Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Well.... it's all happening so fast! I'm going to start updating this blog, and stop cluttering up my friend's Facebook feed!

Since last we met.....

"We are going to Nebraska for the Great Plains Theatre Conference! Our play was chosen out of 550 submissions to be a part of the GPTC Playlab. What is different about OUR piece?
We are taking a whole production! Most of the other plays are going to be read by local actors, but we get to perform our own material.
We are also finalists for The Ashland New Play Festival 2013"

Silueta, imagined from a true story.

In 1985 Ana Mendieta, Cuban performance artist, 36 years old, plunged 34 stories to her death from a SoHo apartment tower. Her husband Carl Andre, the famous Minimalist sculptor, was tried and acquitted of her murder, a verdict that polarized the New York art world: The establishment rallied to Carl's defense while Ana became a cause celebre for feminists, convinced of Carl's guilt.

"Silueta" imagines Carl Andre, 35 years later, riddled by frustration at the loss of his artistic potency and a gnawing suspicion about his complete innocence. The ghost of Ana, meanwhile, haunts him relentlessly at the scene of her death, the apartment they shared and where he still lives today. They are both obsessed with the same question, what really happened that fatal night?

 Silueta is a collaboration by Tom Shelton, Chris Shelton and Diana Burbano.

Tom is a writer/composer as well as an actor. He is one of the writers of Caddie Woodlawn, published by Samuel French, as well as other musicals, an opera and a string of successful murder mysteries for “The Gourmet Detective”. He has worked as a professional actor for 30 years.

Chris is a Directing Fellow at the Sundance Institute and has directed, produced and written many television programs and series for PBS, Discovery, National Geographic, TLC, Animal Planet, Home and Garden and Travel Channel.

Diana has been a working actress since the age of 12.  She was born in Colombia and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the Professional Actors Conservatory and the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain.  She has been in or directed many theatre productions, and has been on TV, most recently on "Betas".  She acts in both English and Spanish.

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