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Date Night

Directed by Arlen Aguayo Stewart
Written by Margarita Valderrama
Starring: Beatriz Pizano, Margarita Valderrama & Tamara Almeida

Original script winner of the ACTRA Toronto Shorts Competition 2019.

World premiere at the Toronto Shorts International Film Festival November 2019. Canada Shorts Film Festival Official Selection & Award of Commendation. Official Selection: Philadelphia Latino Film Festival June 2020, Breakthroughs Film Festival June 2020, New York Latino Film Festival September 2020, TO IndieNight June 2021.

"Alba hasn’t dated in a long time, so saying she's nervous is an understatement. Not helping: feeling old, language barriers, too much make-up, and a deeper fear her daughters don't want to talk about."

For full cast and crew and more production details visit IMDb

One Perfect Day | Un día perfecto


One Perfect Day | Un día perfecto is a telenovela-inspired play. Alba and Evan think they’re getting the picture perfect Colombian wedding but when the groom is swapped with an evil twin by a long lost sister bent on revenge, the special day falls into chaos, testing the family’s strength. 

It is a bilingual play (English and Spanish) and features a majority Latine cast.


One Perfect Day is part of Aluna Theatre's  2023 CAMINOS Festival and will be presented on October 1st. 

Development History

The play was reimagined as a TikTok telenovela directed by Claren Grosz and starring me as… everyone for Aluna Theatre's 2021 Digital CAMINOS Festival.

I then produced a week-long workshop and public presentation of the play in June 2022 directed by Mariló Nuñez. I then completed a new draft at the Stratford Festival as part of their Playwrights Retreat in the fall of 2022.

One Perfect Day  has been supported by Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Arts Council, Factory Theatre, Cahoots Theatre, Outside the March Theatre, Aluna Theatre, Why Not Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, and Nightwood Theatre.


Margarita Valderrama 


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