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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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Download BPresume Begonya Plaza is a bilingual actor, writer, and filmmaker. At age nine she starred in the independent Hollywood film, "Big Sister". For most of Begonya's formative years she bounced around between: Guernica in Northern Spain, (where her father and her mother's father are from), Colombia, where she was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2021 at Izar Productions
SAG/AFTRA/EQUITY -- Download Begonya's Resume -- IMDB Acting Demo: Links for recorded performances The Invisible Catalyst (a poem dedicated to Covid-19) 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) Invisible Catalyst (Poem to Covid-19 NY) 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 YOUTUBE CHANNEL VIMEO Begonya Plaza © 2000 Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2021 at Begonya Plaza
ACTING DEMO SAG/AFTRA/EQUITY IMDB Download BPresume Links to recorded performances The Invisible Catalyst (a poem to Covid-19) 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... Continue reading
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Joyously, I explore the expansive adventure of life, with an inquiring mind and heart, aiming to evolve toward my fullest soul potential. Here, I share with you some of the creative works I've completed, and others that are still in progress. May your divine imagination be inspired, and we as a collective force bring forward the deep changes needed for transcending these critically unstable, and intolerant times motivated by fear. FILMS I'VE WORKED IN: You may recognize me in the roles I played in these films. They are from long ago though it feels like yesterday. Works I'm proud to have been a part of, for the excellence of craftsmanship in all of them. Most are classics, and "Tales from the Dark Side" is a pop horror classic. What fun it is to be an actor, and be able to tell stories. Now I mostly write, and it feels amazing to adventure in the imagination, combining my rich emotional life experiences, love for human character, the word, form, style, and my desire for expressing truth (in both English and Spanish) while solving character driven puzzles. Art like science, and philosophy aim at reflecting how fundamental truths and laws of nature relate to man's free will in the face of rejected consequences. May we never doubt to follow our bliss, and listen to our individual inner voice so to inspire each other, ceaselessly. SAG/AFTRA/EQUITY -- IMDB link -- Download Begonya's Resume ACTING DEMO Click on links for recorded performances Invisible Catalyst (a poem to Covid-19) To Caterina from Mother (poem published in Beyond Words Literary Magazine, issue 20 November 21) 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 CONTACT: Innovative Artists Talent and Literary Agency (voice over / commercials) Michael T. Shera: mickey@iany.com, Allan Duncan: allan.duncan@iany.com 235 Park Avenue South, 10th Floor - New York NY 10003 * Tel: 212-659-5126 Email: begonya@begonyaplaza.com * Cell: +1 (310) 279.2981 Begonya Plaza © 2000 Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2021 at Begonya Plaza
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Joyously, I explore the expansive adventure of life, with an inquiring mind and heart, aiming to evolve toward my fullest soul potential. Here, I share with you some of the creative works I've completed, and others that are still in progress. May your divine imagination be inspired, and we as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2021 at Izar Productions
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Posted Aug 6, 2021 at Izar Productions
To celebrate the 20 year anniversary of our original production, David Zayas and I perform a reading from, "In Arabia We'd All be Kings." by Stephen Adley Guirgis GERNIKA LIVES The calamities that force change both, torment me, and inspire me to dig for stories of understanding. Ever since I was a child hearing my father tell his childhood tale of horror with tears streaming down his cheeks, I asked myself, how come. Why such malice? And how can we learn from our history, and how is my life intertwined with the world history, the secrets of humanity, and the nature of reality? How can we solve the root problems and live a life of highest potential throught art, spirit, and quantum physics. A visual poem, "Invisible Catalyst" for New York City at the onset of Covid-19 Pandemic. Benefit performance at First Unitarian Church, hosted by Ed Asner. Songs: Lost in the Stars and Listen to my Song by Kurt Weill, Gracias a la Vida by Violeta Parra. Youtube Videos Life works in mysterious ways, and one never knows if an enriching acting job will come along and shift my life again in another remarkable direction. One-Woman theatre piece, "In her mouth lingers the taste of another man" 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 available recorded Performances for viewing 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
Begonya Plaza is a bilingual actor, writer, and filmmaker. At age nine she starred in the independent Hollywood film, "Big Sister". For most of Begonya's formative years she bounced around between: Guernica in Northern Spain, (where her father and her mother's father are from), Colombia, where she was born, and the United States. Some of the directors Begonya has worked with, in film, television, and stage, include: Walter Hill, Oliver Stone, Michael Mann, Amy Jones, Tim Hunter, Clint Eastwood, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Ellen Kuras. She has acted opposite, 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, and produced by Dan Lauria. At New York City's avant-garde Gas Station, Begonya performed erotic songs and poems of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, in a one-woman musical with Austria's theatre company, and directed by Kurt Palm. Begonya originated the role of Hannah, in Ronensbourgh at IATI theatre, directed by Ignacio Garcia-Bustelo, and at the Ensemble Studio Theatre West, she played Garcia Lorca's, Yerma. Begonya has collaborated with Culture Clash, Rachel Rosenthal, and Barry Gifford. While in high school Begonya wrote and presented the news in English and Spanish for the Emmy Award television news program, Student News. In college she studied at Los Angeles Theatre Academy, and in New York with the National Shakespeare Company, Geraldine Page, Bill Hickey, Herbert Berghof, Eric Morris, and Michael Howard. Begonya studied dance at Alvin Ailey, and voice with Graham Bernard. She attended independent writing courses at NYU, UCLA, AFI, and with Robert McKee. Between acting jobs, Begonya spent a year in the Basque country, writing, producing, directing, and editing alongside Emmy Award winning editor, Jack Tucker, her documentary, "Gernika Lives". The 40" film is about the bombing of Gernika and the 50th anniversary remembrance ceremonies. Begonya interviews family, and distinguished survivors of that tragic event during the Spanish Civil War. The documentary is narrated by, John Randolph, with whom Begonya collaborated on many socially conscious projects. Begonya played the female lead in the CBS television series, "Dark Justice". A co-production with Catalán tv, and shot in Barcelona, where also her daughter, Caterina, was born. Begonya wrote, filmed, edited, and produced the documentary, “Souvenir Views” about a young man's self-imposed, rite-of-passage experience in New York, post 9/11. The film premiered at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, La Habana International Festival, aired on The Independent Film Channel throughout two consecutive years, and traveled to East Coast universities, including Wagner College and Dartmouth University. Begonya wrote “Teresa’s Ecstasy” a three-character, full-length play, and also performed in the Off-Broadway run opposite, Shawn Elliott, and Linda Larkin, at Cherry Lane Theatre. Directed by Will Pomerantz and produced by Jack Sharkey and Jim Weiner. Is published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. Begonya wrote the screenplay, The Persistence of Memory, 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 celebrated actress, Glenn Close, and director of photography, Juan Ruiz Anchía. Instead of pursuing funding and a film production, Begonya wrote a rendition for stage, and is currently completing the novel version. Begonya's poem, "Love" was published in "Silver Tongued Devil Anthology / Rimes of the Ancient Mariner", Celebrating 5 years of East Village Poetry, and her poem "To Caterina from her Mother" will be published in Beyond Words Magazine, November 2021, for its Happy Birthday 20th edition, both in print & online. 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