The 2017 Austin Latino New Play Festival

Festival of New Work Features the Diverse Voices of Playwrights Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos, Anthony Aguilar, and Luis Vega

AUSTIN, Texas — Teatro Vivo presents the 7th annual Austin Latino New Play Festival (ALNPF), in collaboration with ScriptWorks, March 3-4, 2017 at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. The festival includes three evenings and one afternoon of staged readings of new Latino plays.

The ALNPF brings playwrights and audience members together in conversation surrounding new theatre works that provide insight into the Latino experience. After each reading, the playwright participates in a talkback session with the audience. The ALNPF features three new plays, including a theatre-for-youth piece that will be presented the afternoon of Saturday March 4, 2017. All three plays tell stories with Latino roots and explore cross-cultural themes and dilemmas that surprise, challenge, engage, and push the dramatic envelope for audience members accustomed to one-way conversations at the theater.

Friday, March 3 (8 p.m.): The Hall of Final Ruin by Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos

Directed by Alexis Arredondo

Synopsis: As the Mexicans abandon 19th century Santa Fe to the Americans, a wealthy, high-stakes gambler wants only to preserve her family’s way of life and die a good Catholic death. But, the arrival of a needy Protestant, a fortune in ill-gotten gold, and unorthodox coaching from Death’s irreverent cart driver, complicate the ‘madrina’s’ perfect exit into Purgatory, forcing a final card game in which all is both lost and won.

Playwright: Winner of the Southern Playwrights Competition for To Tread Among Serpents, Kelly’s aesthetic view is a fusion of Southern Appalachian and Southwest U.S. culture and heavily influenced by the literary genres of Gothicism, Romanticism, and Magical Realism. Kelly’s plays have been produced or workshopped at Something Marvelous (Chicago), Renaissance Theaterworks (Milwaukee), the Barter Theatre (VA), The Bechdel Group (NY), Raíces Theatre Company (Buffalo), Jacksonville State University, among others. She earned a degree in theatre from the University of New Mexico.

Saturday, March 4 (3 p.m.): Emma & the Suzies by Anthony Aguilar (Theatre for Youth)

Directed by Sam Provenzano

Synopsis: After her grandson is caught spray painting, Grandma Emma must relive her rebellious youth in 1960s Boyle Heights. Now she watches on as her teenage self tries to start a gang named after her friends, the Suzies. But can Grandma Emma’s stories of defiance convince her grandson not to follow in her footsteps? This comedic play will have young teens and adults alike laughing with delight.

Playwright: Anthony Aguilar is a writer with several plays performed throughout the Los Angeles area. He is also the creator of the El Verde series, which follows the adventures of a Latino superhero. Productions include the punk rock musical, Little Red (Casa 0101, 2015), El Verde (Casa 0101 / TeAda Productions, Miles Memorial Playhouse, 2009), El Verde: The Wrath of Kahlo (Inner-City Arts, The Rosenthal Theater, 2014), and For One Mariachi (East LA Rep / Watts Village Theater Company, Meet Me At Metro, 2012). He received a series of readings through Center Theatre Group’s The Shop initiative for his stageplays El Verde and Emma & the Suzies (2014 / 2015) He has also been a writer’s assistant for Hulu’s East Los High (season 1) and a production office assistant on Comedy Central’s Key and Peele (season 5). He holds a B.A. in Theatre from California State University, Northridge and is originally from Boyle Heights, California.

Saturday, March 4 (8 p.m.): The Last Barnstorm by Luis Vega
Directed by Adam Martinez

Synopsis: Seeking to escape a troubled home life and racial segregation in the United States, an up-and-coming Negro League baseball player abandons his wife and newborn child for the chance to start anew in Mexico. Before long, drink and physical injury stall his dream of stardom, and he must reckon with what remains in a land that suddenly feels very far from home.

Playwright: Luis Vega is an actor, writer, and a teacher in New York City. Born to Puerto Rican parents, he grew up bilingual between the mainland and the island. As an actor, he has appeared off-Broadway and regionally at The Williamstown Theater Festival, The Atlantic Theater Company, The Culture Project, HERE Arts Center, South Coast Repertory and Virginia Stage. He has also appeared in TV and film, most notably, the Sundance feature, Another Earth (directed by Mike Cahill). Although Luis has written a number of short plays and films, The Last Barnstorm is his first full-length play. He is a graduate of Columbia University (BA in English) and UCSD (MFA in Acting).

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This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

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