GALA proudly continues its 42nd season with the DC premiere of En el tiempo de las Mariposas/In the Time of the Butterflies, a play by Caridad Svich based on the internationally acclaimed novel by award-winning author Julia Álvarez. Directed by José Zayas, who staged Crónica de una muerta anunciada/Chronicle of a Death Foretold, En el tiempo de las Mariposas runs April 12 through May 13, 2018 at GALA Theatre, 3333 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20010. Parking is available at a discounted rate in the Giant garage on Park Road, NW.
In the Time of the Butterflies is the fictionalized story of the courageous Mirabal sisters who challenged the oppressive dictatorship of General Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. Using the code name “the butterflies”, the sisters inspired resistance cells throughout the country until their brutal murder by the regime on November 25, 1960. Told through the memories of the surviving sister Dedé, this riveting tale of injustice reveals the loving and conflicting relationships between the sisters; their emotional ties to the men in their lives; and the terrifying psychological power Trujillo held over his people.
In the years following their assassination, the Mirabal sisters became icons in their country and garnered international attention for their activism and deeds. In 1999, the United Nations established November 25 as the annual International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women in honor of the three sisters.