Guadalís Del Carmen

Guadalís Del Carmen

Currently based in NYC, Guadalís Del Carmen was born and raised in Chicago. Her first play, Blowout, was produced by Aguijón Theater in 2013. In 2014, she was one of eight early career playwrights to be chosen to form El Semillero, a playwright writing group curated by ALTA (Alliance of Latino Theater Artists) in residency at Victory Gardens Theater. My Father’s Keeper was developed through El Semillero and...
Currently based in NYC, Guadalís Del Carmen was born and raised in Chicago. Her first play, Blowout, was produced by Aguijón Theater in 2013. In 2014, she was one of eight early career playwrights to be chosen to form El Semillero, a playwright writing group curated by ALTA (Alliance of Latino Theater Artists) in residency at Victory Gardens Theater. My Father’s Keeper was developed through El Semillero and had a public staged reading in June 2015 and was a semi-finalist in Quick Silver Theater Company’s 2018 Playwrights of Color Summit. My Father’s Keeper went on to be selected in Latinx Theater Commons Carnaval 2018, which took place in Chicago. It was also selected as Steppenwolf Theater’s The Mix, a new play resource highlighting plays that feature casts of diverse social identities.
Her play Bees and Honey was part of The Sol Project’s SolFest 2018 in NYC and part of San Diego Rep’s Latinx New Play Festival which was produced by Amigos del Rep in the summer 2018.
Guadalís’ play, Tolstoy’s Daughters, was part of UrbanTheater Company’s 2015 R.A.W. (Real Aggressive Writing) Series. Tolstoy’s Daughters went on to be selected as a finalist in Quick Silver Theater’s Playwrights of Color Summit which culminated in a public staged reading in Geneva, NY in June 2016. In 2017, Tolstoy’s Daughters would go on to be selected as one of 50 Playwrights Projects Best Unproduced Latino/a Plays and received an Honorable Mention in the Kilroys List, and is the 2018-2019 winner of Montclair State University’s New Works Initiative. It will be produced at Montclair in the Spring of 2019 under the new title Daughters of the Rebellion.
Her play A Shero’s Journey or What Anacaona and Yemayá Taught Me was selected to be part of The Parsnip Ship’s 4th Season of podcast plays, and will published by Yale Magazine in late winter 2019.
Created through The Brooklyn Generator’s fifth season, A Shero’s Journey… was a semi-finalist in The Playwrights Realm’s 2017-2018 Writing Fellowship.
Guadalís’s first commissioned play, Not For Sale, was produced by UrbanTheater Company Chicago in conjunction with CLATA’s (Chicago Latino Theater Alliance) Destinos Festival 2018 and was Jeff Recommended by the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee.
Guadalís has been part of the One Minute Play Festival in Chicago and multiple times in NYC and is a Seattle Public Theatre’s 2017 Emerald Prize nominee. She’s an artistic associate of Black Lives Black Words, through which she has written two of her ten minute plays, Blue Wall of Silence and Racial Science. Her two minute piece, The Room Where It Happens was part of CastandLoose Live! Not So Buenos Aires at Joe’s Pub. Guadalís is currently Co-Creator of NYC Latinx Playwright Circle.

Plays

  • Not For Sale
    With the Puerto Rican Festival months away, Humboldt Park prepares for the big event. With new neighbors looking to make changes, those that have lived in the community have to work together to either brace for change or let go of the legacies laid out by those that are long gone. A story about community, family, and politics, the question persists, who gets to lay claims to a neighborhood?
  • Bees and Honey
    Meeting young, at pivotal moments in their lives, Manuel and Johaira fell in love and got married. Although both were raised in the “hood,” each had different perspectives on how their experiences affected their choices. Johaira, a smart young lawyer, has always been an independent spirit that gets things done. Manuel, is an entrepreneur on the rise with a mechanic shop that is on the cusp of expansion. Both...
    Meeting young, at pivotal moments in their lives, Manuel and Johaira fell in love and got married. Although both were raised in the “hood,” each had different perspectives on how their experiences affected their choices. Johaira, a smart young lawyer, has always been an independent spirit that gets things done. Manuel, is an entrepreneur on the rise with a mechanic shop that is on the cusp of expansion. Both have ambitions and dreams that they hope to achieve together. Johaira lands a career defining case that rocks her confidence and has her questioning her husband’s will to adopt a more feminist way of thinking. But when Manuel’s mother falls ill, he has little choice but to care for her, adding more tension to things at home. When tragedy strikes, their love for each other is tested.
  • A Shero's Journey or What Anacaona and Yemayá Taught Me...
    Zoila has had her entire life planned and laid out for her by her family and society. She finds herself at a crossroads when she falls in love with a friend from the past. When tragedy hits, she decides to risk it all. Leaving everything behind, she meets two unlikely sheroes and together they embark on a journey that makes Zoila question everything she was taught.
  • Daughters of the Rebellion (formerly titled Tolstoy's Daughters)
    Even though Katya and Fanya are sisters raised in the same rich and aristocratic home, their experiences are worlds apart. With their country on the cusp of a revolution, the sisters take separate paths to fight for their country’s future. Having the odds against them, both make drastic choices that will forever change their relationship. With one sister sacrificing her life and the other sacrificing her...
    Even though Katya and Fanya are sisters raised in the same rich and aristocratic home, their experiences are worlds apart. With their country on the cusp of a revolution, the sisters take separate paths to fight for their country’s future. Having the odds against them, both make drastic choices that will forever change their relationship. With one sister sacrificing her life and the other sacrificing her livelihood, the fate of their beloved country ultimately lays in their hands.
  • My Father's Keeper
    Tirsio Armando Gonzalez and his wife Juana are the pillars of their community, in Dominican Republic and in their new home in Chicago. But Tirsio’s sudden death causes family secrets to come to light. Dealing with the their father’s truth and double life, Mondo and Sofía must learn to lean on each other like never before while...
    Tirsio Armando Gonzalez and his wife Juana are the pillars of their community, in Dominican Republic and in their new home in Chicago. But Tirsio’s sudden death causes family secrets to come to light. Dealing with the their father’s truth and double life, Mondo and Sofía must learn to lean on each other like never before while figuring out how to best honor their father. The Gonzalez family must define what secrets are worth keeping and which ones aren’t worth the trouble.
  • Blowout
    Blowout follows a period of several days in the life of the staff –o mejor dicho, la familia – at Gloria’s Jair an Maykop, a beauty salon in the gentrifying Chicago neighborhood of West Town. This telenovela style play explores themes of entrepreneurship, chosen families, how neighbors and cultures are created and transformed, steadfast love and support in the face of a rapidly changing world.
  • Sucking On Cucumbers
    Four women walk into a sex addicts meeting...
  • Racial Science
    How scientific and quantifiable is race? Does everyone fit neatly in one box? Two scientists try to achieve the impossible and debate where the racially ambiguous fit.
  • Blue Wall of Silence
    Blue Wall of Silence tackles the question, can you be black while blue?