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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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My Artist Life in Photos Writer, filmmaker, actor, and singer, Begonya Plaza, shares below a scene from the 20th Anniversary reading of, In Arabia We'd all be Kings, by Stephen Adly Guirgis, a 1987 documentary that Begonya made on the 50th Anniversary of the bombing of Gernika, to honor her father who was a child victim, a poem inspired by Covid19, 3 songs for peace performed at First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, and Begonya's acting reel. Enjoy! More Youtube Videos GERNIKA LIVES Gernika_Lives _ The Bombing of Gernika, 83 years ago. from Izar Productions on Vimeo. Duration: 39:00. I ask myself, would I've been born if my father had not lived through the bombing of Gernika and Spanish Civil War? That calamity forced many people from Euskadi and Spain to disperse throughout the world. They needed to escape the horrors and the misery. My dad arrived to Bogotá Colombia at age 22 with dreams, hopes and enthusiasm to create a world of opportunity for himself and for others around him. Today there is no escaping the horrors of divisiveness. Fleeing doesn't resolve the collective burdens. Mother nature is hitting us strong through this pandemic. May we fight this invisible agent with calm and clear minds. May we not fall prey to the hate and fear mongers who sell ideas based on false premises backed by minimal information, irrational thinking and personal agendas. May we not pick sides just to gratify a sense of resolve, revenge or belonging. We are all in this together with compassion for our future generations. Let's transform this disadvantage to a creative good, a lesson, a triumph. As a child hearing my father's stories of his childhood anguish I was affected and inspired because of his tenacity and heart. Today my father isolates with my mother by his side in Gernika, and I can only imagine the sadness he must feel looking out his window, unable to engage with those few friends left from his childhood. His entire life was a constant process of detachment, adaptation and re-introduction, to now again readjust and trust in the human condition as the motor of social enterprise halts and fear ensues. A Poem on the pandemic of our times, on covid19. The Invisible Catalyst, a poem prayer to Covid19 Songs: Lost in the Stars and Listen to my Song by Kurt Weill, and Gracias a la Vida by Violeta Parra. Youtube Videos​ Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2020 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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I am so moved by the human experience that I want to take responsibility in my engagement with it. I want my creative interpretation to have conviction of emotion and reflection. I want to catch the ring of truth beyond space and time, and be able to express it fearlessly with disregard of disapproval and egotism. My goal is to grow, learning to become clearer and more forceful with every creative attempt of expression. As a citizen of the world I realize that art is a universal language that evokes feeling and beauty. My rich bilingual upbringing allows me to speak, write and read in both English and Spanish. I love them both, and I love how words express concepts that humble me, fill me with gratitude, keep me curious and in awe. Because it is beyond my control how others respond to me or my work, I can’t expect appreciation from all, or even most, but life has taught me that there are always, some special particular ones. May my beautiful and witty play "Teresa's Ecstasy” breath life in the hearts of those ones, whom it is graciously meant for. Begonya Plaza is a bilingual actor, writer and filmmaker. She began acting professionally at age nine playing the lead in an independent Hollywood film titled, Big Sister. Begonya was born in Colombia. At age two the family moved to her father’s hometown, Gernika, in Northern Spain. At age six, the family moved to Los Angeles. During Begonya’s formative years she continued bouncing between these three locations. In Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy, after completing her second year, Begonya was not invited back to the third year. They’re explanation was that she didn't fit in. Begonya then studied with Eric Morris and soon after, film director Walter Hill cast her in, 48 HRS. In a role that originally required nudity, but after Begonya refused, they adjusted the character to wear an Indigenous costume. She also rejected changing her name, and fought against playing only sexy Latina stereotype roles. Begonya moved to New York where she studied dance at Alvin Ailey, and privately: voice, dialects, and acting with the top teachers of that time, including Bill Hickey, Geraldine Page, Michael Howard and others of varied acting styles and approaches. While building an acting career, Begonya attended writing workshops at UCLA extensions, American Film Institute, NYU, and with Robert McKee. Begonya has been directed in featured and starring roles by Oliver Stone, Michael Mann, Amy Jones, Tim Hunter, Clint Eastwood, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Ellen Kuras, amongst others. At Labyrinth Theatre Company, Begonya originated the role of Ms. Reyes in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “In Arabia We'd All be Kings.” Begonya has collaborated in stage productions with artists like: John Randolph, Dan Lauria, Barry Gifford, Ensemble Studio Theatre-West, Austria’s Kurt Palm and Russia’s, Yevgeny Lanskoy. In1987, Begonya spent a year in Spain, raising money, writing, filming, directing and editing a documentary about the bombing of Gernika and her father’s childhood experiences during the Spanish Civil War. In 1991 Begonya starred in the CBS series, Dark Justice, shot in Barcelona where eventually her daughter was born. “Souvenir Views” is a 45” documentary about a young Catalan man living a rite-of-passage experience during the tragic events of 9/11 in New York City. The film premiered at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival, La Habana International Festival and aired on The Independent Film Channel for two consecutive years. “Teresa’s Ecstasy” is Begonya’s first full-length play which she wrote and acted in, opposite: Shawn Elliott, and Linda Larkin. “Teresa’s Ecstasy” was produced Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre, in New York’s historic Greenwich Village, with producer/theatre angel, Jack Sharkey at the helm. TERESA’S ECSTASY is a three-character full-length play produced Off-Broadway at New York’s Cherry Lane Theatre. Starring Shawn Elliott, Linda Larkin, and Begonya Plaza. Directed by Will Pomerantz, produced by Jim Weiner with Jack Sharkey at the helm. Publisher: Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. En route to Avila in Spain for a writing assignment, Carlotta and her enamored New York magazine publisher, Becky, make a stop-over in Barcelona, where Carlotta attempts to reconcile with her estranged artist/husband, Andrés. They unexpectedly have to delay their stay due to lost luggage. After clever bantering, sprinkled with subtle chauvinist innuendoes, the deep-seated differences are revealed, proving laughter, food and lust insufficient. Carlotta and Becky continue on their journey of inquiry to Avila. It is inside the 16th Century walled city, surrounded by mysticism and Saint Teresa's feminist message that Becky and Carlotta find love between them. Forced to return for their luggage, Carlotta’s confession to Andrés, the staunch self-proclaimed atheist, is met with sanctimonious judgment, and unrelenting regret, but by now it is too late. Through this triangular dynamic, the truth is uncovered that language, culture, gender, religious, political beliefs... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at Begonya Plaza
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Begonya Plaza is a bilingual actor, writer and filmmaker. She began acting professionally at age nine playing the lead in an independent Hollywood film titled, Big Sister. Begonya was born in Colombia. At age two the family moved to her father’s hometown, Gernika, in Northern Spain. At age six, the family moved to Los Angeles. Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at Izar Productions
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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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I am so moved by the human experience that I want to take responsibility in my engagement with it. I want my creative interpretation to have conviction of emotion and reflection. I want to catch the ring of truth beyond space and time, and be able to express it fearlessly with disregard of disapproval and egotism. My goal is to grow, learning to become clearer and more forceful with every creative attempt of expression. As a citizen of the world I realize that art is a universal language that evokes feeling and beauty. My rich bilingual upbringing allows me to speak, write and read in both English and Spanish. I love them both, and I love how words express concepts that humble me, fill me with gratitude, keep me curious and in awe. Because it is beyond my control how others respond to me or my work, I can’t expect appreciation from all, or even most, but life has taught me that there are always, some special particular ones. May my beautiful and witty play "Teresa's Ecstasy” breath life in the hearts of those ones, whom it is graciously meant for. Begonya Plaza is a bilingual actor, writer and filmmaker. She began acting professionally at age nine playing the lead in an independent Hollywood film titled, Big Sister. Begonya was born in Colombia. At age two the family moved to her father’s hometown, Gernika, in Northern Spain. At age six, the family moved to Los Angeles. During Begonya’s formative years she continued bouncing between these three locations. In Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy, after completing her second year, Begonya was not invited back to the third year. They’re explanation was that she didn't fit in. Begonya then studied with Eric Morris and soon after, film director Walter Hill cast her in, 48 HRS. In a role that originally required nudity, but after Begonya refused, they adjusted the character to wear an Indigenous costume. She also rejected changing her name, and fought against playing only sexy Latina stereotype roles. Begonya moved to New York where she studied dance at Alvin Ailey, and privately: voice, dialects, and acting with the top teachers of that time, including Bill Hickey, Geraldine Page, Michael Howard and others of varied acting styles and approaches. While building an acting career, Begonya attended writing workshops at UCLA extensions, American Film Institute, NYU, and with Robert McKee. Begonya has been directed in featured and starring roles by Oliver Stone, Michael Mann, Amy Jones, Tim Hunter, Clint Eastwood, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Ellen Kuras, amongst others. At Labyrinth Theatre Company, Begonya originated the role of Ms. Reyes in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “In Arabia We'd All be Kings.” Begonya has collaborated in stage productions with artists like: John Randolph, Dan Lauria, Barry Gifford, Ensemble Studio Theatre-West, Austria’s Kurt Palm and Russia’s, Yevgeny Lanskoy. In1987, Begonya spent a year in Spain, raising money, writing, filming, directing and editing a documentary about the bombing of Gernika and her father’s childhood experiences during the Spanish Civil War. In 1991 Begonya starred in the CBS series, Dark Justice, shot in Barcelona where eventually her daughter was born. “Souvenir Views” is a 45” documentary about a young Catalan man living a rite-of-passage experience during the tragic events of 9/11 in New York City. The film premiered at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival, La Habana International Festival and aired on The Independent Film Channel for two consecutive years. “Teresa’s Ecstasy” is Begonya’s first full-length play which she wrote and acted in, opposite: Shawn Elliott, and Linda Larkin. “Teresa’s Ecstasy” was produced Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre, in New York’s historic Greenwich Village, with producer/theatre angel, Jack Sharkey at the helm. TERESA’S ECSTASY is a three-character full-length play produced Off-Broadway at New York’s Cherry Lane Theatre. Starring Shawn Elliott, Linda Larkin, and Begonya Plaza. Directed by Will Pomerantz, produced by Jim Weiner with Jack Sharkey at the helm. Publisher: Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. En route to Avila in Spain for a writing assignment, Carlotta and her enamored New York magazine publisher, Becky, make a stop-over in Barcelona, where Carlotta attempts to reconcile with her estranged artist/husband, Andrés. They unexpectedly have to delay their stay due to lost luggage. After clever bantering, sprinkled with subtle chauvinist innuendoes, the deep-seated differences are revealed, proving laughter, food and lust insufficient. Carlotta and Becky continue on their journey of inquiry to Avila. It is inside the 16th Century walled city, surrounded by mysticism and Saint Teresa's feminist message that Becky and Carlotta find love between them. Forced to return for their luggage, Carlotta’s confession to Andrés, the staunch self-proclaimed atheist, is met with sanctimonious judgment, and unrelenting regret, but by now it is too late. Through this triangular dynamic, the truth is uncovered that language, culture, gender, religious, political beliefs... 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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IN HER MOUTH LINGERS THE TASTE OF ANOTHER MAN Throughout September 1990, Begonya performed Bertolt Brecht's erotic songs and poems, 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 and directed by Kurt Palm as part of Vienna's theater company, Sparverein Die Unzertrennlichen. Musical director: Josef Reiter, Production design: Ursula Huebner, Production manager: Martin Fritz REPRESENTATION 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 Begoña is the patron saint of Bizkaia in Northern Spain. My father is Basque, and my mother is half Colombian and half Basque. I was raised and influenced by three cultures and two languages. My first professional acting job was at the age of nine and since then I've practiced acting, writting or filming visual stories. I attended Los Angeles Theatre Academy, I studied in New York with illustrious private acting and voice teachers, dance at Alvin Ailey and intermittently between acting jobs, I took writing courses at NYU, UCLA, AFI, or made documentary films that nurtured my sense of identity and inquisitive free spirit. After starring in a CBS television series shot in Barcelona, I stayed behind to explore life and form a family. By then I had already made “Gernika Lives”, a documentary about the bombing of Gernika, and my father’s experiences of the Spanish Civil War. After the tragic events of 9/11, I paid homage with “Souvenir Views”, a 45” documentary about a young Catalan man living a rite-of-passage experience in New York City. The film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, La Habana International Festival, and aired on The Independent Film Channel, 2003, 2004, 2005. In 2012 my play, “Teresa’s Ecstasy”, a three-character full-length play had an Off-Broadway run at the Cherry Lane Theatre. The ensemble consisted of: Shawn Elliott, Linda Larkin and myself. Produced by Jack Sharkey and Jim Weiner. Currently published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. and Larry Harbison. “Persistence of Memory” is a screenplay about one year in the life of Salvador and Gala Dalí, seen from the eyes of a young lover. Proud to mention that the phenomenal actress, Glenn Close, signed a letter of interest to help me move the project forward. Also, director of photography, Juan Ruiz Anchia, signed on to direct the film if I succeeded with raising the funds. The aspect I a least interested in pursuing. In 1982, I was directed by Walter Hill in "48 HRS". A role that originally required nudity. I was able to convince my brilliant director to dress me as an Indian girl. Shortly afterwards, I moved to New York to continue studying and pursue New York theatre work. Some of my many influential acting teachers were: Bill Hickey, Geraldine Page, Michael Howard, Michael Chekhov, Herbert Berghoff, Sandford Meisner, Wynn Handman, Eric Moris, Jeff Corey, Rachel Rosenthal. I have been directed in featured and starring roles by directors like, Oliver Stone, Michael Mann, Amy Jones, Tim Hunter, Clint Eastwood, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Ellen Kuras, amongst others. At Labyrinth Theatre Company, I originated the role of Ms. Reyes in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “In Arabia We'd All be Kings” and have collaborated with artists: John Randolph, Dan Lauria, Barry Gifford, Ensemble Studio Theatre-West, Austria’s Kurt Palm in a one-woman show of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht songs & poems, and played, Yerma in "Yerma" by Garcia Lorca, directed by Russia’s, Yevgeny Lanskoy. TERESA'S ECSTASY - Synopsis: En route to Avila, Spain for a writing assignment, Carlotta and her enamored New York magazine publisher, Becky, make a stop-over in Barcelona, where Carlotta attempts to reconcile with her estranged artist/husband, Andrés. They unexpectedly have to delay their stay due to lost luggage. After clever bantering, sprinkled with subtle chauvinist innuendoes, the deep-seated differences are revealed, proving laughter, food and lust insufficient. Carlotta and Becky continue on their journey of inquiry to Avila. It is inside the 16th Century walled city, surrounded by mysticism and Saint Teresa's feminist message that Becky and Carlotta accept their feelings for each other. Forced to return for their luggage, Carlotta’s confession of love to Andrés, the staunch self-proclaimed atheist, is met with sanctimonious judgment, and unrelenting regret, but by now it is too late. Through this triangular dynamic truth is uncovered, which language, culture, gender, religious or political beliefs can't resist as the heart has no boundaries. IMDB/begonyaplaza - Begonya's Acting Work Living the Poetry Singing with Heart Photograph by Caterina Armenter Youtube Channel "Lucid Dreaming" https://www.youtube.com/user/begonyaplaza Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Begonya Plaza