The Guilt Mongers or Los Traficantes de Culpa (for those not willing to submit to the Anglicization of our people)

Bruno Santiago is estranged from his family. They never accepted his unapologetic Queerness. But when his mother is admitted to a Bronx hospice, he rushes to her bedside with his partner of 10 years… and their new 23-year-old Mexican boyfriend. His disapproving Boricua family is outraged by Bruno’s flaunting of an amoral three-way relationship. Bruno defends his relationship and confronts a half-uncle stirring...
Bruno Santiago is estranged from his family. They never accepted his unapologetic Queerness. But when his mother is admitted to a Bronx hospice, he rushes to her bedside with his partner of 10 years… and their new 23-year-old Mexican boyfriend. His disapproving Boricua family is outraged by Bruno’s flaunting of an amoral three-way relationship. Bruno defends his relationship and confronts a half-uncle stirring up unsettled feelings from his past. Fights, tears, and heartbreak abound while a hospice nurse juggles to deal with the family drama and the matriarch’s spirit using her as a sounding board for life-long resentments.
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The Guilt Mongers or Los Traficantes de Culpa (for those not willing to submit to the Anglicization of our people)

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  • Nick Malakhow:
    1 Jul. 2019
    The deathbead genre is reinvigorated in this funny, highly theatrical, exciting, and intersectionally unique play. This large and baggage-filled family is full of miraculously dimensional and developed characters. It's so amazing how Christopher packs revelations and nuance/character shading into a briskly moving evening of theater. I was moved to both laugh out loud and tear up as I read. Discussions about colorism, assimilation, living your truth, and losing your home culture were integral to the story, so thoroughly realized, and hit close to home. I hope to see this piece developed and produced soon!
  • Unicorn Theatre:
    28 Mar. 2019
    This play was a FINALIST for the 2019-2020 In-Progress New Play Reading Series at Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. It is our pleasure to support THE GUILT MONGERS OR LOS TRAFICANTES DE CULPA (FOR THOSE NOT WILLING TO SUBMIT TO THE ANGLICIZATION OF OUR PEOPLE).
  • David Hansen:
    18 Apr. 2018
    "You are on some self-loathing shit," comments a nurse, which could be said about almost any one of the family members in this outstanding deathbed drama. They bounce off each other like satellites, their pain played out in the open, bitterness graced with tremendous humor, with love and the need for acceptance and forgiveness riding just beneath the surface.

    When the moment arrives, the release can't be called happiness, and even relief doesn't sound right. But it is a familiar feeling and through his words and characters Christopher communicates this experience of exhalation with rightness and compassion.

Development History

  • Reading
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    Repertorio Español
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    2017
  • Reading
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    INTAR Theatre
    ,
    2016

Awards

Finalist
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The 2019-2020 In-Progress New Play Reading Series
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2019
Finalist
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National Playwrights Conference
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The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
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2019
Winner
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MetLife Nuestras Voces' National Latino Playwriting Competition
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Repertorio Español
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2017