AZTEC PIRATES, A LATINX FANTASIA ON NATIONAL THEMES  PARTS ONE AND TWO

Across borders and allegiances this two part play takes you on a harrowing and disturbing adventure that examines life for Latinx people caught between embracing their roots and conforming to the mob mentality of a Trump-era USA.

Aztec Pirates is a study of the American Vendido; the controversial trope assigned to LatinX people who betray their own race. In the chaotic times of a Trump led America it is shocking to many of us to find that many of our family members support a leader who has villainized us as a people and uses us as a scapegoat to gain financial and political power. Many of us have found ourselves caught between our beliefs, our families, and our identities wondering where we stand in America’s future - and that is the central theme that encompasses this play. Furthermore as the American melting pot continues to turn our multitude of cultures into a uniculture we find ourselves grasping with the heavy thought that had Spaniards not colonized the Native American peoples we would not exist. We are both the conquered and the conqueror and in knowing that, do we all become Vendidos?

 

THE INSIGNIFICANCE OF LIFE ON MARS

Part One

Johnny Montenegro is an ICE agent trying to put back the pieces of his life after an ugly incident in the field got him suspended from duty. While arresting a man he had already deported two years earlier, he was called a traitor to his race and he beat the accuser half to death, but he couldn’t shake the idea that had been planted within him: was he a traitor to his race? Equipped with only his commands Johnny embarks on an odyssey as he searches for the truth about his country, his culture, and his memory. However with every answer that he finds, there is something inside of him that becomes less clear. His quest to clear his conscience leads him from strip bars to courtrooms to hospitals to morgues, as he seeks the validation he needs to continue living complicitly.

 

THE INEQUITY OF SACRIFICE

Part Two

Three years after the deadly actions of ICE agent Johnny Montenegro changed their lives forever, Elida wants closure, Carmen wants absolution, and Michelle wants justice. But as they try to move on, looming mysteries and visions of prophetic Aztec Warriors force them into a journey that will entangle their lives further.

Across borders and allegiances this two part play takes you on a harrowing and disturbing adventure that examines life for Latinx people caught between embracing their roots and conforming to the mob mentality of a Trump-era USA. 

 

PICTURES FROM AZTEC PIRATES &
THE INSIGNIFICANCE OF LIFE ON MARS

Broadviews on Broadway Summer Fresh Festival 2018
Feast Performance Series 2018
Feast Performance Series 2018
Feast Performance Series 2018
Feast Performance Series 2018
Broadviews on Broadway Summer Fresh Festival 2018
Broadviews on Broadway Summer Fresh Festival 2018
Feast Performance Series 2018
Broadviews on Broadway Summer Fresh Festival 2018
Broadviews on Broadway Summer Fresh Festival 2018
The PlayGround Experiment 2018
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San Diego Rep LatinX New Play Festival
San Diego Rep LatinX New Play Festival
 

PICTURES FROM AZTEC PIRATES &
THE INEQUITY OF SACRIFICE

Pictures from developmental readings of Aztec Pirates part two.

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DEVELOPMENTAL HISTORY

  • The PlayGround Experiment: Pt 1 (2018), Pt 2 (2020)

  • Feast Performance Series 2018 (Pt 1)

  • Broadviews on Broadway Summer Fresh Festival 2018 (Pt 1)

  • All-Star Theatre South Texas 2019 (Pt 1)

  • San Diego Rep 2019 (Pt 1)

  • Frank Silvera Writers Workshop at the BK Cultural Arts Center: Pt 1 (2019), Pt 2 (2020)

  • NYC LatinX Playwrights Circle at Primary Stages 2020 (Pt 2)

 
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