Written by David Z. Gutierrez
Direction by Jen Wineman
Set Design by Tyler Herald
Lighting Design by Zach Pizza
Sound Design by Emma Wilk
Stage Management by Shino Frances
Asst. Stage Mngmt by Brenna Bishop
Set Design by Tyler R. Herald and Richard Oulette
Lighting Design by Michael Cole & Zach Pizza
Props Master Daniel Brothers
Props Asst Brittany Daggett-Duffy
Projection Designers Paul Deziel, Peter Liebold & David Forsee


*Equity Member appearing with permission of Actors’ Equity Association without benefit of an Equity contract in this Off-Off Broadway production.

Watch a ‘sneak peek’ slideshow of show photos by Emily Hewitt Photography.


An accomplished journalist discovers that her explosive, controversial magazine article might not be true.


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.

Jen Wineman (Director/Choreographer) is a director and choreographer based in Brooklyn. Selected NYC credits include: Dog Man: The Musical (Lucille Lortel Theatre/TheatreworksUSA); Less Than 50% (59E59); Surfer Girl (Animus); My Heart is in the East (La Mama); Fable (NYMF), The King’s Whore (Walkerspace)F#%king Up Everything (Elektra Theater). Selected regional credits include: Tiny Beautiful Things (Merrimack Rep); Game On (Pittsburgh CLO); Shakespeare in Love (Virginia Rep); Into the West (Tantrum Theater); Baskerville (Dorset Theatre Festival); The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Asolo Rep & Miami New Drama); Sweeney Todd (Playmakers Rep); The 39 StepsShipwrecked (Triad Stage). Touring productions include Dog Man: The Musical (TheatreworksUSA); Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Asolo Repertory Theatre). Jen recently completed shooting a short film, Battle Rattle, written by Gardiner Comfort. Education: B.A. Vassar College, M.F.A. Yale School of Drama.

Performance Dates:

  • May 5 8pm
  • May 7, 8 3pm
  • May 10 7pm
  • May 11 8pm
  • May 13 8pm
All tickets are $49

RETRACTION by David Gutierrez Opens On Theatre Row

Adapted from a true story, Retraction uses the hot-button topic of sexual assault to show how careless journalistic failure can ruin people’s lives and damage a movement. Read more on Broadway World here…

A lawyer takes to the stage to state his case.

David Z. Gutierrez is the playwright for Retraction.  He has vast experience in theater both from behind the scenes and on the stage.  For Retraction he put down the legal briefs and wrote a compelling script. “I am a lawyer from Houston, Texas., I do have theatre experience as a director, assistant director, assistant stage manager, production assistant, actor, and playwright”. 

RETRACTION by David Gutierrez
May 5 @ 8:00 p.m.; May 7 & 8 @ 3;00 p.m.; May 10 @ 7:00 p.m.;
May 11 & 13 @ 8:00 p.m. at Theatre Four on Theatre Row 
410 W 42nd St, New York City 

Read more on Arts Independent here…

RETRACTION By David Gutierrez on NYC’s Theatre Row: A Review

In Retraction, the hard-hitting new play by David Z. Gutierrez, Roya Shanks plays Wendy Cohen Dennison, an award-winning metropolitan journalist working for a popular, highly influential magazine called Heartbeat. The stimulus for the drama in Retraction, directed by Jen Wineman, comes with the news of a lurid sexual assault of a seemingly naive student named Lacey (Aurora O’Greenfield) on a South Carolina college campus.  Specifically, the assault was a purported gang rape in a fraternity house.

Read more on Lavender After Dark here.