By Tanya Saracho

As a director I am drawn to honest, radical, and deliberate work in which I can see myself or my community reflected. Our identities are complex, moving matrices and the work I am most excited about responds to these shifts. I am drawn to honest work that is not bounded by stereotypes, but revels in the complexity of human identity and engages with the myriad questions surrounding ‘authenticity’. I am also drawn to radical work that attempts to push against conventionalism with characters that complicate assumed tropes, with acts of disidentification that work against the dominant ideology, or innovative form. I am drawn to deliberate work that aims to impact audiences with a purpose and work with intentional design choices that support and enhance the text.

21371310_1685179388193395_81674669658701

Playwrights like Alexis Scheer, Octavio Solis, and Guadalís Del Carmen brilliantly play with tensions in work that is honest, radical, and deliberate; Alexis’ plays are unflinchingly daring in how she radically repositions Latina femininity with raw power; Octavio’s work creates worlds that gleam with dark poetry and brutal violence imposed by society and individuals alike; Guadalís’ scripts push against the weight we place upon our differences with delicate honesty.

 

I am committed to working on new plays because they can reflect the world we live in. I distinctly remember my feeling of  disbelief when a professor suggested that I should simply reach out to a playwright I was reading. My earliest training focused exclusively on playwrights like Shakespeare and Arthur Miller, so the suggestion seemed like the most absurd impossibility; but working on new plays is a great opportunity to collaborate on a living project. New plays are free from the burdening weight of the cannon, they respond to the world we live in directly, and they contain the reality of a living playwright who can collaborate in the artistic creation.