Borderless: Ghost Limb, by Marisela Treviño Orta. Greyed out photo of Theatre Building

Ghost Limb

Oct 04, 2020
Marisela Treviño Orta
Directed by: 
Natalie Villamonte Zito
Sunday, October 4, 2020 - 4:00pm


Consuelo’s son, Javier - an artist and activist - is forcibly disappeared by the military dictatorship of Argentina in 1977. She now must race to find him. Marisela Treviño Orta’s haunting play Ghost Limb draws upon the myth of Persephone and Demeter to call forth the story of the lives of those destroyed by the Dirty War.

This piece includes violent descriptions of war and torture.

Ghost Limb is being presented as part of the Borderless series.

This event is being presented in collaboration with the Latino Native American Cultural Center. This virtual play reading was followed by a post-show discussion in celebration of Latinx Heritage Month.

About the Playwright

Marisela Treviño Orta is a graduate of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center, and under commission by Audible. Her awards include the 2006 Chicano/Latino Literary Prize in Drama, 2009 Pen Center USA Literary Award in Drama, 2013 National Latino Playwriting Award, and 2019 Kendeda Finalist. Her plays have been presented at Arizona Theatre Company, Brava Theater, Halcyon Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theater, Milagro, New Jersey Repertory Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Shotgun Players. Her produced plays include Braided Sorrow, Ghost Limb, Heart Shaped Nebula, Somewhere, The River Bride, Wolf at the Door, and Woman on Fire.

Art and the Pursuit of Social Justice

Ghost Limb is part of the series Art and the Pursuit of Justice.


This event is free and will be presented online.

All performance dates are subject to change. Please visit our website or the Arts Iowa Calendar for the most up-to-date information.

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