Celia and Fidel

Performance Dates

It's 1980s Cuba and the revolution has reached a crazed tipping point. Fueled by a stagnant economy, 10,000 citizens have fled to the Peruvian Embassy in Cuba seeking asylum. As Fidel Castro grapples between his desire to maintain power and do what is best for his country, he turns to his closest confidant and political partner, Celia Sanchez for answers. What kind of a leader is he? Merciful or mighty? Imbued with magical realism, Eduardo Machado’s Celia and Fidel — Arena Stage’s seventh Power Play — imagines a fight between Cuba’s most influential female revolutionary and its most notorious political leader.

Production Information

Approximate Running Time
120 minutes


Celia Sánchez
Fidel Castro
Manolo Ruiz

Creative Team

Costume Designer
Sound Designer
Lighting Designer
Hair and Wig Designer
Fight and Intimacy Consultant
Dialect and Vocal Coach
Original Production Dramaturg
Assistant Set Designer
Stage Manager