Finally my play Clock, featuring seven strong Latina characters, will have its world premiere March 7-16, 2014 in Phoenix. Way back in 1996 I was selected as a playwriting fellow from the Latino Theater Initiative at the Mark Taper Forum of Los Angeles. It was a huge honor to be acknowledged by this prestigious LA theater institution and given some cash to crank out a play.
The story: a Chicana lesbian couple are trying to figure out if they want to have a baby. One partner wants to, the other one is freaking out and everybody has an opinion even Leti, the Goddess of Fertility. Yup–it made sense to me and it was/is highlarious.
I had super successful readings in LA which made the community start asking: When’s the full production? People would stop me in the street and want to know when Clock was coming to life. They would add, “It’s funny and charming.” And I would reply: I know! Here’s the big drag that many playwrights deal with: you get a commission to write a new play, you get a few readings, people love it but then getting it to production is a Sisyphean task.
From 1996-2000 I submitted the play here and there. Regional theaters asked to see the play but then replied–“not what we’re looking for.” Ugh!
Since I couldn’t get the backing of a theater company and I knew I couldn’t produce this play by myself, I put this unique drama that I adored on the shelf. But I always kept sending it out to the universe spiritually. In 2011, I brought out vintage flyers of readings of Clock and placed them around my apartment.
On May 1, 2012 I got an email from Teatro Bravo of Phoenix saying: we want to feature your play in our New Play Reading Series. Excitement! The amazing thing about this correspondence was, I had mailed Teatro Bravo a hard copy of my play in 2000 and didn’t hear one peep from them back then. I was told that this group loved the play but never had the proper resources to produce it.
So the reading happened in Dec 2012 and the community loved it and responded in great enthusiasm through emails letting Teatro Bravo know that they should produce Clock. And lo and behold from the overwhelming positive response of the people, Teatro Bravo informed me Clock would be part of their 2013-2014 season.
I knew only one person could direct this play: my dear friend and Arizona State University Professor–Marivel Danielson. She writes about my work, she teaches my work, she’s directed my one person shows–and she loves me. So I strongly suggested her to Teatro Bravo and they agreed–they had no choice.
Marivel cast seven fierce Phoenix actors: Diana Jordan, Sandy Leon, Amy Arcega, Greta Skelly, Michelle Allen, Dilcia Yvonne Yanez and Victoria Servin, to bring Clock to life. With Marivel’s heart and soul dedication to my artistic vision, her unique creative intellect and the power of these dynamic actors, I am certain my beloved play will kick ass! I am grateful to Teatro Bravo, Marivel and these actors and I’m damn proud of myself. Come see our masterpiece!
Written by Monica Palacios
Directed by Marivel Danielson
March 7-16, 2014 Teatro Bravo, Phoenix
Book Monica Palacios for your upcoming university and cultural events focusing on: LGBT, Chicana/Latina, Theater, Women, Gender, Performance, Race, Class, Sexuality, Vegetarian Food.