Desert Longing or Las Aventureras
In a desert clearing on the outskirts of 1850s Los Angeles, Luisa and Elena Pico await a nocturnal rendezvous with Tiburcio Vasquez, the last Mexican bandit to roam California. Unbeknownst to them, the amorous bandit has also planned to meet two other society matrons. After the four women discover each other, they encounter several townsmen masquerading as the bandit. Amidst sighs, desires and fake mustaches, the women soon learn to seek adventure for themselves.
Produced: South Coast Repertory
Developed: South Coast Repertory, Emory University
Commissioned: South Coast Repertory
Deseo en el Desierto o Las Aventureras, Spanish translation by
Georgina Escobar, also available.
- “None of the women knows about the others, but they're soon tripping over each other under the stars, waiting for Vasquez as if he were a more romantic precursor to Godot.” - Don Shirley, Los Angeles Times - Read Review
Land of Benjamin Franklin
In 1976 New York City, Marta, a Spanish-American singer, carries on an affair with Joaquin, a married jewelry salesman from an unnamed Latin American country. On the eve of the U.S. bicentennial, the couple confronts the personal and political histories challenging their relationship.
Drama (1W, 1M)
Awards: Finalist, Actors Theater of Louisville Ten-Minute Play Contest
Produced: East L.A. Repertory
Developed: New Georges
Published: NoPassport Press
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Drama (1W, 1M)
Produced: Yale Cabaret, UC Santa Barbara One Act Festival
Developed and Produced: Broken Nose Theatre’s Bechdel Fest 3, Chicago, IL
Awards: Finalist, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville Ten-Minute Play Contest
Published: 2016 Best Ten-Minute Plays, Smith & Kraus