• Anatar Marmol-Gagné,
  • image from Sueños,
  • Anatar Marmol-Gagné,
  • image from Sueños,

Sueños is an autobiographical story about a little girl arriving in a foreign land, and her struggle to find her place in this world. The story follows a little girl from Venezuela, after her parents divorce. Her Mom gets into a terrible car accident with the man she’s been having an affair with. After all hell breaks lose at the hospital, her Dad takes her to NYC for the summer. Her reality is turned upside down when she realizes she is never going back to Caracas. We follow her trying to navigate a foreign language, new school, and desperately trying to make friends all whilst carrying an index card in her pocket containing her identity. She is now illegal and must follow certain rules: she must hide in the bathroom anytime police arrive to the school. She must also hide under the bed when social workers show up at Dad’s door. Her ability to communicate is decimated, and her feeling of solitude only pushes her further into her imagination and painting, which allows her to completely escape by creating imaginary worlds and friends. She is haunted by terrible night terrors and pours out her soul to the only thing that will listen: her worry dolls. Once asleep, they come alive and protect her from all the monsters she is faced with.

All the years of turmoil, moving, index cards and searching have all lead up to now.  She has finally found herself through story telling—the only place where she is free to speak her own language, to say anything and everything, uncensored, for the first time ever, and without fear of a consequence.

Sueños is an immersive art exhibit as well as a live performance of an excerpt of the puppet theater production.