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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  • Stephanie Alison Walker:
    14 Mar. 2020
    A sexy, feminist, punk rock play about love that hurts, self-worth and artistic integrity filled with complex characters. I leaned in from the start and would love to see this story come to life with the music screaming from the stage. I kind of felt like Burbano shot this story into our veins because I felt it in my blood. "You love having your heart broken" is a line I'll be thinking about for a long time.
  • Ariana Burns:
    15 Jan. 2020
    A raw, punk story with riot grrrl shout-outs thrown-in about the messiness of life told with a surety the characters struggle for. And the music rocks!
  • MonologueBank.org:
    20 Aug. 2019
    MonologueBank is proud to recommend the writing of Diana Burbano. 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.

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
    ,
    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

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