Playwrights’ Arena Announces The Cast of WAITING

Jon Lawrence Rivera, Creative Director of Playwrights’ Arena – the initial and oldest theater committed to discovering, nurturing, and manufacturing primary works created solely by Los Angeles playwrights – has introduced the forged for Waiting by Daniel A. Olivas, which features Shanelle Darlene, Valentina Guerra, Amir Levi, and Raul Vega Martinez.

Waiting, directed by Daphnie Sicre, is impressed by Samuel Beckett’s legendary enjoy, Waiting FOR GODOT. With humor deeply steeped in Latinx culture, and our country’s anti-immigrant policies, Waiting around explores the this means-and absurdities-of id and belonging. This is a shorter, pandemic variation of the playwright’s complete-length participate in, Ready FOR GODÍNEZ.

“What harm have you finished to them? You are as significantly of this country as you are of México. But you are not property in both area. Ni de aquí, ni de allá.”

Daniel A. Olivas, the grandson of Mexican immigrants, was born and raised in close proximity to downtown Los Angeles. He is an award-successful author of nine textbooks of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry including, The King of Lighting Fixtures: Tales (University of Arizona Press), Crossing the Border: Collected Poems (Pact Press), and Factors We Do Not Chat About: Checking out Latino/a Literature by means of Essays and Interviews (San Diego State University Press). He co-edited The Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes and Shifts of Los Angeles (Tía Chucha Press), and edited Latinos in Lotusland: An Anthology of Modern Southern California Literature(Bilingual Push).

Broadly anthologized, Olivas has created on lifestyle and literature for The New York Times, Los Angeles Overview of Books, BOMB, La Bloga, and The Guardian. Olivas’s 1st comprehensive-size enjoy, Waiting for Godínez, was picked for the Playwrights’ Arena Summertime Looking through Sequence (2020), and The Road Theatre’s Twelfth Once-a-year Playwrights Competition (2021). The enjoy was also a semi-finalist for the American Blues Theater’s 2021 Blue Ink Playwriting Award. Olivas was picked for Circle X Theatre Firm’s inaugural Emerging Playwrights Team to adapt his acclaimed novel, The Ebook of Want (College of Arizona Push), for a looking at in 2021. Waiting around is Olivas’s initially thoroughly-phase participate in that he describes as a “pandemic remix” of Waiting around for Godínez. Olivas gained his diploma in English literature from Stanford College, and law diploma from UCLA. By working day, Olivas is an legal professional and would make his dwelling in Southern California with his wife. They have an grownup son, Ben, who is also a proud Bruin and will work in the video clip activity style marketplace.

Dr. Daphnie Sicre teaches Directing & Theatre for Social Modify at Loyola Marymount College. Engaging in anti-racist and cultural skilled theatre procedures, she facilitates workshops to train about EDI theatre pedagogy. When she is not teaching, creating, or conducting workshops, she can be discovered directing or serving as a dramaturg. She a short while ago directed the subsequent Zoom productions: This Bitch by Adrienne Dawes (Austin Latinx New Enjoy Competition), Range Awareness Picnic by Leah Nanako Winkler (LMU), Talking Peace by France-Luce Benson (Fountain Theatre) and various stage readings, including Waiting around for Godinez. Her LMU debut was In the Heights before the pandemic strike. Find New York Metropolis directing credits involve: Jose Casas’s 14 (BMCC), Shower Me by Sheyenne Brown (FringeNYC), Stranger by Kendra Augustin (Stage Black), the place she received Very best Director and the AUDELCO nominated Not About Eve by Karl Williams. She is also the resident dramaturg at the Robey Theatre.

Manufacturing Staff involves: Matt Richter (sound design and style), Mylette Nora (costume style), and Letitia Chang (Phase Supervisor).

Opening established for Saturday, July 24, 7 PM, in the courtyard of Atwater Village Theatre, 3269 Casitas Ave., Los Angeles. Frequent performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 7 PM. It closes on Sunday, August 15, 2021, at 7 PM.

Tickets are $30 on the web. For reservations go to or connect with 213-925-7631.