Latino Playwriting Award
2013 National Latino Playwriting Award Announced!
Marisela Treviño Orta’s The River Bride and Caridad Svich’s Spark as co-winners of the 2013 National Latino Playwriting Award. This is the first time Arizona Theatre Company has acknowledged two winners. Both playwrights will receive a $1000 award in recognition for their work.
Three days before a wedding, a handsome and mysterious man is fished from the Amazon River. Set once upon a time in a small Brazilian fishing village, Orta’s The River Bride is a tale of true love, regret and two sisters who struggle to be true to each other and their hearts. Orta wrote The River Bride as an installment of a Grimm fairytale-like series she is writing for the stage. She wrote and developed the play while participating in AlterLab. AlterTheater will premiere The River Bride in the fall of 2013.
"The River Bride is a visually striking fairytale infused with lyrical language and steeped in the folklore of the Amazon,” said ATC Playwright-in-Residence Elaine Romero.
Caridad Svich’s Spark features three sisters living in the U.S. who are caught in the fray of the aftermath of a recent war. It is about what happens when soldiers come home, when women of little economic means must find a way to make do and carry on, and the strength, ultimately, of family. Spark speaks to faith, love, war, and trauma with a touch of healing. Through NoPassport, in collaboration with venues across the U.S. and abroad, Spark received 32 readings in November 2012. The play was commissioned by an independent group of artists and scholars. Spark was originally developed at the Lark Play Development Center, Bristol Riverside Theatre, and TECL & Mannatee Films.
In praise of Spark, Romero said, “Our judges were wooed by the stunning original voice of Caridad Svich. Spark is a play of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Spark molds its own language as it poignantly conveys the travails of women living outside the fringes of the American Dream.”
Past award-winning play, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz was later a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Plays from the award have been featured at the Humana Festival and at regional theaters across the country. Other recipients of the award include: Carlos Murillo, Octavio Solis, and Karen ZacarÍas. Felix Pire's winning play The Origins of Happiness in Latin was produced by ATC. Edwin Sànchez’s La Bella Familia and Michael Mejias’s Ghetto Babylon were given staged readings as part of ATC’s Café Bohemia. Svich previously won the National Latino Playwriting Award for Magnificent Waste.
2014 National Latino Playwriting Award Guidelines:
Latino playwrights residing in the United States, its territories, or Mexico are encouraged to submit scripts for the Award. Each script will be read and evaluated by a culturally diverse panel of theatre artists. Finalists will be judged by ATC artistic staff.
Deadline for Submission:
Scripts must be postmarked by December 31, 2013.
We respectfully ask that you adhere to the following application requirements:
- Submit one script, securely bound by brads, a three ring binder, a presentation folder or any other non-permanent binding system. Please do not send a script that has been spiral-bound.
- Please include a title page on the script that includes the play's title, the author's name and contact information (including a phone number, mailing address and email) on the front page.
- Include a cover letter of no more than one-page, describing the play's developmental history and any other relevant information about the play.
Mail manuscripts to:
National Latino Playwriting AwardWe do not accept scripts via email.
ATTN: Katherine Monberg, Literary Assistant
Arizona Theatre Company
343 S. Scott Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
One playwright will be awarded $1,000 and the possible inclusion of the winning play in Café Bohemia, ATC's unique play reading series.
The award is open to all Latino playwrights currently residing in the United States, its territories, or Mexico.
Scripts may be in English, English and Spanish, or solely in Spanish. (Spanish language and bilingual scripts must be accompanied by an English translation.)
Plays must be unpublished and unproduced (professionally) by the time of submission.
Full-length and one-act plays (minimum length, 50 pages) on any subject will be accepted.
Scripts will be read by a culturally diverse panel of theatre artists. The award-winning play will be selected from a group of finalists by ATC's senior artistic staff.
Scripts become the property of Arizona Theatre Company and will not be returned. In this case, "property" means the physical property of the theatre, not the intellectual property or any rights to the play.
The winner will be notified by August 1, 2014.
For More Information:
Katherine Monberg, Literary Associate