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by Karen Zacarías

Expecting Latine couple, Tania and Pablo, have just purchased their first home next to long-time D.C. residents (and Potomac Horticultural Society award seekers), Frank and Virginia. Cultures clash when Tania’s plan for a “native garden” disagrees with Frank’s perfectly pristine posies and a property line disagreement turns into an all-out border dispute. Karen Zacarias’s brilliant comedy exposes well-intentioned neighbors’ notions on race, class, morality, and privilege.

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Karen Zacarías…has now written what is essentially a sitcom for the stage.”
– L.A. Times   

‘Native Gardens’ Blossoms at City Theatre

-Sharon Eberson, onStage Pittsburgh

Border dispute – a review of “Native Gardens”

By Michael Buzzelli, ‘burgh Vivant 

Review: Clever ‘Native Gardens’ Seeded With Laughs and Hot Topics

By Bob Hoover, onStage Pittsburgh

City Theatre’s Native Gardens takes NIMBY to the next level

Native Gardens – A Blooming Relationship Nearly Nipped in the Bud

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Sun, Mar 12 – 7:00PM
Tue, Mar 14 – 7:00PM
Wed, Mar 15 – 7:00PM
Thu, Mar 16 – 8:00PM

Sun, Mar 19 – 2:00PM

Sun, Mar 26 – 2:00PM
Tue, Mar 28 – 7:00PM


Karen Zacarías was recently hailed by American Theater Magazine as one of the most produced playwrights in the US.  Her plays include The Copper Children, Destiny of Desire, Native Gardens, The Book Club Play, Legacy of Light, Mariela in the Desert, The Sins of Sor Juana, and the adaptations of Just Like Us, The Age of Innocence, Into the Beautiful North, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent and a bilingual Romeo y Juliet. She has been produced at The Kennedy Center, The Goodman, The Guthrie, Arena Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, GALA Hispanic Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse, Old Globe, The Alliance Theater, Repertorio Español, The Latino Theater Company, Milagro Theater, and many more.  She is the author of ten renowned TYA musicals and the librettist of several Ballets. She is one of the inaugural resident playwrights at Arena Stage, a core founder of the Latinx Theatre Commons- a large national organization of artists seeking to update the American narrative with the stories of Latinx-, and she is the founder of the award-winning Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT), noted as one of the best arts educational programs by the Obama White House. Karen was voted a 2019 Washingtonian of the Year for her arts advocacy by Washingtonian Magazine.  She was awarded 2019 Sine Fellowship at the American University School of Public Policy for connecting art with policy making. She is a recipient of 2019 Lee-Reynolds-Award for “social, cultural, or political change with theater” awarded by the League of Professional Theater Women and honored with the 2019 Medallion by the Children’s Theater Foundation. She was a 2019 speaker at TEDX Broadway.  She is a 2021 recipient of the United Artists Fellowship. Karen lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and three children and two dogs. She’s represented by the Gersh Agency and is published by Samuel French/Concord Theatricals, Dramatic Publishing and has a collection of plays with Oberon Books.