Digna Theater’s first production is the play “DIGNA” by Patricia Davis

When: February 23-26 & March 2-5

Where: Theater@YWCA, 525 Bonita Avenue, Tucson AZ.

Admission: $15 general admission, $12 for students, and Thursday is pay-what-you-can day. For group reservations, or advanced ticket purchase, email events@dignatheater.org


What if the U.S., in support of the rule of law, had withheld military funding and demanded reform? Would 43 boys from Guerrero be missing?

from the play DIGNA by Patricia Davis

“Empty Chairs’ honor missing Mexican students”
Art-based campaign supports world premiere of human rights play Digna

Community members and local groups created dozens of chairs to honor the lives and aspirations of 43 innocent young men lost in the Mexican drug war. The Empty Chairs Project, based on an idea by Chris Tanz, interprets the hopes and dreams of the still-missing stu­dents by decorating chairs that the artists have personalized with bi­ographical information about each student. The Empty Chairs were on display for a month across Tucson. Information about locations, artists and pictures are posted at emptychairproject.org

The Empty Chairs are now united as a memorial installation at the Frances McClelland Community Center YWCA Tucson, 525 W. Bonita Ave., for the world premiere and run of the one-woman play “DIGNA” by Patricia Davis. “DIGNA” is based on the life of renowned human rights lawyer Digna Ochoa, who was shot to death in 2001. Ochoa’s death was declared a suicide by prosecutors, despite evidence of foul play, death threats against her and previous attempts to kill her.

The play weaves in the events of Sept. 26, 2014, when 43 undergradu­ates of Ayotzinapa Rural Teacher’s College in Iguala Guerrero, Mexico, were “disappeared” by local police and drug gangs. After more than two years of government cover-up and an independent international investigation, little is known about the students’ fate. Apparent collu­sion between local police and drug syndicates and stonewalling by gov­ernment officials has made this event a referendum on the presidency of Enrique Peña Nieto. As Digna points out from the stage the U.S. is complicit. U.S. tax dollars fund the Mexican army and the shipment of weapons into Mexico. The increased militarization of the border traps those who dare to flee.


  Teatro Digna Theater

Human Rights Campaign

Digna Theater produces plays about human rights in a local and global context to promote education and social advocacy. Digna Theatre partners with local and international human rights organizations to provide audience members with opportunities to be agents of change and social transformation.


The Empty Chairs Project features the work of artist who have chosen one of the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa students & interpreted their life, hopes, and dreams through the creation of a chair. Find more information about the artist, student, & their chair 'whereabouts' by clicking here.