esas experiencias de mis padres me han enseñado a quererme un poco mas a mi misma, a reconocer el valor de mis experiencias, mis labores, porque cuesta mucho llegar a lograr cualquier cosa buena, cuesta tiempo, energía, conocimientos, también ser muy cautelosa para asociarme con otros en cuanto a negocios porque el egoísmo, y las ganas de controlar al otro es algo que los humanos no podemos controlar fácilmente. La persona que lo puede hacer, que nota en si mismo el egoísmo y manda ese habito a volar lejos de él, es considerada para mi como... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2013 at Begonya Plaza
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About the bombing of Gernika and the Spanish Civil War. Written, and directed by Begonya Plaza Edited by: Jack Tucker and Begonya Plaza It is the 50th Anniversary of the bombing of Gernika. Gernika was the first innocent town to be air bombed by Hitler, with the encouragement of Franco... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2013 at Izar Productions
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In PERSISTENCE of MEMORY, an older Jonas looks back at his youthful indulgent one-year adventure with the ingenious Salvador Dalí, and his astute, lascivious wife, Gala. This Mexican boy was young, beautiful, and filled with dreams of becoming a famous dancer, but the frills of celebrity sucked the very marrow... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2013 at Izar Productions