Monsters we create
5 (M), 3(W) 1 (GNC)
Sci-Fem, Latinx Futurity, Dystopia, Apocalyptic, Frontera Funk
The year is 2030 and the world has been turned upside down. Along the border, in a place called “Sun Town” a series of ominous threats have surfaced, threatening the livelihood of six friends. After a young writer escapes from the Stamp (Sterilization Camp), she sets into motion a story and a call to action which promises to save her friends and, hopefully, civilization as they know it. That is, if they can get past their own monsters…A frontera funk tale co-created with UTEP writing students, Monsters We Create is a surprisingly sweet story of loss, friendship, and hope.
From the playwright
"In 2019, the University of Texas at El Paso hired me as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Practice in order to conceive, lead, and write a new play for their 2019-2020 season. The goal was to lead a group of writers through a 'writer's room' type collaboration and the course was designed to fit alongside an acting and a design collaboration course. I came in with the only the title. In the course of 15 weeks, 12 writers, split into groups I coined as Wrights, World Builders, and the Smiths. Each team lead the first part of the creation starting with images, tag lines, themes, mood, genre and outlines. I then Brough the first scene with a group of characters and we worked to create new characters that could live in this world. Lastly, we engaged in prompt-driven scene creation and revision. After our first read, I took the helm as Executive Writer and finished the draft. The writers then engaged in feedback for my rewrites, and if inspired, pitched new scenes or monologues to be considered for our rehearsal draft. At the end of the semester, the writers heard the script out loud for the first time with the entire department. In late November, director Kim McKean cast the play and soon thereafter rehearsals started. At rehearsals, I functioned as playwright and made changes and revisions according to the discoveries made with the director, dramaturge, and cast. The entire process was unique, rewarding, and incredibly humbling!" G. Escobar