Augusto Amador

Augusto Amador

Augusto was born and raised in the Silicon Valley and is the son of a Peruvian father music composer and Austrian mother culinary chef. Recently, Mr. Amador was named as recipient of the prestigious 2019 Humanitas Prize New Voices Award in television writing. In addition, his play, Atacama, was recently named by Steppenwolf Theatre, in their list of notable new plays and his play, The Quiet Zone, placed 3rd by...
Augusto was born and raised in the Silicon Valley and is the son of a Peruvian father music composer and Austrian mother culinary chef. Recently, Mr. Amador was named as recipient of the prestigious 2019 Humanitas Prize New Voices Award in television writing. In addition, his play, Atacama, was recently named by Steppenwolf Theatre, in their list of notable new plays and his play, The Quiet Zone, placed 3rd by Playwrights First 2019 Best New Play. His plays have been finalists for the Princess Grace Fellowship, Terrence McNally Award, BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition, runner-up for the National Latino Playwriting Award from the Arizona Theater Company, listed on 50 Playwrights Project of Best Unproduced Latino Plays, Howlround’s, “101 Plays by The New Americans, or on Latinidad”
, four-time semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Conference and many more. His play, The Book of Leonidas, won best play at the Downtown Urban Arts Festival in NYC. His fellowships include: Public Theater in NYC, The Humanitas Prize in Los Angeles, Latino Theater Alliance/L.A. and Lincoln City Fellowship in NYC. Mr. Amador’s plays have been produced across the country including the Public Theater NYC, Cherry Lane Theatre NYC, Firehouse Theater in VA, Wild Project NYC, Lark Developmental Theatre, San Diego Rep, Arkansas Rep Theatre, Next Iteration Theater in Houston,, Blank Theatre L.A. The Road Theater L.A., Los Angeles Theater Center, NC Black Repertory Theater, Wake Forrest Univ., A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, Skylight Theater in L.A., Austin Latino New Play Festival and others. His screenplay, RatCatcher, finished on the TOP 50 Nicholl Fellowship Screenplays. Upcoming in 2019/20: Atacama, is receiving a full production at the Full Circle Theatre in St. Paul, MN. Kissing Che selection for a staged reading at The Kennedy Center, full production at Gablestage in Miami. The Quiet Zone has been selected by the Stella Adler Studio NYC for staged reading and The Book of Leonidas is receiving a staged reading at North Carolina Black Repertory. His play, Atacama, is being published by Teatro sin Paredes, an anthology of plays by five North American playwrights entitled, Teatro de las tres Américas.


Plays

  • The Quiet Zone
    THE QUIET ZONE
    A middle-aged woman, Krista, has found relief from her mental illness and sanctuary from her turbulent past residing in a remote Appalachian town and engrossing herself in her garden. But when her estranged daughter, Becky, suddenly arrives, Krista becomes increasingly paralyzed by her presence; as Becky’s hidden motive for her arrival reveals that Krista can no longer evade the...
    THE QUIET ZONE
    A middle-aged woman, Krista, has found relief from her mental illness and sanctuary from her turbulent past residing in a remote Appalachian town and engrossing herself in her garden. But when her estranged daughter, Becky, suddenly arrives, Krista becomes increasingly paralyzed by her presence; as Becky’s hidden motive for her arrival reveals that Krista can no longer evade the consequences of being an absent mother. A story about lost and rediscovered motherhood.
  • Atacama
    Thirty years after the dirty war waged by the General Pinochet regime on the Chilean people. Two strangers search the Atacama Desert for their buried loved ones and discover there are darker truths awaiting them underneath the hard sands of the Atacama. Atacama is the final play in Augusto's Latin-American Dictator Trilogy Series.

  • The Book of Leonidas
    Lenny is a Dominican-American hustler selling loosies on the same street corner in Queens that his father, Leonidas, used to rule over as legendary crime lord in the '70's. From his loosie profits he supports and lives with his repressive mother who derides him for not living up to Leonidas' criminal legacy. Lenny finds an escape while working on his graphic novels until he stumbles into love...
    Lenny is a Dominican-American hustler selling loosies on the same street corner in Queens that his father, Leonidas, used to rule over as legendary crime lord in the '70's. From his loosie profits he supports and lives with his repressive mother who derides him for not living up to Leonidas' criminal legacy. Lenny finds an escape while working on his graphic novels until he stumbles into love with a pretty white girl, Lindsey. As their relationship deepens, the pressure of who he wants to be and who he was meant to be, careen into a final conclusion. The Book of Leonidas is the second play is Augusto's Latin-American Dictator Trilogy of plays.

    The Book of Leonidas was developed through the Los Angeles Latino Theater Alliance L.A.
  • Kissing Che
    Miami, Florida, 1984. Four years after the Mariel Boatlift, a man named Reina is dying in a nursing home claiming to have been Cuba’s last famous drag queen and to had a passionate love affair with the Cuba's revolutionary icon, Che Guevara. Tamika, an African-American nurse, strikes up a friendship with him. United by untold pasts, shared confessions change their lives forever against the background of...
    Miami, Florida, 1984. Four years after the Mariel Boatlift, a man named Reina is dying in a nursing home claiming to have been Cuba’s last famous drag queen and to had a passionate love affair with the Cuba's revolutionary icon, Che Guevara. Tamika, an African-American nurse, strikes up a friendship with him. United by untold pasts, shared confessions change their lives forever against the background of Cuba in the late 60’s and 70’s, when Castro regime begins it’s systematic and brutal persecution of homosexuals.

    Kissing Che is the first play in his Latin-American Dictator Trilogy series.
  • Solterona
    An unmarried daughter in her late 30's struggles to find a semblance of her own life while caring for her repressive mother.
  • Fresno
    Haunted by his childhood UFO abduction; a long estranged son, Ernie, returns home to his dying repressive father, The Old Vato, and dangerous half-brother Paco, to learn the truth about the mysterious disappearance of his beloved half-brother Angel. A Chicano tragedy inspired by the classic Greek tragedies.
  • The Sunset Room
    Prison inmate, Victor Robles, begins to rediscover his humanity working as a caretaker in his prison’s hospice. But he soon realizes that penitence is merely one small step on the hard road to forgiveness.

    *To be written and developed from a generous grant from the Speranza Foundation.