The Austin Latino New Play Festival came and went. On May 16th, I was wisked away to Austin, Texas to see the brilliant work of the actors and creative team that took my play The Stories of Us and mounted it on stage. I was nervous, excited and overwhelmed but all of that went away when I saw mentors, friends and classmates (that I had not seen since moving from Austin almost a year ago) there to support me. To have my family’s support was paramount. Although they were shocked at the play’s use of profanity (even though I warned them before hand), they enjoyed my work.
Professor Gerald, one of my dearest mentors, passed away last week. I was broken up when I heard the news. I had been knowing him for six years and everytime I needed encouragement or advice he was there to help. Gerald had a Morgan Freeman-like voice and a sly smile. His skin was a deep brown and his heart was always warm. I remember spending many meetings in his office, which was a collage of his expereinces and inspirations, listening to him answer my countless questions with sincere honesty. Continue reading
I got the chance to write for Las Morenas de Espana. Check it out below.
Ever since the fifth grade, I have longed to visit Spain. Maybe it was my long time crush on Enrique Iglesias or the project that I did on Spanish culture in the sixth grade. Whatever it was, Spain was always on my list of places to experience. When I finally got my chance to travel out of the country during my junior year of college, I thought that spending six weeks in Spain would be a no-brainer but I choose Brazil because of the opportunity to work with and learn about Afro-Brazilian culture. It proved to be a grand experience that lit my travel fire.
This is a journey that has been a long time coming. The Stories of Us is the play that I have been writing for six years but I never knew that I was writing it.
All of the stories share some Afro-Latin@, African American, Choco-taco realness that has been boiling up inside of me and situating itself around me ever since I was 13.
The announcement on the Teatro Vivo website.
Teatro Vivo Presents Fifth Annual Austin Latino New Play Festival
at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center May 14-16, 2015
Playwrights Andrew Valdez, Adriana Garcia, and Jelisa Jay Robinson
Create Fresh Takes on the Latino Experience.
Teatro Vivo presents the fifth annual Austin Latino New Play Festival (ALNPF) in collaboration with ScriptWorks May 14-16, 8 p.m. at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. The festival includes three evenings of staged readings of new Latino plays with nightly general admission that is “pay what you wish.” A $40 festival pass is available for those attending all three evenings, and reserved seats may be purchased for $15 each evening. Visit teatrovivo.org for information.
ALNPF is a theater event that brings playwrights and audience members together in conversation surrounding three new workshop productions that bring insight into the Latino experience. After each reading, the playwright and director participate…
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A few months ago, I got the news of my life. The Austin Latino New Play Festival called and they wanted to do a staged reading of my play The Stories of Us . This piece has come a long way since a small workshop in 2013. But more on the process later. If you are in the Austin-area, check out the festival. My play is May 16th at 8pm.
The Stories of Us is a collection of stories that dig deep into the intercultural conflict between African Americans and Latinos, African diaspora identity, and Afrolatinidad. This scrapbook of experiences, histories, and feelings takes its audience through African roots in Mexico, the time you told your brother you were dating a “black girl,” and that moment you were proud of your heritage, combining to reveal people of color trying to navigate each other’s worlds and build one together.
May 14-16 3 nights, 3 great new Latino plays Austin Latino New Play Festival with ScriptWorks at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center Get your tixs on line – http://latinoplayfestival.bpt.me