Fabulous Monsters

*Kilroys' List 2020* *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, they try overcome old wounds, forgive each other, and rock as hard as they ever did.

A new work from this South Coast...
*Kilroys' List 2020* *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, they try 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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  • The Workshop Theater:
    11 Jan. 2021
    The Workshop Theater is pleased to recognize Diana Burbano as a playwright selected out of a competitive pool of applicants for our Fall 2020 Writer’s Intensive. The Writer’s Intensive is an eight-week long, playwright-driven process geared towards revising an existing play. Fabulous Monsters is a visceral exploration of the overlooked legacy of Latinas in punk rock; the play moves in bursts of energy as the scenes take on the form of punk music, while giving space to women who thrived in a male-dominated world and are now questioning their part in that movement. Our congratulations and thanks to Diana.
  • Pauline David-Sax:
    12 Nov. 2020
    I had the pleasure of seeing a reading of this play as part of Occupy the Stage 2020 (Women's Theatre Festival). The play crackles with energy and is a moving meditation on feminism, friendship, ambition and aging. I'd love to see a full production!
  • Emma Goldman-Sherman:
    24 Sep. 2020
    Such an exciting and fabulous female-forward feminist fun play with the best characters ever! I love them! I want to see this play live onstage. I am a Fabulous Monsters Groupie! The love and the hurting is given such theatrical treatment by Burbano with wonderfully dramatic roles and language for actors to wrap their tongues around!

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,
    Gender-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
    ,
    Festival51
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
    ,
    Barefoot Theatre Company/ bareNaked Reading series
    ,
    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

Bret Adams & Paul Reisch Foundation Covid-19 Grant
,
2020
Finalist
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Festival51 Woman's Playwrighting Competition
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Festival51
,
2016