Native Gardens

Thursday, March 12, 2020 to Sunday, March 15, 2020
Thursday, March 19, 2020 to Sunday, March 22, 2020
Market House Stage

At the recommendation of the Governor,
Market House Theatre has paused all programming until further notice. 

Performances of Native Gardens will not happen as scheduled. 

We are reviewing options and will update patrons as information becomes available.
Thank you for your continued understanding and support during this time.




March 12-22, 2020. Native Gardens, written by Karen Zacarîas.

March 12 - 22, 2020
Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM
Second Saturday and Sunday matinees: 2:30 PM
Adults starting at $22; Students starting at $14

For tickets, call the Box Office at 270.444.6828 or visit

Native Gardens, written by Karen Zacarías, is a comedy about neighbors, a property line, and differences in gardening techniques that soon spirals into a hilarious all-out war of taste, class, privilege, and entitlement. Running March 12-22 as part of the MHT Signature Series, this gardening comedy will have audiences laughing and thinking at the same time.

Pablo, played by Jorge Machaen (Sweat), and Tania, played by Lea Guillory (MHT Debut), newcomers to the stately Washington, D.C. neighborhood where the play is set, are a progressive Latinx couple awaiting the birth of their first child. Frank, played by Chuck Wilkins (Eternity) and Virginia, played by Kim Yocum (Something Dark), an older couple on the brink of retirement, are a white establishment conservative pair.

Frank, determined to win the upcoming annual garden competition, tends to his European-style garden with great care. Tania, who’s finishing her dissertation in the last weeks of her pregnancy, has strong ideas about planting only native plants in their yard that benefit the ecosystem. Each of the gardeners try to help out the other as they discuss their different styles. At one-point Frank, who tries to drive out all insects or weeds, is totally confused as he says, “You’re planting weeds and trying to attract bugs?”

Pablo, hoping to become the first Latino partner at his law firm, invites the firm over to their unfinished backyard for a BBQ. As Tania tries to create her native garden, what stands in the way is an old chain link fence. When both neighbors happily agree to remove it and replace it with a statelier wooden fence, tensions come to a boil when it’s discovered the fence line is in the wrong place and should be in the middle of Frank’s prized garden. What happens next is a comic backyard war of gardening, border disputes, and stereotype assumptions about each other’s ethnicities.

"Native Gardens is part of MHT’s ongoing efforts to feature diverse actors in lead roles. The playwright, Karen Zacarías, has created characters that open a small window into social stereotypes - racial and generational - that many times we don’t even realize we have and yet, she has done it in such a way that we can laugh at ourselves as we explore those stereotypes.” - Michael Cochran, Director

Alicia Bosela from Ironweed Nursery in Columbia, KY will present a talk-back after a the March 21st matinee performance to discuss native plants and native gardening practices.

Directed by Michael Cochran, the production team includes Tom Hansen, Set and Lighting Designer; Angela Hoerner, Costume Designer; Jennifer Miller, Assistant Costume Designer; Bryan Chapman, Production Manager; and Jim Keeney, Master Carpenter.

A- contains some mature subject matter

L- contains some coarse language


Appropriate For: 
All Audiences