The last date listed for The San Diego REP Latinx New Play Festival was Sunday, Aug 5, 2018 / 1:00pm (Azul).
WET – A DACAmented Journey is the story of what it means to be an American in every sense of the word except for one: on paper. It chronicles the story of Anner Cividanis’ Journey of living his whole life in the United States as an undocumented American. The play captures the desperation that DREAMers feel when considering the very limited options of adjustment of status, by being forced to navigate through a broken U.S. Immigration System. The play examines the mental, emotional, and psychological hardship one man has to endure in order to secure his livelihood in the only home he has known: Los Angeles. WET: A DACAmented Journey is written and performed by Alex Alpharaoh, directed by Kevin Comartin, and produced by Liz Ross. The play was originally developed as part of the True Story program at Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA.
Alex Alpharaoh is an award-winning stage and film actor, writer, director, producer, spoken word artist, solo performer, and teaching artist from Los Angeles. He has performed in various venues and open mics throughout Los Angeles, including Da Poetry Lounge, Sunday Jump, Washington D.C.’s Busboys and Poets, and New York’s renowned Nuyorican Cafe. As a teaching artist, Alpharaoh teaches a highly popular Fundamentals of Spoken Word and Performance Poetry class, advising individuals how to connect with their deeper selves, using their words and expressions as a form of healing.
Bad Hombres/Good Wives –
A Latinx farce set in 1995 in Sinaloa. Don Ernesto, a powerful Cartel lord has hidden away a young woman, Eva, in a convent to be trained to be the perfect wife. Eva has come of age and is handed over to Don Ernesto and his deaf housekeeper Armida, but Eva first meets a handsome young man she quickly falls for, but that young man turns out to be the son of Don Ernesto’s recently murdered rival. The young man mistakenly reveals his plans to rescue Eva to Don Ernesto. Ernesto sends a pair of bumbling hitmen to kill the young man, but the young man’s Banda singing mother stops them and catches Ernesto when he goes in to do the job himself. Ernesto falls for the singer, freeing Eva and the young man to marry.
Herbert Siguenza is a founding member of Culture Clash. He the Playwright in Residence at the San Diego Repertory Theatre through a generous Andrew W. Mellon grant. He has written and starred in the following plays: Cantinflas!, Private Eddie USA, A Weekend with Pablo Picasso, El Henry (Winner of a San Diego Critics award for Best Play 2014), Steal Heaven and Manifest Destinitis. The SDRep recently closed their season with Beachtown, an immersive interactive play he co-wrote with Rachel Grossman of dog & pony DC. He is currently developing his first musical called Birth Day and an adaptation of Moliere’s School for Wives called Bad Hombres/Good Wives. Herbert also performed the voices of the twin uncles in Pixar’s Oscar winning Best Animation COCO.
Azul is a memory play that traces three generations in two movements. When Zelia, a lifelong New Yorker, faces the loss of her Cuban-born mother, Yadra, and her own sense of identity in the process, she digs into her legacy and uncovers the story of her mother’s beloved aunt. While the family fled Cuba at the time of Castro’s revolution, their tia-abuela remained on the island for the love of another woman.
Christina Quintana (CQ) is a New York-based writer with Cuban and Louisiana roots. AZUL will have its World Premiere at Southern Rep Theatre in March 2019. The play was a selection on the 2017 Kilroys List, and an honorable mention for the 2018 Leah Ryan FEWW Prize and the 2017 Arch Bruce Brown Playwriting Competition. Other plays include: SCISSORING (INTAR), EVENSONG (Astoria Performing Arts Center), THE GREAT LONELY ROAMER & THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING (NYU Voices Festival), CITIZEN SCIENTIST (EST/Sloan Commission), and ENTER YOUR SLEEP (Yale Cabaret). She is the recipient of fellowships from Playwrights Realm, Van Lier New Voices at the Lark, CubaOne, Queer/Art, and Lambda Literary, a proud member of Youngblood, EST’s cohort of emerging playwrights, and a graduate of the MFA Playwriting program at Columbia University.
The Book of Leonidas-
Lenny is a Dominican-American hustler selling loosies on the same street corner in Queens that his father, Leonidas, used to rule over as legendary crime lord in the ’70’s. From his loosie profits he supports and lives with his repressive mother who derides him for not living up to Leonidas’ criminal legacy. Lenny finds an escape while working on his graphic novels until he stumbles into love with a pretty white girl, Lindsey. As their relationship deepens, the pressure of who he wants to be and who he was meant to be, careen into a final conclusion.
The Book of Leonidas was developed through the Latino Theater Alliance/L.A. Playwright’s Nest. Last year the play had a staged reading at the Cherry Lane Theater in NYC where it was awarded best play, as part of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival. Other playwrighting fellowships include, The Public Theater in NYC and the Humanitas Prize in Los Angeles. Mr. Amador was recently awarded a playwrighting grant from the Lincoln City Fellowship from the Speranza Foundation in NYC for his upcoming play, The Sunset Room.
Bees and Honey-
Bees and Honey is the unraveling of a love story. Manuel and Johaira have been together for almost a decade. Meeting young, at pivotal moments in their lives, they fell in love and got married. Although both were raised in the “‘hood”, each had different perspectives on how their experiences affected their choices. Johaira, a smart young lawyer from a working class immigrant family has always been an independent spirit that gets things done. Manuel, is an entrepreneur on the rise with a mechanic shop that is on the cusp of expansion. Both have ambitions and dreams that they hope to achieve together. But the funny thing about life is that as much as you make plans, life finds ways to change them. Johaira lands a career defining case that rocks her confidence and has her questioning her husband’s will to adopt a more feminist way of thinking. Manuel’s business is flourishing and growing, but when his mother falls ill he has little choice but to care for her, adding more tension to things at home. When tragedy strikes, their love for each other is tested.
Currently based in NYC, Guadalís Del Carmen was born and raised in Chicago. Her first play, Blowout, was produced by Aguijón Theater in 2013. In 2014, she was one of eight early career playwrights to be chosen to form El Semillero, a playwright writing group curated by ALTA (Alliance of Latino Theater Artists) in residency at Victory Gardens Theater. My Father’s Keeper was developed through El Semillero, is a semi-finalist in Quick Silver Theater Company’s 2018 Playwrights of Color Summit and a finalist in Latino Theater Commons Carnaval 2018.