Fabulous Monsters

*Featured in Steppenwolf's "The Mix"
When punk rock exploded in L.A., Sally and Lou were there: feminists, Latinas, queens of noise. One went pop, one stayed punk, but sparks from their tumultuous friendship remain. Decades later, can they overcome old wounds, forgive each other, and rock as hard as they ever did?

A new work from this South Coast Repertory teaching artist,...
*Featured in Steppenwolf's "The Mix"
When punk rock exploded in L.A., Sally and Lou were there: feminists, Latinas, queens of noise. One went pop, one stayed punk, but sparks from their tumultuous friendship remain. Decades later, can they overcome old wounds, forgive each other, and rock as hard as they ever did?

A new work from this South Coast Repertory teaching artist, developed in Latino Theatre Alliance/LA's Playwrights Nest Festival.
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Fabulous Monsters

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  • MonologueBank.org:
    20 Aug. 2019
    MonologueBank is proud to recommend the writing of Diana Burbano and very pleased to offer cuttings from it on our website. In FABULOUS MONSTERS, there are multiple monologues that speak to the punk lifestyle, and the rockers who did or didn't survive it. Character Slade, a rocker who survived, shares many insights about the people she knew to her AA Group. She speaks for the people who lived hard and fast, and now are struggling to survive since they're old, poor, and dying. With humor and grit, Burbano deftly shows the cost of living each day like it's your last.
  • Lainie Vansant:
    14 Aug. 2019
    A whirlwind of times and loves and drugs and punk rock, this play is a trip that is definitely worth taking. Somehow Burbano made me love her characters in spite of the terrible things in the name of punk rock. They are deep and specific roles that Latinx women and non-binary folx will be thrilled to sink their teeth into.
  • Ellen Koivisto:
    28 Dec. 2018
    Fabulous Monsters is everything it should be -- gritty and angry and messed up and drugged up and full of punk music and life. Punk always finds the edge where life and death meet, where it cuts and the people there bleed. So, too, this play about punks from the early LA scene and how they live (and die) now. Punk is brave and fearless, just like the characters in this play. Do yourself a favor -- put on some Black Flag or XTC and read this play.

Character Information

  • Sally
    16-26,
    Latinx, Latina, Mexican, Chicana, Chicano
    Punk rock girl. Androgynous. Would be great if she could shred the guitar.
  • Slade
    40-50,
    Latinx, Latina, Chicana, Chicano, Mexican
    Sally, older. Still angry. Still punk. Joan Jett type. Great if she can shred a guitar.
  • Lulu
    16-26
    Very pretty. Ambitious. feminist.
  • Luisa
    40s-50s
    Lulu, older. A rock icon. Steely, icy. Lovely. Linda Ronstadt type.
  • Nigel
    Ageless,
    Fluid
    Ageless. British or pretends to be. Punk rock royalty at least in his own mind. Dying of liver cancer. Can be cast from Bowie to Prince and everything in between.
  • Kady
    Teen,
    Mixed race
    Luisa’s pretty, complicated and ambitious teen age daughter. Can double Lulu.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Barefoot Theatre Company/ bareNaked Reading series
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Festival51
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Fullerton College Playwrights Festival
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    Playwrights Nest at Los Angeles Theatre Center
    ,
    2015
  • Workshop
    ,
    Chapman College Oc-Centric Playwrights Festival
    ,
    2015

Awards

Finalist
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Festival51 Woman's Playwrighting Competition
,
Festival51
,
2016