A Mother’€™s Love

The Beltway Drama Series Showcases the Tireless Efforts of Argentina’s Las Madres Dec. 12

By Annamarya Scaccia

Beauty, sometimes, is anguished.

dirty warIt can result from loss, from cruelty. It can blossom from the folds of sorrow, of unthinkable injustice. Beauty can be flawed, painted with hardened cracks from years of heartache.

It’s this weathered delicacy that underscores Jennifer S. Jones’s play, “Appearance of Life.” Directed by Jessica Lefkow, it tells the story of Margarita, an Argentinian mother whose daughter, Rosa, is one of the lost children (“the disappeared”) of the Dirty War, a seven-year period of despotic violence enacted by the country’s dictatorship against alleged dissidents and subversives in the 1970s. While searching for Rosa, Margarita found and joined Las Madres (the Mothers) of the Plaza de Mayo, a group of Argentinian mothers who peacefully protested against the dictatorship’s human rights abuses by wearing white head scarves embroidered with their children’s names—and continued to do so for decades afterwards. The women’s valiant and determined actions would help bring an end to the war.

Jones’s one-woman play, developed after years of detailed research and first-hand interviews, will be the featured piece of the Beltway Drama Series, taking place Wednesday, December 12 at 7 p.m. at Busboys & Poets, 5331 Baltimore Avenue in Hyattsville. Co-sponsored by Busboys & Poets, the series showcases works by Washington, D.C. playwrights, such as Jones’s, that address political, social, and international issues.

“Appearance of Life” is the second play in Jones’s project, Letters to Clio, which consists of eight to ten stories of women from around the world.

Beltway Drama Series: “Appearance of Life” by Jennifer Jones

Wednesday, December 12

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Suggested Donation

Busboys and Poets

5331 Baltimore Avenue, Suite 104

Hyattsville, MD 20781

Published on Prince George’s Suite – Monday, December 1, 2012

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