Teatro Milagro presents a new event: The INGENIO Play Fest. Four Latina/o playwrights were selected with their plays after a national search and all four will be presented in readings, September 8–10.

Playwrights will work with guest artist Daniel Jáquez, directors, and dramaturgs in the development of the scripts, preparing them for a full production. Each reading will be followed by a moderated feedback session, led by Jáquez and other guests.

Seven other plays were selected for the INGENIO Reading Series. Readings will be held throughout the season, starting next January.

INGENIO is free and open to the public. All readings start at either 7:30 pm or 2 pm, September 8 through September 10. No reservations are necessary.

The four selected plays are:

Friday September 8, at 7:30 pm – Valentino and the Chilean Heiress by Guillermo Reyes. A wealthy Chilean heiress, Blanca DeMille, meets Rudolph Valentino in New York in the 1910s when he was struggling to survive as a dancer.  His relationship to Blanca forms part of Valentino’s early rumor and legend and it is presented in a highly stylized, tango-infused, fictionalized version.

Guillermo Reyes

Saturday September 9, 2 pm – I Kissed Chavela Vargas by Monica Palacios. A memory play with music revolving around three generations of Chicanas and performing, aging, healing, female sexuality and grace. 70 year old Rosa struts around her world in a black slip and heels proving to her over-protective daughter Petra she’s not your ordinary retiree. Petra’s daughter Blue is at the start of her singing career and has a deep connection with her eccentric grandmother.

Monica Palacios

Saturday September 9, 7:30 pm – Shoe by Marisela Treviño Orta. Giving up college and life outside her family’s double-wide trailer in Texas Marta comes to take care of her manipulative mother. A new online relationship reignites Marta’s dreams and curiosity about the world outside but her younger sister has other ideas.

Marisela Orta

Sunday, September 10, 2 pm – Los Dreamers by Monica Sanchez. Scoobi, is a “Dreamer” who came to the US without papers and is finishing school. She lost her boyfriend at war and got a marriage of convenience. A mother/daughter story focusing on the relationship between the mother’s past and the child’s understanding and acceptance of the present, the story explores immigration, education, and fighting for what you believe.

Monica Sanchez

All readings are held at Milagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark St. See milagro.org or call 503.236.7253