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Another Part of the House is a re-imagining of Federico Garcia Lorca’s “La Casa De Bernarda Alba.” It is a play of political and sexual repression and the tragedy that it creates in a family of women in mourning. In it, I follow Garcia-Lorca’s plot but write all the things I imagine between the lines of his play. I try to say all that he could not say for fear of fascist repercussions, homophobia, misogyny while endeavoring to maintain the integrity of his work.
Cigarettes and Moby Dick is the story of Miranda, an assimilated Nuyorican who’s moved to Manhattan from the Bronx to forge a new identity as a downtown hipster. She meets Lila, an Eastern European lesbian, falls in love and pretends not to with three sailors named John. Lila escapes her pain through vodka and hallucinations of a post-feminist Marilyn Monroe. Miranda escapes Lila with her “Johns”. Written in the style of a “plovel” where narrative and dramatic writing co-exist on stage.
Fur is the story of Citrona, a hirsute young woman who is purchased by Michael at a sideshow to be his bride. Michael has a fetish for animals and runs a pet shop in post-apocalyptic Los Angeles which has become a giant sand pit. He hires Nena, an animal trapper to catch and bring food to the caged Citrona. But Citrona falls in love with Nena who’s in love with Michael. A tragi-comic triangular retelling of the Beauty & the Beast where the beast wins.
El Grito del Bronx is the story of Lulu, a poet, & Papo, her incarcerated brother. It is about how their fractured search for home has led one to marriage and the other to death. A play filled with memories and ghosts—violence and love, it ‘s a story ultimately about how the darkest rage can lead to redemption.
Miriam’s Flowers is the story of 16 year-old Miriam and how the accidental death of her 7 year-old brother, Puli, plunges her and their mother, Delfina and step-father, Nando, into a dark journey of self-mutilation & sexual awakening that leads to a spiritual redemption—where the lifeless bleed and statues of Saints heal.
Salt is an adaptation of John Ford’s “Tis Pity She’s a Whore” that tells the story of a reluctant messiah named Rocket who tries to drown out the prayers of those who need him by listening to disco music. But the prayers of Belen, a 13 year-old girl who is forced to prostitute herself, breaks through and Rocket is forced to help her and her family find salvation.