Sol 3: luis alfaro
A Chicano born and raised in the Pico-Union district of downtown Los Angeles, Luis is the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowship, popularly known as a “genius grant”, awarded to people who have demonstrated expertise and exceptional creativity in their respective fields. He is the first Playwright-in-Residence in the 83-year history of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the largest repertory theatre in the United States, serving for six seasons through the generous support of the Andrew S. Mellon Foundation. He was most recently a Joyce Foundation Fellow. Luis is the only playwright to have received two Kennedy Center ‘Fund for New American Play’ awards in the same year.
His plays have been seen throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and include "Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles" (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Getty Villa-Malibu [Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle and Los Angeles Ovation Award, Best Play], Victory Gardens Theatre–Chicago [Jefferson Award, Best New Play], and upcoming at Portland Center Stage) "St. Jude" (Victory Gardens Theatre-Chicago, Under The Radar West @ Kirk Douglas Theatre-Los Angeles, South Coast Repertory-Costa Mesa) "Delano" (Magic Theatre-San Francisco) "Painting in Red" (Playwrights Arena-Los Angeles) "Alleluia the Road" (Campo Santo/California Shakespeare-San Francisco) "Aesop in Rancho Cucamonga" (Lewis Family Playhouse-Rancho Cucamonga) "Bruja" (Magic Theatre-San Francisco, Borderlands Theatre-Tucson), "Oedipus El Rey" (Getty Villa-Malibu, Magic Theater-San Francisco [Glickman Prize, Bay Area Theatre Critics Award], Boston Court Theatre-Pasadena [L.A. Weekly Award, Adaptation], Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company-Washington DC, Borderlands Theatre-Tucson, Pangea Theatre-Minneapolis, Miracle Theatre Group-Portland, Victory Gardens Theatre-Chicago [Best of the Year: Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader], eSe Teatro-Seattle, Dallas Theatre Center, San Diego Repertory) "Hero" (Playwrights Arena-Los Angeles, Teatro Vision-San Jose) "Electricidad" (Goodman Theater-Chicago, Mark Taper Forum-Los Angeles [Published-American Theatre Magazine, Backstage Garland Award], Teatro Vision-San Jose, Sacramento Theatre Company, San Pedro Playhouse-San Antonio, Teatro Nuevo Mexico-Albuquerque, Pacifica Spindrift Players, Bilingual Foundation of the Arts-Los Angeles, Artes de la Rosa-Fort Worth, Teatro Vagon-San Francisco, Teatro Espejo-Sacramento; 32 productions) "Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner" (Teatro Vista-Chicago, Synchronicity-Atlanta, Hartford Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival) "Body of Faith" (Cornerstone Theater Company-Los Angeles [PEN Center Award for Drama]) "Straight as a Line" (Goodman Theatre-Chicago, 3-Legged Race-Minneapolis, Playwrights Arena-Los Angeles, Primary Stages-New York, National Theatre of Romania [two-year run], Edinburgh Festival-Scotland) "Bitter Homes and Gardens" (Latino Chicago, Playwrights Arena-Los Angeles) "Ladybird" (La Jolla Playhouse-POP Tour) "Black Butterfly, Jaguar Girl, Piñata Woman and Other Super Hero Girls, Like Me" (Smithsonian Museum, The Kennedy Center, Actors’ Gang-Los Angeles, Coterie Theatre-Kansas City, Mark Taper Forum-Los Angeles, East L.A. Repertory, Working Classroom-Albuquerque).
His solo performance work has been seen throughout the United States, England and Mexico, including the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, The Getty Center, Boston Center for the Arts, The Goodman Theatre, Hirshorn Museum at the Smithsonian, South Coast Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and X-Teresa Performance Space in Mexico City.
Luis was a resident artist at the Mark Taper Forum for ten years. He served as Director of New Play Development where he produced and developed over one hundred and fifty new plays in the Taper Too, New Work Festival and Next Step seasons as well as managed the laboratory work of the company.
He has taught throughout the country and is now an Associate Professor with tenure in the MFA Dramatic Writing Program at the University of Southern California (USC). Previously he taught at California Institute of the Arts (Cal-Arts).
He has an Emmy-nominated short film, "Chicanismo" [Best Experimental Film, San Antonio CineFestival, Best Short, CineAccion San Francisco] and an award-winning recording, "down town," on SST/New Alliance Records [Best Spoken-Word Release, National Association of Independent Record Distributors].
Oedipus el rey
"This endeavor represents a fulfillment of the American Theater’s promise to be a space for all American stories."—Jacob Padrón
“By the end of our production with The Sol Project, we will have suddenly a hefty new chunk of Latino theater artists who are part of the family. And I’m going to have their voices and their eyes in my head when I plan the season.” —Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director, The Public Theater
with Juan Castano, Sandra Delgado, Julio Monge, Joel Perez, Brian Quijada, Reza Salazar, Juan Francisco Villa
sets: Riccardo Hernandez
lights: Lap Chi Chu
costumes: Anita Yavich
wig/makeup: Leah Loukas
fight director: David Anzuelo
dialect: Ron Carlos
original music and sound design: Fabian Obispo
2018 Drama Desk Award, Special Award, Juan Castano
2018 Drama Desk Nomination, Outstanding Fight Choreography, David Anzuelo
2018 Drama League Nomination, Outstanding Production of a Play
2018 Drama League Nomination, Distinguished Performance, Juan Castano
2018 Hewes Design Nomination, Scenic Design, Riccardo Hernandez
2018 Hewes Design Nomination, Notable Effects, Fabian Obispo
A Chicano Twist to a Classic Tragedy: Playwright Luis Alfaro's 'Oedipus El Rey'
NBC News | November 1st, 2017
Gay Latino Playwright Luis Alfaro's New Take on Oedipus Is Set in a South Central Prison
Out | September 1st, 2017