Love At First Skype

The First Play of my series of “Agua-0-Plays” is Love at First Skype.

Click here to Watch the Play on YouTube

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Love At First Skype

Written By Iraisa Ann Reilly

Featuring Devin Preston as Declan

Iraisa Ann Reilly as Grace

Declan and Grace met on a dating app. Their first date got cancelled as a result of the quarantine. But this whole shelter in place thing is taking a little too long to keep postponing. A Skype first date can be just as good as in person, right?

Agua-0-Plays

I’m making a Youtube Channel- Agua0plays. I made a video explaining what it’s about
Check It out on YouTube Here

Also:

What is Agua-0-Plays?
A series of plays written about the weird stuff happening on zoom, skype, facetime….all of these weird online platforms during the COVID-19 quarantine.

What’s an Agua-0?
Well an aguacero is a big rainstorm. But I’m calling this Agua-0 because I am going to keep creating these until there are zero cases of Coronavirus in the United States. And we can SAFELY come out of quarantine.

How Can You Help?
Each video has a Venmo handle. @agua-0-plays. Donate there and comment with the video you saw. I’ll split the funds between the artists who helped me bring these stories to life. Or just watch, enjoy, and tell your friends. Also- scroll down and check out the list of organizations you should support in this time.

How Can you Contact me about it?
agua0plays@gmail.com
If you want to know more, or if you’re an artist who wants to get involved send me an email.

Organizations Doing the Work Right Now
Here’s a list of organizations out there fighting. They have not asked me to post here, I just have heard about the great things they’re doing. Some of them even helped me out at some point in my life/ career. If you have any suggestions to add to this list please email agua0plays@gmail.com. Donate, Volunteer, or help get the word out by sharing with friends.

For Those In Need Of Food:
Philabundance- https://www.philabundance.org/

Broad Street Ministry- https://www.broadstreetministry.org/

Community Foodbank of NJ- https://cfbnj.org/

Foodbank of New York-https://www.foodbanknyc.org/

Find your local Foodbank- https://www.feedingamerica.org/

Those Fighting Racial Injustice
Black Lives Matter-https://blacklivesmatter.com/

NAACP Legal Defense Fund- https://www.naacpldf.org/

Those Fighting for Immigrants and Unaccompanied Minors
HIAS PA- https://hiaspa.org/

The Young Center-https://www.theyoungcenter.org/

Those fighting to save arts and culture in Philadelphia
Save Philly Arts and Culture- https://notozero.art/

New York University

This fall I began my pursuit of an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this community. Thanks to all who have helped me get to this part of my story.

 

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A Beginner’s Guide To Interpreting Aphasia

Read what they had to say about “Beginner’s Guide” at The Broad Street Review:

Read The Review

Philly’s Solow Fest 2019!

Come help me figure out what this one-woman piece will be with a workshop/ production/ reading/ performance of A Beginner’s Guide to Interpreting Aphasia.

June 17th, 2019 7:30 pm

The Drake Theater 302 S. Hicks Street, Philadelphia, PA

Written and Performed by Iraisa Ann Reilly

Directed By Gabriela Sanchez

Summary:

Meet Sara, a musician who volunteers every week at a local nursing home/physical rehab center. Let her entertain you with a little music therapy as we journey through this “home”. The health care system can be confusing, so Sara will help serve as your interpreter along the way. We’ll hear from nurses, family members, doctors, administrators, and patients, and we’ll try to figure out exactly what everybody is really trying to say.  By the end of this one-woman show, you’ll have the foundation for being a certified aphasia interpreter.

Tickets are Pay What You Can (so..free if that’s what you decide!)

To reserve a seat email iraisaannreilly11@gmail.com.

Page 73 Semifinalist

Honored to be a Page 73 Semifinalist and to be on this list with other amazing playwrights!

I submitted my play, Good Cuban Girls last April and in October it was announced that I was a Semifinalist for the Page 73 Fellowship. To read more about the fellowship and other playwrights on the list, click the link below.

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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