(Here’s a play we’re following with interest at Stage Voices—visit http://lamama.org/ for further information.)
Written by Matthew Paul Olmos / Directed by Meiyin Wang
In 2012, Sam Shepard was awarded the Ellen Stewart Award to honor his work as a playwright who has consistently challenged conventional theatrical boundaries. As part of the award, Mr. Shepard chose Matthew Paul Olmos to create a new work to be produced at La MaMa.
Olmos’ play, so go the ghosts of méxico, is inspired by the true story of Marisol Valles Garcia, “the bravest woman in Mexico,” the play follows a young woman who volunteers to replace a beheaded police chief and sets off a chain reaction in her husband, the Narcos, and perhaps the entire country of Mexico. This is the first in his three-play cycle dealing with the U.S./Mexico drug wars.
Matthew Paul Olmos is a 2013 Sundance Institute UCROSS Playwright, 2012 Princess Grace Fellow in Playwriting, 2012-13 New York Theatre Workshop fellow; two-time Resident Artist at Mabou Mines/Suite.
Meiyin Wang, Born and raised in Singapore, Meiyin served as resident playwright and director with Singapore Repertory Theatre before coming to New York. As a theater-maker she has directed at venues including American Repertory Theater, Berkeley Rep, Singapore Repertory Theater, HERE, Brava, and Joe’s Pub.
so go the ghosts of méxico is supported in part by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, The John Golden Fund, Axe-Houghton Foundation.
“Olmos’ writing is both hallucinatory and brutal.”-Rogelio Martinez, playwright