Manuel Zarate


Inspired by a book on Rigoberta Menchu, Kuka is the story of a woman in a cell, imprisoned for painting a story that should have stayed untold. Kuka was first produced at Willamette University in 1992. When Rigoberta Menchu won the Nobel Peace prize later that year, Zarate's play was thrust into the national spotlight. It was produced again in 1995 at Capitol City Playhouse in Austin, Texas where it won an Austin Critic's Table Award for Best New Script. Kuka came to life as a part of Zarate's five-play series, Love Sonatas in 2008, and was performed at the Long Center for the performing arts where it starred Karen Alverado, Ben Wolfe and Tito.