Written by David Zaragoza Gutierrez

Jen Wineman (Director)

Theatre Four
$49 + $2.50 Restoration Fee

Retraction Presented by the CreateTheater New Works Festival

In 2014, accomplished freelance journalist Wendy Denison travels to Carolina Atlantic University to begin writing a story about sexual assault on college campuses for the pop culture magazine Heart Rhythm. There, she meets an undergraduate named Lacey, who says that, during her first semester of college, in the Fall of 2012, she was gang raped at a fraternity party. Wendy decides to use Lacey’s story as the main narrative in her sexual assault article; when it is published online and in print in November of 2014, it sends a shockwave throughout Carolina Atlantic University and college campuses across the country. But when people start asking questions about Wendy’s reporting methods, inconsistencies are found in Lacey’s account, and as a Washington D.C. based reporter starts digging into the story, Wendy and others come to a startling conclusion: Lacey’s story might not be true.

Adapted from a true story, Retraction is not just a play about sexual assault and journalism, but how journalistic failure can damage people’s lives, damage a movement, and ruin careers.


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Age 5+

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David Zaragoza Gutierrez is originally from the small town of Benavides, Texas. Before pursuing a career in law, David worked extensively in theatre. Selected credits include: directing – Crossroads, Hotel De Fools, and Jews in my Basement (world premieres, McKinney Repertory Theatre), Don Nigro’s Glamorgan (Zero Untitled), Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice (Independent), P. Seth Bauer’s Iphigenia (Billy Ryan High School, Denton, TX); Assistant Director – Oedipus El Rey (Dallas Theater Center), Blue Roses (world premiere, Lyric Stage, Irving, TX), With Blood, With Ink (professional world premiere, Fort Worth Opera Festival); Assistant Stage Manager – Songs for a New World, Soho Cinders (US Premiere), Christmas Our Way (Uptown Players); supernumerary/stage extra – Boris Godunov, La Traviata, Turandot (The Dallas Opera); David is also author of the short plays Wandering Blvd. and Red Roses All Over Me. David has a BA in Political Science from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, an MA in Drama from Texas Woman’s University, and JD from South Texas College of Law Houston. He currently practices law in Houston, Texas


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