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Rough Crossing

February 6-28, 2009
Yale Repertory Theatre
1120 Chapel Street (at York Street)

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Set in the 1970s on the Texas border separating the United States and Mexico, Lydia is an intense, lyrical, and magical new play that marks the Yale Rep debut of award-winning playwright Octavio Solis.

The Flores family welcomes Lydia, an undocumented maid, into their El Paso home to care for their daughter Ceci, who was tragically disabled in a car accident on the eve of her quinceañera, her fifteenth birthday. Lydia's immediate and seemingly miraculous bond with the girl sets the entire family on a mysterious and shocking journey of discovery. Lydia is an unflinching and deeply emotional portrait of a Mexican immigrant family caught in a web of dark secrets.

“Written with soul-searching honesty and breathtaking mastery” (San Francisco Chronicle), Octavio Solis's plays, including Santos & Santos, El Paso Blue, and El Otro, have been praised as “brightly nightmarish, frighteningly comic, mystifying, and downright entertaining” (San Francisco Examiner).

Contains strong language and nudity.