Episode 2.06: Manuel Lopez, Morir Soñando
This month we are talking to Manuel Lopez, a bilingual Boston playwright by way of the Dominican Republic, Washington Heights, and Lawrence. His play Morir Soñando introduces us to El Cuco, a Latin American boogeyman/trickster type which Lopez intertwines into the lives of a group of friends.
Like LIvian Yeh last episode, Mani was involved in Artists Theater of Boston’s This Place/Displaced, and he talks about the process of pairing up with a community partner for inspiration for his play which he wrote in verse because the assignment wasn’t difficult enough or something.
Former featured playwright Jecenia Isis Figueroa joins us as co-host, and together we talk about bilingual theater, life as an immigrant, writing in verse, Buzz Lightyear, and the challenges of moving from New York to Boston as a kid. We stump him with the Fictional Latinx Bostonian question.
Jecenia Isis Figueroa
El Cuco was played by Michael Saenz
Rafi was played by David Quiroz
Leyla was played by Nicole Ventura
Stage Directions were read by Jecenia Isis Figueroa