Lunch with Sonia

Written & Co-Directed by Federico Restrepo & Denise Greber
Choreography, Light, Set & Puppet Design by Federico Restrepo
Sound Design & Composition by Leonie Bell
Costume Design by Becky Hubbert
Stage Manager: Emma Oppenheimer
Assistant Stage Manager: Adrienne C Gomez

Marina CelanderZulivet DíazAaron Haskell,
Hope Kroog, Chris Rehmann, & Federico Restrepo

Voice of Sonia:
Luz Beatriz Pizano

Performers in Kitchen Video: Alberto Quiroga,
with Esmeralda Pinzon, Carolina Restrepo,
Federico Restrepo, 
Natalia Schönwald
Camera: Alberto Sierra Restrepo

Final Song Arrangement & Vocals: Chris Ignacio; Guitar: Yuto Kanazawa
Light Design Assistant: Katie Wakeman
Scenic Fabrication of Moving Screen by Mark Tambella
Sound Capture (Colombia): Gabriel Ponce
Costume Design Assistant: Sidney Ritter
Research & Selected Writings: Diana Jaramillo & Catalina Restrepo

Lunch with Sonia is a dance puppet theatre piece, inspired by Restrepo’s true-life experience with his Aunt Sonia, a woman who decided to end her life with dignity after a long illness at the age of 72. The show uses puppets, live actors, music, video and physical theatre to deal with the themes of life, love and loss.

Conversations about assisted dying bring up controversial and emotionally fraught issues: morality, religion, politics, and faith. With this piece Loco7 hopes to acknowledge the incredible intimacy and the very personal nature of dying as the final event of living a self-actualized, individual human life and to move the dialogue from the philosophical arena to the realm of personal experience and stories related to the topic of Death with Dignity.

Generously supported in part with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts, The Jim Henson Foundation and Individual Donors.

September 29 – October 3, 2021
Ellen Stewart Theatre at La MaMa
66 E 4th Street, 2nd Fl, NYC 10003


The New York Times by Laura Collins-Hughes
New York Theater by Jonathan Mandell
Broadway World by BWW News Desk

“…Lunch with Sonia, an achingly beautiful entry in La MaMa’s bi-annual Puppet Festival…made me feel intensely grateful that La MaMa is once again lending its stages to live performance that is strange, daring, gorgeous and far from the mainstream.”

– Laura Collins-Hughes, The New York Times

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