The ACT 2017 Construction Zone
4 Plays. 4 Playwrights. 4 Perspectives on Latinidad. 4 Female Directors. 4 Fridays.
Meet The Playwrights
Hushabye | September 8th, 2017
SYNOPSIS: With crackling dialogue and heartfelt humor, Tanya Saracho explores what it takes to repair family relationships-especially when you share the blame for the damage. Erika is crazy desperate for her own apartment: so much so that she’ll take one sight unseen. Anything to escape Cynthia and Brian, her overprotective sister and her controlling brother-in-law. To be fair, Cynthia has reason to worry. Erika just left rehab and her definition of sobriety is, well…flexible. As Erika fights for her independence, she realizes that kicking the pills was just her first challenge.
Tanya Saracho was born in Sinaloa, México. She is a playwright who writes for television (HBO's Looking, Girls, How To Get Away With Murder, and Devious Maids) and is the creator of Pour Vida on Starz. Named “Best New Playwright” by Chicago Magazine, Saracho is an ensemble member at the Tony Award winning Victory Gardens Theater, the founder of the Ñ Project, founder and co-director of ALTA (Alliance of Latino Theater Artists), and founder and former Artistic Director of Teatro Luna: Chicago’s All-Latina Theater.
PLAYS PRODUCED AT: Denver Theatre Center, Primary Stages, Second Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theater, Teatro Vista, Teatro Luna, Fountain Theater, Clubbed Thumb, NEXT Theater and 16th Street Theater.
PLAYS INCLUDE: Fade, Hushabye, Mala Hierba, The Tenth Muse, Song for the Disappeared, Enfrascada, El Nogalar (inspired by The Cherry Orchard), an adaptation of The House on Mango Street for Steppenwolf, Our Lady of the Underpass, Surface Day, Kita y Fernanda, and Quita Mitos. Saracho is a winner of the Ofner Prize given by the Goodman Theater, a recipient of an NEA Distinguished New Play Development Project Grant and a 3Arts Artists Award.
NEW WORK DEVELOPED AT: South Coast Repertory, Denver Theatre Center, Two River Theatre, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Sundance Theater Lab 2012, Hedgebrook Women's Playwright's Festival 2012, Ucross/Sundance 2011, Martha's Vineyard Arts Project 2011, Superlab with Clubbed Thumb/Playwrights Horizon, Ignition Festival at Victory Gardens, Latino Mixfest at Atlantic Theater, and XYZ Fest at About Face Theater. Saracho was named one of nine national Latino “Luminarios” by Café magazine and given the first “Revolucionario” Award in Theater by the National Museum of Mexican Art.
IN DEVELOPMENT WITH: HBO, Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, Two Rivers Theatre, Denver Theater Center, South Coast Rep.
Tanya is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA, and the Writer's Guild.
Being Read on September 8, 2017
Modern Slave | September 15th, 2017
SYNOPSIS: When Andrea finds a hand-scrawled note from a Chinese sweatshop worker in the lining of her designer coat, she sets off on a passionate journey to free him. Little does she know that this journey to freedom will take her away from those she loves and down a rabbit hole of globalization and into the complicated world of modern slavery hidden in plain sight.
Elaine Romero has had her plays presented at the Alley Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Kennedy Center, across the U.S. and abroad. Recent commissions include Modern Slave (Ford's Theatre), Title IX (Arizona Theatre Company), and A Work of Art (Goodman Theatre). Publishers: Samuel French, Playscripts, and Vintage Books. Graveyard of Empires (Blue Ink Playwriting Award) premiered at 16th Street Theater alongside A Work of Art which premiered at Chicago Dramatists in conjunction with the Goodman Theatre. She is working on the final play of her war trilogy. Her Arizona/Mexican border trilogy includes Wetback, Mother of Exiles, and Title IX. Modern Slave was given staged readings during the 2017 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, and at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago and the Road Theatre in LA. Title IX, which looks at the insidious nature of sexual inequality, was featured in the 2017 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. Romero is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. She holds her MFA from UC Davis. She is an Assistant Professor in School of Theatre, Film & Television at the University of Arizona.
Being Read on September 15, 2017
Journey of the Saint | September 22th, 2017
SYNOPSIS: In 1796, two theater artists receive the charge to transport the mummified remains of Saint Fortunata across the known world. During the two-year journey from Cádiz, Spain to Moquegua, Perú, an atheist and a Catholic, face great dangers and together they discover the twists and turns of faith, miracles and doubt.
César de María nació en Lima, Perú en 1960. Es uno de los dramaturgos peruanos más destacados de la actualidad. Ha dedicado más de 35 años al teatro, alternando su pasión teatral con la fotografía y la publicidad. En 1978 César ganó el Premio Nacional de Obras de Corto Reparto convocado por el TUSM y CELCIT PERU con la obra “La Celda”. César ha recibido premios y menciones en concursos de teatro y narración, entre ellos un accésit en el "Tirso de Molina" (1992) y el primer "Hermanos Machado" (1995). Empezó como autor y director en el grupo "Homero, teatro de grillos" con Sara Joffré en 1976. Ha trabajado con diversos grupos como Telba, Kusi Kusi (Grupo de Titeres), Olmo, Quinta Rueda y otros más.
César de María was born in Lima, Peru in 1960. He began his career as an author and director with the theatrical group Homero, Teatro de Grillos and worked with Sara Joffré in 1976. He is now one of the most outstanding Peruvian playwrights of our time. He has dedicated more 35 years to theater and has infused his theatrical passion with photography and advertising. In 1978, he won the National Prize for Short Works by TUSM and CELCIT PERU with his play La Celda. He has received numerous awards and commemorations such as winning second prize for Tirso de Molina (1992) and first prize for Brothers Machado (1995). He has also worked with various groups such as Telba, Kusi Kusi (a puppetry group), Olmo, Quinta Rueda and many others.
Journey of the Saint
Being Read on September 22, 2017
Querencia | September 29th, 2017
SYNOPSIS: Milo's favorite fruit are bananas; also, he just turned 13 and is grappling with his sexual identity. If that weren’t complicated enough, his estranged aunt has just been released from jail and the gym class bully has picked him as the new target. Having never left his neighborhood in L.A., he dreams about what it would be like to escape–but in the meantime, at least he has his neighbor Zoe, who has sworn to be his BFF with a drop of blood. And, in their world, blood is supposed to be the strongest bond.
Benjamin Benne is a 2017 Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Playwriting Award winner, a 2017-18 McKnight Fellow in Playwriting at the Playwrights' Center, and was previously a 2016-17 Many Voices Fellow. His plays include a mortality-themed trilogy: Terra Incognita, At the Very Bottom of a Body of Water, and What\Washed Ashore/Astray. His work has been produced and/or developed with The Lark's Playwrights' Week (NY), Two River Theater (NJ), Pillsbury House Theatre (MN), Annex Theatre (WA), Forward Flux Productions (WA), Parley (WA), Umbrella Project (WA), and Seattle Repertory Theatre (WA), among others. Additionally, his plays have been finalists for the Princess Grace Award, O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Headwaters New Play Festival, and Austin Playhouse's Festival of New American Plays, as well as the runner-up for the National Latino Playwriting Award and semi-finalist for the Blue Ink Playwriting Award. He is a queer Jewtino of Guatemalan heritage, who was born and raised in Los Angeles County but currently resides in Minneapolis, MN.
Being Read on September 29, 2017