Teatro Vivo proudly announces the plays and playwrights of the 2019 Austin Latino New Play Festival, April 18-20, 2019, in collaboration with ScriptWorks. Four plays will be presented in three days at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultura Center.
That Rhythm in the Blood
By Andrew Rincón
Miggy, a young man experiencing heartbreak in his life, battles and rages with the ghost of his grandmother, Lucy, who lived through similar pain 40 years before. As Lucy pushes Miggy to move on with his life, grandmother and grandson travel through dreams, back in time to when Lucy first immigrated to the US. This play explores loss, loneliness, and the pain that travels down immigration and blood.
Andrew Rincón is a Queer Colombian-American playwright, writing stories exploring sexuality, Latinidad, and intersectionality in today’s political climate. He is a winner of the 2019 Chesley/Bumbalo Grant for writers of Gay and Lesbian Theatre, and is a Company member of Unit 52 at INTAR in New York.
Even Flowers Bloom in Hell, Sometimes
By Franky D. González
This story is an examination of the inmates within a system, trying to discover meaning in the face of isolation and doubt in one’s own worth over a 25 year bid. The play explores familial ties, love, race, inmate-correctional officer relations, the passing of time, and the succeeding generation of individuals who deal with the challenges of trying to avoid a life of crime, or resigning oneself to becoming a part of the system that swept up previous generations.
Franky D. González is a Colombian-American playwright living in Dallas, TX originally from Queens, NY. He holds a BA in Theatre from the University of North Texas and serves as the Dramatists Guild Regional Representative for the Dallas – Fort Worth metroplex.
By Christine Granados
Noelia Bustamante tries to negotiate her independence by announcing she is seeking a job outside the family. This is a bold step for the people-pleasing young woman. Although the family agrees she should seek the job and go to the interview, they insist on going with her, which is not what Noelia had hoped for.
Christine Granados was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She is the publisher of the Rockdale Reporter, managing editor of Rock and Vine Magazine, and a reporter at the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. Granados has taught writing at universities throughout Texas. Her second book of fiction, Fight Like a Man and Other Stories We Tell Our Children, was published by the University of New Mexico Press in 2017.
What’s Up With Marjorie?
By Christin Eve Cato
Marjorie is a young, 2nd-generation, Nuyorican-Latina woman who is in the process of adulting. Like most young Latina women, Marjorie is trying to survive in the confusing diasporic cycle of identity, while struggling with her daunting personal life. When she meets a man she starts falling for, her unresolved anxiety begins to really kick in. She soon realizes that working on your “self” is one of the hardest things to do- especially with a dysfunctional family and two enabling best friends, who all have deep problems of their own.
Christin Eve Cato is currently pursuing an MFA in Playwriting at Indiana University. Cato is affiliated with NYC theater companies Pregones/PRTT, INTAR Theatre (UNIT 52), and Rhymes Over Beats. Cato’s work is heavily influenced by Caribbean culture, the Afrolatino diaspora, urban/inner-city life, and preconditioned socio-economic demographics.
This project is in collaboration with ScriptWorks, and is supported in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.