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Edwin Sánchez: The Short Plays

Edwin Sánchez
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This collection includes 15 short and very short plays. BEA AND MAY: Bea does not want her beloved, May, to marry Jerry, but Jerry’s rich, and May has a plan. CELESTED: Lou’s ex, Celeste, shows up at his wedding. DING: Three people sit in a waiting room waiting for the bell to go ding! ERNESTO THE MAGNIFICENT: Tonight Ernesto the Failure will become Ernesto the Magnificent. ETHAN’S GOT GAME: Ethan’s going to be a millionaire by the time’s he twenty-one. GOODBYE: Hijo is leaving his family to pursue being an actor in New York. JIMMY: Danny’s rough trade, Jimmy, might be more than he bargained for. JODY’S MOTHER: Jody has made a terrible mistake, and Jody’s mother is paying for it. LILI MARLENE: Lili Marlene knows what’s wrong with this country, the lack of glamour. POPS: Tomas’s father was a busboy at Windows on the World. SILENCE 1: Robin is not speaking to Sandy, and it’s driving Robin crazy. SILENCE 2: Sandy’s not speaking to Robin, and Robin makes a meal out of it. SMILING: Ernest can’t wipe the smile off his face. SPEED DATING FOR THE LATINO ACTOR: A group of actors rediscover hope in their chosen profession. THE SUBSTITUTE: This substitute teacher has had enough, and he’s going to make sure his students think twice about ever bullying anyone again.

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Here are a few things that reviewers have said about some of Edwin Sánchez’s other plays:

“Sánchez’s lyrical, often soaring portrait of dreamers is one of the sweetest, most affirming plays … ” —Mark de la Viña, San Jose Mercury News

“Sánchez’s excellent, compelling drama … the heart-rending text …” —Robert Kent, Next Magazine

“Since graduating from the Yale School of Drama in 1994, Edwin Sánchez has won more fellowships and foundation grants than most playwrights receive in a lifetime. Go see UNMERCIFUL GOOD FORTUNE and you will understand why. The drama’s premise is intriguing, and the action often riveting, but what really sets the play apart is the dialogue.” —Virginia Gerst, Pioneer Press

About the Author


  • Edwin Sánchez

    Winner of the National Latino Playwriting Award for LA BELLA FAMILIA, recent productions include UNMERCIFUL GOOD FORTUNE and TRAFFICKING IN BROKEN HEARTS, both in Los Angeles as well as the world premiere of the romantic comedy I'LL TAKE ROMANCE at the Evolution Theatre in Ohio. Other productions include: DIOSA, produced by Hartford Stage after a successful workshop by New York Stage and Film, TRAFFICKING IN BROKEN HEARTS at the Bank Street Theater in New York, UNMERCIFUL GOOD FORTUNE at the Intar Theater in New York, for which he received the Princess Grace Playwriting Award in 1994, and BAREFOOT BOY WITH SHOES On at Primary Stages in New York. This play was selected by the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference to represent the National Playwrights Conference at the Schelykovo Playwrights Seminar in Russia; ICARUS produced by Fourth Unity, Actors Theater of Louisville as part of their Humana Festival, San Jose Rep and regionally throughout the U.S.; and TRAFFICKING IN BROKEN HEARTS, Atlantic Theater in New York, and productions in Brazil and Switzerland. He was also among the playwrights involved with Brave New World, an organization commemorating the events surrounding September 11th. Edwin is on the playwriting faculty at Primary Stages in New York City.

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Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 6/24/2016
Pages 90
ISBN 9780881456394