Guillermo Reyes has produced and published a variety of plays including Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown and Mother Lolita as off-Broadway productions with Urban Stages, Chilean Holiday and Saints at the Rave at the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and many others.
Men on the Verge debuted in Los Angeles at the Celebration Theater and won the L.A. Ovation Award for Best World Premiere Play which went on to win the New York Outer Critics’ Circle Award for Best Solo Performance for Felix Pire during its off-Broadway run.
Recently, Guillermo published Madre and I: A Memoir of our Immigrant Lives with the University of Wisconsin Press.
Guillermo earned a Bachelor's in Italian from UCLA, an MFA in Playwriting at UCSD, and he’s currently a professor and the head of dramatic writing at Arizona State University in the School of Film, Dance, and Theater.
Guillermo shares with Marc about going down new writing paths and projects like theater for young audiences and his newest play: Valentino and the Chilean Heiress, his writing process, the appeal of Hamilton, and the myths, misunderstandings, and misapprehensions of Latino theater.
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spot lightning round with Guillermo Reyes:
- What’s a play that you recommend to be seen or read at least once? – “The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde”
- What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? – “Your writing has an accent — like you do — don't lose it”
- If you could sing one song on The Voice, what would it be? – “Bella Ciao“
- If you had a superpower, what would it be? – “Enlightenment Rays”
- What’s your favorite word? – “Delectation”
people and resources mentioned:
- Valentino and the Chilean Heiress – A new play by Guillermo. Includes music and the tango.
- Miracle Theatre (Teatro Milagro) – Theater group in Portland, Oregon helping develop Valentino play.
- Joseph Megel– Original and off-Broadway Director of Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown. Joseph is featured in Episode 7 on the Talking Theater podcast.
- Borderlands Theater – Professional theater company in Tucson, Arizona focused on the Latino/Chicano/Mexicano voice. That Day in Tucson (They Call Me a Hero) was performed here.
- Josefina Lopez – Interview with her that Marc references about how theater takes things hidden in the dark and brings them into the light,
- Sunrise at Monticello – New York Times rave review about Guillermo's stinging, hilarious satire about Thomas Jefferson.
- Joe Orton, Luigi Pirandello, Federico Garcia Lorca – Theater heroes. These playwrights have influenced Guillermo.
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