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Begonya Plaza
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Spanish/American actress, writer, voice-over artist, and director.
Interests: Life and Death.
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Marc Larre Miranda is a young artist from Barcelona in NYC self-imposing a rite-of-passage. Inspired by the Situationist Movement and Guy Debord's philosophy he wants to experience the spontaneity of life as a transient progressing through ambiences. Marc never imagined that he'd be a witness to 9/11. Looking to survive... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2023 at Izar Productions
Begonya Plaza is a bilingual actor, writer, and filmmaker. When living in Hollywood at age nine she starred in the independent film "Big Sister" and appeared in commercials of that time. But she moved around for most of her formative years between California, Guernica in Northern Spain (where her father and her mother's father are from,) and Colombia where she was born until settling down back in Los Angeles to finish high school and college where she continued to pursue an acting profession leading her ultimately to New York. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2021 at Izar Productions
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Doctor Sal shares with her freshmen Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences students her ER patient's Near Death Experience, in relation to the principles of quantum physics and the phenomena of consciousness in these shifting times towards artificial intelligence. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2021 at Begonya Plaza
SAG/AFTRA/EQUITY IMDB Download BPresume CONTACT: Innovative Artists Talent and Literary Agency (voice over / commercials) Michael T. Shera: [email protected], Allan Duncan: [email protected] 235 Park Avenue South, 10th Floor - New York NY 10003 * Tel: 212-659-5126 Email: [email protected] Links to recorded performances The Invisible Catalyst (a poem to Covid-19) A... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2021 at Izar Productions
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Posted Aug 6, 2021 at Begonya Plaza
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In her Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences class, Doctor Sal shares with her freshmen students a Near Death Experience by one of her patients at the ER as relating to the principles of quantum physics and the phenomena of consciousness in times of emerging artificial intelligence. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2021 at Begonya Plaza
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My play Teresa's Ecstasy addresses some of the differences created by perspectives of bias, and prejudice. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2021 at Izar Productions
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Posted Aug 6, 2021 at Izar Productions
"In Arabia We'd All be Kings." by Stephen Adley Guirgis, & directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman Reading to celebrate 20 years since our original production. David Zayas, Ana Ortiz, and I performing together again. "GERNIKA LIVES" "Gernika Lives" is about the bombing of Guernica. The first place on earth to be bombed. The Nazi planes dropped their aerial ammunition over this innocent civilian population with the aid of Fascists Franco and Mussolini, as precursor to World War II, and the Spanish Civil War. Since the XVI Century it was under Gernika's symbolic oak tree that in their Euskera language, leaders gathered to debate, resolve political issues, swear oaths for Basque civil rights and liberties, and come to agreements amongst neighboring kingdoms. Since founded in 1366, Gernika has historically symbolized the freedom and independence of that bountiful territory called Euskadi. For me, it was simply my personal ancestral history, remembering my father telling me as a child, stories of the atrocities he, his family, and his people endured. I sat on his lap absorbing his pain, and registering the tears running down his cheeks while he shared his childhood traumas of fear, loss, and misery. At 26, after visiting my family for Christmas, the nagging idea of returning for the 50th Anniversary to make a documentary, took hold of me. With the money earned as a film actor in Hollywood, I was able to return, raise funds, secure a Basque producer, and bring my father to the April 26, 1987 commemorations. As an autodidact, and with the support of talented colleagues I learned filmmaking through doing, making mistakes, and following my passion. The film captures many beautiful Basques explaining in vivid detail their tragic experiences, exposing the lies, and imploring world leaders to abstain from inhumane and unfruitful violence. Most of them were friends of my fathers who are no longer alive, so this film is a treasure for me, and I hope for you too. When I tried to get distribution in the States, I was told that nobody would be interested in that subject though Picasso's Guernica was a renowned masterpiece. I was devastated, but now I feel like a pioneer, rewarded to see how the contrary is true, and Gernika is relevant to all who advocate peace (BAKEA in Euskera.) "COVID IN NEW YORK CITY" "Invisible Catalyst" a visual poem. SINGING at First Unitarian Church for a fund raiser hosted by Ed Asner Songs: Lost in the Stars and Listen to my Song by Kurt Weill, & Gracias a la Vida by Violeta Parra. ACTING DEMO <a data-mce-fragment="1" data-mce-href="<p>https://youtube.com/user/izarproducciones</p>" href="<p>https://youtube.com/user/izarproducciones</p>" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Youtube Videos</a><span data-mce-fragment="1" data-mce-type="bookmark" id="mce_marker"></span> "In her mouth lingers the taste of another man" One-Woman theatre piece of writings by Bertolt Brecht, and music by Kurt Weill. Bertolt Brecht's erotic songs and poems, performed at NYU's Deutsches Haus and the Gas Station, an iconic avant-garde art space (also called 2B) in New York City's, East Village. Conceived for Vienna's theater company, Sparverein Die Unzertrennlichen, directed by Kurt Palm, musical director, Josef Reiter, Production design: Ursula Huebner, production manager, Martin Fritz. Many papers refused to print the title, in 1990. Because of its raciness, the video on youtube is restricted to mature audiences. Other recorded Performances: Invisible Catalyst (Poem to Covid-19 NY) A scene from "In Arabia We'd all be Kings" by Stephen Adley Guirgis Benefit performance at First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, hosted by Ed Asner "Silver Tongued Devil" Begonya Plaza for Rimes of The Ancient Mariner February 24, 2016 Gernika Lives (full version) Souvenir Views (outtakes) The Artist Way (short film) American Hero (short film) Gero Arte (short film) Cat and I in Port Lligat researching Salvador Dalí Childhood friends: Mauri, Felipe and Jesus breaking bread in Euskadi Lament (10" stage play) THE KISS (short film) On the US1 with Zelda Kaplan * Jeffrey Gurian Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2021 at Begonya Plaza
SAG/AFTRA - EQUITY Download BPRresume Begonya Plaza is a bilingual actor, writer, and filmmaker. When living in Hollywood at age nine she starred in an independent film called "Big Sister" and appeared in several commercials. She bounced around for most of her formative years between California, Guernica in Northern Spain (where her father, and her mother's father are from), and Colombia where she was born until settling down again in Los Angeles. She finished high school at John Marshall High while working as writer and anchor for the Emmy Award winning television news program, Student News on channel 58. After an internship at ABC News, she contemplated joining the air force but when learning that women could not be pilots attended the Los Angeles Theatre Academy at LACC College. After her role in 48 HRS and realizing that she was going to be typecast she moved to New York to study classical theatre at the National Shakespeare Company, and train with Geraldine Page, Bill Hickey, Herbert Berghof, Eric Morris, and Michael Howard, also dance at Alvin Ailey, and voice with Graham Bernard. Throughout, always attending independent writing courses at NYU, UCLA, AFI, and with Robert McKee. Some of the directors and actors Begonya has worked with in film, television, and stage include: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Walter Hill, Oliver Stone, Michael Mann, Amy Jones, Tim Hunter, Clint Eastwood, and Ellen Kuras, Tom Cruise, Nick Nolte, Robert De Niro, Willem Dafoe, Roddy McDowall, and Carroll O'Connor, among others. Begonya has worked with the Labyrinth Theatre Company originating the role of Ms. Reyes in Stephen Adly Guirgis' "In Arabia We'd all be Kings" directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. At the Beverly Hills Playhouse she originated the role of Rose in "Old Friends" written by Martin Zurla, directed by Richard Zavaglia, produced by Dan Lauria. At New York City's avant-garde Gas Station Begonya performed a 1-person musical of Bertolt Brecht poems with compositions by Kurt Weill, directed by Austria's Kurt Palm and his theatre company. At the Ensemble Studio Theatre West she played Garcia Lorca's "Yerma" directed by Russian director Yuvgeny Lanskoy, and originated the role of Hannah in "Ronensbourgh" at IATI theatre in NYC. Also Begonya has collaborated with Culture Clash, Rachel Rosenthal, and Barry Gifford productions. Between acting jobs Begonya took a year off to make a documentary in the Basque country. She found the funding to write, produce, direct, and bring from Los Angeles her editor friend the Emmy Award winning editor, Jack Tucker. "Gernika Lives" is a 40-minute film about the bombing of Gernika and the 50th anniversary remembrance ceremonies. She filmed her father along with his family, and friends, survivors of the bombing of Gernika, the first ever aerial bombing prior to the Spanish Civil War. The documentary is narrated by John Randolph, with whom Begonya she collaborated on a multitude of socially conscious projects. After Begonya starred in the CBS television series "Dark Justice" a co-production with Catalán tv, shot in Barcelona, she remained there to have a child, form a family and live life with new perspectives that invited other probabilities. She turned down the film Mambo Kings, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, and when discovering she was pregnant had to withdraw from a third call-back for Man of La Mancha on Broadway. Begonya wrote, filmed, edited, and produced the documentary, “Souvenir Views” as an homage to NYC. About a young man's self-imposed rite-of-passage experience in Lower Manhattan post 9/11. The film premiered at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, La Habana International Festival, aired two consecutive years on The Independent Film Channel, and traveled to East Coast universities including Wagner College and Dartmouth University. Begonya wrote “Teresa’s Ecstasy” a three-character, full-length play, and performed in the Off-Broadway run opposite Shawn Elliott, and Linda Larkin. Directed by Will Pomerantz and produced by Jack Sharkey and Jim Weiner at the historical Cherry Lane Theatre in NYC. Teresa's Ecstasy is published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. Her screenplay "The Persistence of Memory" is about one year in the life of Salvador Dalí and his wife, Gala, seen from the eyes of a young lover. The script garnered letters of interest from the celebrated actress Glenn Close, and director of photography, Juan Ruiz Anchía. While pursuing the funding for a film production, Begonya wrote a rendition for the stage, and is currently completing the novel version. Poet, Phillip Giambri narrates "Dalí Esque-Apades" the prologue to her novel-in-progress on YouTube. Begonya's poem "Love" was published in Silver Tongued Devil Anthology / Rimes of the Ancient Mariner, Celebrating 5 years of East Village Poetry, her poem "To Caterina from her Mother" is published in Beyond Words Magazine, November 2021, both in print & online. Other poems are in The Write Launch, The Ulu Review, L'Esprit magazine, and Rogues... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2021 at Begonya Plaza
The Invisible Catalyst, a coronavirus poem with visuals of empty New York City during the quarantine on April 13, 2020 Background guitar music by Henry Purcell, Dido's Lament. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2020 at Begonya Plaza
Illusory Wall Street nightclub life of New York City in early 2000. Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2019 at Begonya Plaza
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Back in early 2017, Becky and John, Bob and I went on vacation to Sedona, Arizona, the desert land of high vibratory energy. I didn’t give the trip much thought prior to our travel date and not until we actually landed in Phoenix, did it occur to me that perhaps I could take advantage of the rich natural setting where many of our country’s most gifted new age healers reside to book a session with one. I thought to myself, how foolish of me that I did not think of this sooner but figured, the best I can do now is to give it a shot, and see who I can access. There were two reasons for me to want to see someone with higher conscious powers. One was, that I have a skin condition relating to an autoimmune deficiency and I’m always interested in finding out practices of energy healing work, and ancestral karmic cleansings which might possibly uproot the cause and help cure naturally. The other reason was, that I wanted to be better prepared for attending the setting and spiritual aura where my beloved uncle had passed in the Grand Canyon so many years ago. Aparicio drowned in the Colorado River after hiking down the Canyon one hot Good Friday, at twenty-seven years of age. Learning of his loss meant a rite of passage experience for me having just turned fifteen, myself. The night prior to the devastating news, I hadn’t slept a wink. The bedroom I shared with my sister was dark and ominous that night as I laid awake crying uncontrollably, for no reason at all, except that my imagination inspired thoughts of my mother dead, and what life would be like without her. The following day, at school, everyone asked me what happened and why my eyes were so puffy and red. I tried to explain that it was from crying all night, without an actual reason for it. After school that day, I went straight home. A few hours later, a girlfriend came by after having visited my parent’s bakery looking for me. With a confused smile, she blurted out, very matter of fact, “Your mom was wailing on the phone. Do you have an uncle? I think her brother died.” In that moment time stood still, and I felt like I was out of my body. I asked my friend to leave, resenting her insensitivity and for being the messenger of such dreadful news. I walked over to a window, and as I watched the people walking on the street down below, I wondered how the world could continue moving after such a tragedy. Days, weeks and months went by in a stupefied state, and feeling as if I was in a dream. I always sensed a strong connection with my uncle, Aparicio. He represented illuminating treasured moments of my childhood. After his death many events in my life coincidentally related to him in oddly synchronistic ways occurred, which only now I have come to recognize. Late that night when we arrived to Sedona, I got a contact for a medium from the waiter serving us at the restaurant in our hotel. “Her name is Nema, call her, she’s very good. I would gladly help you, but tomorrow I leave for ten days” said the long hair, tattooed waiter, heavily ornamented with crystals and amulets. Bob couldn’t help but poke fun at my confidence in what he felt were flimsy concepts and even tried to dissuade me from pursuing such “dubious” ideas. I liked the waiter’s energy, so I immediately called the number he had given me, written down on the back of his card. The following morning, Nema returned my phone call. We spoke and made an appointment at her earliest available time which was after my trip to the Grand Canyon. I asked her advice on how I could best honor my uncle’s spirit when visiting the site of his final day on earth. Nema recommended that I take a quartz stone, pray on it, and find an area to bury it as a gift for him, in a moment of privacy and quiet. The day at the Grand Canyon started sunny and with clear skies. We walked through several areas near the visitor center, took our usual touristy photos, and selfies, admiring in awe and with wonder the Canyon’s majestic powerful beauty. Then, Bob and I held hands in contemplation of the river down below hidden between crevices and boulders the size of the tallest skyscrapers in the world. We both cried with deep emotion for the memory of my uncle. Bob whispered to me, “If we have to die, what better place to take flight then from here.” I quietly agreed, though wishing still it hadn’t been so... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2018 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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Many U.S. states, and countries still ban LGBT rights. Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at Begonya Plaza
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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