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.
Modern Slave | Performed on 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.