FADE in the News!

“Insightful dramatic comedy…” “Smooth and illuminating direction…” Wonderfully detailed work of two truly fine actors.” – Christine Dolen, Artburst/Miami Herald

“…the writing is crisp, the scenes are well-paced, and the acting is dramatic”  – J.J. Colagrande, The Jitney

“A powerful, thought-provoking chemistry that will have you laughing, crying and driving home with a fresh perspective” – Samuel Loetscher, Seen and Heard International

“It’s an eminently watchable production enhanced with engaging performances and solid direction.”
–Bill Hirschman, Florida Theater on Stage

“A first-rate production…” “Insightful, moving, witty piece” – Aaron Krause, miamiartzine.com

“Complete with impactful pauses, nuanced pacing and an increasingly palpable discomfort, director Teo Castellanos guides his actors through the subtle gradations required to sell Saracho’s vision.” – John Thomason, Boca Magazine

GableStage Presents FADE, a story about friendship, opportunity, assumptions, ambition, culture and betrayal.

AUG 19 – SEPT. 18 

Opening Night: Saturday, Aug. 20. Preview: Friday, Aug. 19

Streaming available: August 24 – September 18

Showtimes: Wednesday 2 & 7 pm, Thursday 7 pm, Friday & Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 2 pm

  • Tickets: $35 – $65 plus fees.
  • FADE runs 1hr 40min without an intermission. Adult language. 

The story follows the relationship developed between Lucia, a Latina novelist, and Abel, a former marine working as a janitor. Lucia is understandably nervous. It’s day one at her first TV writing job. As a Hispanic novelist, she may actually be the “diversity hire” she’s heard whispers about. Uncertain whether she can make a place for herself in cutthroat Hollywood, at least she feels less alone when she meets Abel, the Latino janitor. They form a bond and share stories, but it turns out that what Lucia gains from their friendship is not what Abel expects in this comedy about class, integrity and culture.

BUY TICKETS HERE, by phone at (305) 445-1119 or email boxoffice@gablestage.org.

Interested in watching the streaming? Here is what you need to know:

  • Purchase a ticket (as you would if you were attending the production in person) and receive a link prior to the showtime of your ticketed performance.The streaming will begin at the same time as the show. It will not be on demand.
  • All ticket holders  will receive an email one hour before the show with a link to access the pre-recorded stream.
  • There is no additional cost for the streaming.

FADE by Tanya Saracho

Directed by Teo Castellanos


Alexandra Acosta* (Lucia)
Alex Alvarez* (Abel)


Stage Manager Katie Ellison*

Scenic & Lighting Designer Frank J. Oliva^

Sound Designer Seth “Brimstone” Schere

Costume Designer Camilla Haith

Set Dresser/Properties Designer Jameelah Bailey

Set Dresser & Properties Assistant Constanza Celsi


Wardrobe Supervisor Debbie Richardson

Assistant Stage Manager Marialexia Hernandez

House Manager Constanza Celsi

Film Streaming Director & Editor Alexandru Gherman

Video Camera Operator Magnus Stark

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

^Member of the United Scenic Artists

FADE (Saracho) is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com


Tanya is a playwright and television writer who most recently served as creator, showrunner, and executive producer of the critically-acclaimed series “Vida” on Starz, The show featured all Latine writers and directors, including Saracho who made her directorial debut. Saracho is currently developing projects under her overall deal at Universal Cable Productions. Saracho co-founded the Untitled Latinx Project, whose mission is to increase Latine representation in television through content created by Latine writers. In addition, Saracho launched the Ojalá Ignition Lab, which is an incubator program aimed to nurture, amplify, guide, and empower intersectional Latine voices. The fellows and finalists for Ojala’s inaugural lab were announced in January 2022. Saracho was the recipient of the Norman Lear Writers Award at the 2021 Imagen Awards. Named one of “TV Scribes to Watch” by Variety in 2018, Saracho was honored by the LGBTQ California Legislative Caucus as their 2020 Pride Month Honoree. She received the Rising Star Award at the Outfest Legacy Awards, and was awarded the New Voice Award by Final Draft. “Vida” won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2019. The series was honored by the National Hispanic Media Coalition with the 2019 Impact Award, won the Audience Award at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival, and made its season two premiere as an Official Selection of the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

Photo Jackson Davis


Photo: Thomas Vieljeux

Alexandra Acosta* (Lucia)

Alexandra is a proud Colombian actress and is excited to perform in her hometown once again. She grew up in Miami but left for New York to attend Circle in the Square Theatre School and still resides there. Since graduating, she has worked extensively Off-Broadway, on National Tours, and in TV/Film. Some of her favorite credits include: Law and Order, SVU (NBC); Law and Order, Organized Crime (NBC); Awkwafina is Nora from Queens (Comedy Central), Don Quixote (National Tour), Our Trojan War (B.A.M.). Her work in Gender of Attraction (Fuerzafest) garnered her first nomination and won for Best Supporting Actress. Alexandra is grateful for the opportunity to bring the role of Lucia to life, and even more so that she gets to share that experience with her friends and family in Miami. She’d like to thank them for their continued love and support. Especially Gabby. Amo.

Photo: Diana Garle

Alex Alvarez* (Abel)

Alex is touched and thrilled to be back at GableStage, one of his artistic homes. He last appeared here in Indecent as Sholem Asch, and others. Other GableStage credits include: The Humans, Dry Powder, Stalking the Bogeyman, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, and Superior Donuts. Regional theatre credits include: Overactive Letdown (Theatre Lab), Summer Shorts ’22, ’18, ’16, Winter Shorts ’18, ’17 (City Theatre), Miami Motel Stories: North Beach (Juggernaut Theatre Company), Charlie Cox Runs with Scissors (West Boca Theatre Co.), From White Plains, The Goldberg Variations, Daniel’s Husband (Island City Stage), Domestic Animals (Palm Beach Dramaworks), Mud, Or, A Public Reading…, A Map of Virtue (Thinking Cap Theatre), Trust (Zoetic Stage), Visiting Hours (New Theatre), The Unseen (Promethean Theatre), Melisma (Arca Images), and Kiss of the Spider Woman: The Musical (Havok Theatre Company). This one is for Joe!


Teo is an actor/writer/director, who for the past 25 years has solely worked in theater, film, and television. Teo is a Doris Duke Artist 2021, United States Artist Fellow 2019, and a Sundance Institute screenwriters Intensive Fellow 2015. His award-winning solo NE 2nd Avenue, commissioned by Miami Light Project, toured for a decade and won the Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland 2003. He is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, Knight Arts Challenge, among others. Teo’s most recent solo, Third Trinity, was directed by long-time collaborator and Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney. He founded the Dance/Theater Company Teo Castellanos D-Projects in 2003 and is also Artistic Director of the devised theater company Combat Hippies. Some acting theater credits include playing Elegba in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brothers Size (right here at GableStage!) and Santos in The Hittite Empire’s Skeletons of Fish (London). Film credits include playing opposite Matt Dillon in Sunlight Jr. and opposite John Leguizamo in Empire. Teo is a member of SAG/AFTRA, an Associate Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers, and holds a BFA in Theater from Florida Atlantic University. He is grateful to be back working at GableStage. He dedicates all his work to his wife, Lorna, and his daughter, Jaquén.

Photo George Schiavone