Carlos Murillo

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Carlos Murillo is an American playwright, director, and educator.[1] Based in Chicago, Murillo is an internationally produced and award winning playwright of Puerto Rican and Colombian descent. [1] He is best known for his play Dark Play or Stories for Boys which premiered at the Actors Theatre of Louisville at the Humana Festival and has also been performed throughout the US, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Lithuania. [1] His body of work has been produced across the United States and Europe.[1] He is currently the Head of Playwriting at the Theater School at DePaul University.[2]

Career[edit]

From 1993 to 1995, Carlos served as the Associate Literary Manager at The Public Theater in New York. [3] After, he worked as a Jerome Fellow at The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota and as an Adjunct Professor at Barat College in Lake Forest, Illinois, teaching courses in directing and acting. [3] Since 2007, Murillo has been a resident playwright at the New Dramatists and a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists since 2010. [4]

The Javier Plays, a trilogy of works, published in spring of 2016 by 53rd State Press was called by American Theatre Magazine "an absolutely extraordinary achievement from a writer at the height of his powers." [5]

Murillo heads the BFA Playwriting Program at the Theatre School of DePaul University, a position he was appointed to in 2010. [3] He joined the Theater School at DePaul in the fall of 2002 as the Visiting Multicultural Assistant Professor. Recently, he was a guest artist at The Kennedy Center Summer Playwriting Intensive, the University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Arizona State University and currently serves as the Master Playwriting teacher for the Miami Dade County Playwriting Fellowship program. [2]

Awards and Recognition[edit]

He is a recipient of a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award for his work in theater. [6] He also received a 2016 Mellon Foundation Playwright Residency at Adventure Stage in Chicago. [1] He also received the Ofner Prize from The Goodman, the Otis Guernsey Award from the William Inge Theatre Festival, and two National Latino Playwriting Awards from Arizona Theatre Company. [3]

In 2017, the DePaul University Theater School launched a production of "Augusta and Noble", which follows the story of 14 year old Gabi when she is admitted to a selective high school. [7] The Chicago Sun Times noted that the play was inspired by a community center called the Northwestern Settlement and that Murillo "met with dozens of families involved with the center, asking them to share their own stories" during the writing process for the play. [7]

Personal Life[edit]

Murillo lives in the south side of Chicago with his wife, Lisa Portes, and their two children Eva and Carlitos. [1]

Plays[edit]

In his plays, Murillo often deals with issues facing adolescents, the Latinx experience in America, and the immigrant experience in America. Many of his plays take place on the south side of Chicago and several take place in Los Angeles. Several, including Offspring of the Cold War and Dark Play or Stories for Boys twist reality and include fantastical elements. Often, Murillo grapples with the American Dream and justice in American society.

Full length plays[edit]

I Come From Arizona (2018) [8]

The Javier Plays - Your Name Will Follow You Home, A Thick Description of Harry Smith , & Diagram of a Paper Airplane (2015) [9]

Killing of a Gentleman Defender (2015) [10]

Your Name Will Follow You Home (2015) [11]

Augusta and Noble (2013) [12]

Mayday Mayday Tuesday (2011) [13]

A Thick Description of Harry Smith (2011) [14]

Diagram of a Paper Airplane (2009) [15]

Dark Play or Stories for Boys (2007) [16]

Unfinished American Highwayscape #9 & 32 (2006) [16]

Mimesophobia (or before and after) (2005) [17]

A Human Interest Story or The Gory Details and All (2004) [18]

Offspring of the Cold War (2002) [19]

Schadenfreude (2001) [20]

The Patron Saint of the Nameless Dead (1999) [21]

Near Death Experiences with Leni Riefenstahl (1996) [22]

Never Whistle While You're Pissing (1998) [23]

Subterraneans (1994) [24]

Short plays[edit]

The Dead Parent Club (2013) - 10 Minute Play[25]

Mendacity, or Herd of Elephants in the Room (2012) - 7 Minute Play[26]

Fragment of a Paper Airplane (2009) - 10 Minute Play[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "About". Carlos Murillo: Playwright, Director, Educator. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  2. ^ a b "Carlos Murillo | Theatre Studies | Faculty & Staff | About | The Theatre School | DePaul University, Chicago". theatre.depaul.edu. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  3. ^ a b c d Murillo, Carlos. "Carlos Murillo". Linkedin.
  4. ^ "Carlos Murillo". New Dramatists. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  5. ^ Rothbart, Brad (2016-11-29). "Carlos Murillo's Unreliable, Revelatory 'Javier Plays'". AMERICAN THEATRE. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  6. ^ "Carlos Murillo | New Play Exchange". newplayexchange.org. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  7. ^ a b "New play at DePaul puts immigration in spotlight for young audiences". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  8. ^ "I Come from Arizona". Carlos Murillo: Playwright, Director, Educator. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  9. ^ "The Javier Plays". Carlos Murillo: Playwright, Director, Educator. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  10. ^ "Killing of a Gentleman Defender". Carlos Murillo: Playwright, Director, Educator. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  11. ^ "Your Name Will Follow You Home". Carlos Murillo: Playwright, Director, Educator. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  12. ^ "Augusta and Noble". Carlos Murillo: Playwright, Director, Educator. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  13. ^ "Mayday Mayday Tuesday". Carlos Murillo: Playwright, Director, Educator. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  14. ^ "A Thick Description of Harry Smith". Carlos Murillo: Playwright, Director, Educator. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  15. ^ "Diagram of a Paper Airplane". Carlos Murillo: Playwright, Director, Educator. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  16. ^ a b "Dark Play or Stories For Boys". Carlos Murillo: Playwright, Director, Educator. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  17. ^ "Mimesophobia or Before and After". Carlos Murillo: Playwright, Director, Educator. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  18. ^ "A Human Interest Story". Carlos Murillo: Playwright, Director, Educator. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  19. ^ "Offspring of the Cold War". Carlos Murillo: Playwright, Director, Educator. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  20. ^ "Schadenfreude". Carlos Murillo: Playwright, Director, Educator. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  21. ^ "The Patron Saint of the Nameless Dead". Carlos Murillo: Playwright, Director, Educator. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  22. ^ "Near Death Experiences with Leni Riefenstahl". Carlos Murillo: Playwright, Director, Educator. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  23. ^ "Never Whistle While You're Pissing". Carlos Murillo: Playwright, Director, Educator. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  24. ^ "Subterraneans". Carlos Murillo: Playwright, Director, Educator. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  25. ^ "The Dead Parent Club". Carlos Murillo: Playwright, Director, Educator. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  26. ^ "Mendacity, or Herd of Elephants in the Room". Carlos Murillo: Playwright, Director, Educator. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  27. ^ "Fragment of a Paper Airplane". Carlos Murillo: Playwright, Director, Educator. Retrieved 2018-12-04.

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