Synopsis of some things I’m working on

One day Old

The true story of Operación Pedro Pan through the lens of a dream. Wendy is the daughter of a Cuban exile and a college freshman away from home for the first time. She loses a necklace that her father gave her- one of the few physical items that her family has since they fled Cuba in the early 1960s. In a dream, she meets Pedro, a seventeen year-old man from 1962 who has fled Cuba through the underground operation that came to be known as Operación Pedro Pan. Together they navigate a spiritual world that transcends the past and present. Pedro searches for his family as Wendy discovers what she was really after all along.*One Day Old was self-produced  by the playwright for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2016

Good Cuban Girls

When Marisol comes home from college for the summer….she has a big secret. She is afraid that telling this secret to the matriarchs of her family will cause their subsequent instantaneous death(s). Better to introduce them to her “cometrapo” boyfriend, Todd, no? Good Cuban Girls examines the first generation struggle to hold onto culture after being raised in an eternal exile.

Ocean Beach 

It’s been a while since Rose’s mother, Esther could remember much. Her disease has caused her to slip into an unresponsive coma, and Rose sits by her side during what will be the final hours of her life. Knowing that her mother can hear her, she decides to read letters which she found while cleaning out her childhood home. The letters were written by Rose’s father, Joseph, in the month’s leading up to their wedding in 1947. As Rose reads the letters, Joseph and Esther appear reliving their love story, and their daughter discovers the life they lived before they were her parents.   Two people who were never going to marry until one day when everything changed. A day that Rose never knew about until her parents decided to tell her through the letters.

One Day Old

In September, Iraisa Ann produced her full length play, One Day Old  for the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. The play was directed by Jose Aviles and featured Alexis Pozonsky, Tyler Elliott, Elias Rivera, Victor Rodriguez, Melissa Sabater, and Maria Aviles-Locke. To read reviews and learn more about One Day Old Click Here.one-day-old-web

One day Old tells the true story of Operacion Pedro Pan through the lens of a dream. Wendy is the daughter of a Cuban exile and a college freshman away from home for the first time. She loses a necklace that her father gave her- one of the few physical items that her family has since they fled Cuba in the early 1960s. In a dream, she meets Pedro, a seventeen year-old man from 1962 who has fled Cuba through the underground operation that came to be known as Operacion Pedro Pan. Together they navigate a spiritual world that transcends the past and present. Pedro searches for his family as Wendy discovers what she was really after all along.

About Operacion Pedro Pan:
From December 1960 until October of 1962, Operacion Pedro Pan brought 14,048 unaccompanied minors to the United States from Cuba. The Cuban government enacted a law called Patria Potestad, which meant that the government owned everything-including control over education and children. At any time the government could have chosen to take control of children and parents feared that they would be taken away to be indoctrinated by the communist government. With the help of the Catholic Welfare Bureau and a priest in Miami named Msgr Brian Walsh, parents began sending their children to the United States unaccompanied, assuming the government would fall within a matter of months. Children were sent to family members in the US, or settled in homes, orphanages, and temporary camps in 30 states. After the failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion, it became evident that families would remain separated. Some were reunited with their parents after a few months, some several years, and some never saw their parents again. Operacion Pedro Pan is currently the largest recorded exodus of unaccompanied minors in the Western Hemisphere.

Fornes Playwriting Workshop

Excited to Announce that I will be a part of the Fornes Playwrighting Workshop in Chicago this summer, along with some talented folks. Here’s the info from the Facebook Page:

FORNÉS PLAYWRITING WORKSHOP

The University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies, in collaboration with the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, the College of Arts and Letters and the Department of Film, Television and Theatre, is proud to announce the writers who have been selected to participate in a one-week playwriting workshop, in the tradition of playwright Maria Irene Fornés, to be held in downtown Chicago, from August 3 to 10, 2016.

Led by playwright Migdalia Cruz, a Fornés protégée, the workshop will culminate in a public reading of selected scenes from workshop students by professional actors in Chicago.

The workshop will be coordinated by playwright Anne García-Romero, Thomas J. and Robert T. Rolfs Assistant Professor, in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre, at the University of Notre Dame.

The 2016 Fornés Playwriting Workshop writers:

Taeyin ChoGlueck

Kristiana Rae Colón

Cusi Cram

Sandra Delgado

Lucas Garcia

Javier Luis Hurtado

Gregory S. Moss

Charlie O’Leary

Ryan Oliveira

Monica Palacios

Iraisa Ann Reilly

Jelisa Jay Robinson

Adriana Sevahn Nichols

Jean Carlo Yunen

ArtC

Catch my interview with Bill Horin on ArtC. Thanks to Roy Steinberg, Cape May Stage, and Bill Horin for having me on the show. I loved talking about One Day Old in the Philly Fringe and my upcoming reading on May 2nd at Cape May Stage On The Flipside. 

ArtC – Ep. 7 – Roy Steinberg & Iraisa Ann Reilly

 

On the Flip Side

It was a great winter taking Arlene Hutton’s Playwrighting Intensive Class at the Barrow Group! The result- a bunch of ten-minute plays that need to be heard out loud. Come to Cape May Stage on May 2nd at 7:30pm for On The Flip Side– a bunch of plays I wrote about passing out while running a marathon, forgetting how to use a record player, getting help from the homeless, dating (or not), Tom Petty, the Clash, and a whole lot more. music pier