Ricardo Peréz González splits his writing time between NYC and LA, where he writes for Designated Survivor. His first play, In Fields Where They Lay, was hailed by the NY Times as “gripping” and “moving drama.” Since that debut, the Sundance Institute selected Ricardo for their Inaugural Writer’s Intensive, and his Alan Turing Biopic, The Tender Peel, won an Alfred P. Sloan Grant. He is also an alumnus of the Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater and a winner of the MetLife Nuestras Voces national playwriting award.
DON'T EAT THE MANGOS: With families and lives of their own, sisters Ismelda, Yinoelle, and Wicha are still caring for their ailing Mami and Papi just outside of San Juan, Puerto Rico. As tensions rise in the family home, storms rage, secrets emerge, and someone’s got to check on Papi’s fluids. In this hilarious and biting drama, playwright Ricardo Peréz Gonzáles explores the bonds of familial obligation and asks: how do we carry the trauma our parents pass down?
Anna Moench is a playwright and screenwriter. Her awards include fellowships from the New York Foundation of the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and the Van Lier Foundation, the Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center, Boulder Ensemble Theater Company’s 2017 Generations Award, and East West Players' 2042: See Change Award. Anna is an alumna of the Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater, Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theatre, and The Jam at New Georges.
MAN OF GOD: A hidden discovery in a hotel bathroom changes the lives of four Korean-American Christian girls on a mission trip to Thailand. Their communal rage and disillusionment fuel increasingly violent revenge fantasies amidst the no-holds-barred neon bubblegum sex-tourism mecca of Bangkok. MAN OF GOD is a funny feminist thriller about that moment when girls realize the male gaze has been watching all along—and decide they’re definitely gonna do something about it.
MJ Kaufman is a playwright and television writer. Recent productions include Masculinity Max in the Public Theater Studio program, Sensitive Guys at InterAct Theater and Walrus in the Body of a Crocodile at Clubbed Thumb as well as development at New York Theater Workshop, New Georges, Page73, Yale School of Drama, The Lark and Huntington Theater. MJ has been part of the WP Theater Lab, the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, the New Museum’s X-ID Rep and is currently a resident playwright at New Dramatists.
EAT AND YOU BELONG TO US: Grands, the grandparent of the family, returns from their gender-affirmative surgery speaking French and talking of fires. Their genderqueer grandchild, Jaime—obsessed with Joan of Arc—mysteriously vanishes the same week. On the battlefields of medieval France and the family dinner table, Eat and You Belong to Us explores contemporary queerness, gender identity, and how we become who we are meant to be. In this fantastical comedy, the family must learn what they’re willing to die for, and, more importantly, what they’re willing to live for.
Mfonso Udofia, a first-generation Nigerian-American storyteller and educator, attended Wellesley College and obtained her MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater. While at ACT, she co-pioneered The Nia Project, which provided artistic outlets for youth residing in Bayview/Hunters Point. Productions of her plays Sojourners, runboyrun, and Her Portmanteau have been seen at New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Realm, Magic Theatre, National Black Theatre, Strand Theater Company, and Boston Court. She’s the recipient of the 2017 Helen Merrill Playwright Award, the 2017-18 McKnight National Residency and Commission at The Playwrights’ Center, and is a member of New Dramatists.
ADIA AND CLORA SNATCH JOY: In the wake of her mother’s death, Adiaha Ufot travels to Wilmington, NC in search of the man who knew her mother last. Instead of Azell, Adia finds Clora—and a house that looks strangely familiar. Together, Adia and Clora reconcile their pasts and imagine new ways forward.