Even Flowers Bloom in Hell, Sometimes

“Developed in The Lark's Playwrights' Week, New York City."

An examination of the inmates within a system trying to discover meaning in the face of isolation and doubt in one's own worth over a 25 year bid. The play explores familial ties, love, race, inmate-correctional officer relations, the passing of time, and the succeeding generation of individuals who deal with the...
“Developed in The Lark's Playwrights' Week, New York City."

An examination of the inmates within a system trying to discover meaning in the face of isolation and doubt in one's own worth over a 25 year bid. The play explores familial ties, love, race, inmate-correctional officer relations, the passing of time, and the succeeding generation of individuals who deal with the challenges of trying to avoid a life of crime or resigning oneself to becoming a part of the system that swept up previous generations.
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Even Flowers Bloom in Hell, Sometimes

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  • Emma Goldman-Sherman:
    8 Apr. 2020
    Beautiful work! I love how Gonzalez uses the theatre itself as the art that lifts the inmates up and gives them hope. I love the way it ends. We have the sadness of a "real" ending and the dream of the way things could be and we have a surprise too. Everything blooms.
  • Christin Eve Cato:
    1 Apr. 2020
    I experienced this play during the Austin Latino New Play Festival of 2019 and was immediately transported into a world that is timeless, raw, and true. The structure of this play is absolutely unique, like a soundtrack. The musicality is undeniable, with a rhythm that flows from beat to beat. I was personally invested because Gonzalez highlights what many of us (people of color) experience living in this country - the continuous battle against a racially biased system that was created to economically, and humanitarianly, keep us down.
  • Maximillian Gill:
    24 Mar. 2020
    This play simply overflows with riches. So much is packed in here about institutional racism, generational misery, history, the power of art, and many other topics we all need to think about. But more than anything, this play is deeply human. Gonzalez renders his characters realistically but with a sensitivity that made me gasp at times. It is unfailingly heart-breaking and true, urgent and poetic, both fatalistic and redemptive. This writer's talents continue to astonish me.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Stages Repertory Theatre
    ,
    2020
  • Workshop
    ,
    Illinois State University School of Theatre and Dance
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
    ,
    Teatro Vivo
    ,
    2019
  • Workshop
    ,
    LAByrinth Theater Company
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    Repertorio Español
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    Great Plains Theatre Conference
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    The Lark
    ,
    2018
  • Reading
    ,
    The Aviary
    ,
    2017

Awards

Selection
,
Foundry Project
,
Ojai Playwrights Conference
,
2020
Winner
,
The Crossroads Project: Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative Award
,
Illinois State University
,
2020
Selection
,
Sin Muros Latinx Theatre Festival
,
Stages Repertory Theatre
,
2020
Finalist
,
Stage Play Competition
,
ScreenCraft
,
2019
Finalist
,
NAPSeries
,
Normal Ave
,
2019
Selection
,
Austin Latino New Play Festival
,
Teatro Vivo
,
2019
Finalist
,
Ashland New Play Festival
,
2019
Selection
,
Script Competition Second Rounder
,
Austin Film Festival
,
2019
Selection
,
Great Plains Theatre Conference
,
Metropolitan Community College
,
2018
Winner
,
MetLife Nuestras Voces Playwriting Competition
,
Repertorio Español
,
2018
Honorable Mention
,
87th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition
,
Writers Digest
,
2018
Selection
,
Playwrights' Week
,
The Lark
,
2018
Finalist
,
Dennis & Victoria Ross Foundation Playwrights Program
,
Dennis & Victoria Ross Foundation (DVRF)
,
2018