Augusto Amador

Augusto Amador

Augusto was born and raised in Silicon Valley and is the son of a music composer, Peruvian
father and culinary chef, Austrian mother. His previous incarnations include: numbers runner for
a bookie, childhood trauma survivor, coffee house proprietor, car salesman, marble setter, and
of course, long suffering waiter. Mr. Amador's background in writing comes as a nationally
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Augusto was born and raised in Silicon Valley and is the son of a music composer, Peruvian
father and culinary chef, Austrian mother. His previous incarnations include: numbers runner for
a bookie, childhood trauma survivor, coffee house proprietor, car salesman, marble setter, and
of course, long suffering waiter. Mr. Amador's background in writing comes as a nationally
produced playwright before his transition into screenwriting with an emphasis on character
driven, diverse dramas with dark comedy.
Mr. Amador is a recipient of the Disney/NBCUniversal/NHMC TV Writers Fellowship as well the
prestigious Humanitas Prize New Voices Award in television writing. His screenplay “Rat
Catcher” finished on the TOP 50 Nicholl Fellowship Screenplays and his plays have been
finalists for the Carlo Annoni International Dramaturgical Prize, the Princess Grace Fellowship,
the Terrence McNally Award, BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition, and runner-up
for the National Latino Playwriting Award from the Arizona Theater Company. His plays have
also been listed on the 50 Playwrights Project of “Best Unproduced Latino Plays”, Howlround’s
“101 Plays by The New Americans or on Latinidad”, and he is a five-time semi-finalist for the
Eugene O’Neill Conference. His play “The Book of Leonidas” won Best Play at the Downtown
Urban Arts Festival in NYC.
His playwriting fellowships include: The 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 at The Public Theater in NYC, The Cherry
Lane Theatre NYC, Queens Theatre NYC, Abingdon Theatre NYC, The Kennedy Center in DC,
Firehouse Theater in VA, Wild Project in NYC, Full Circle Theatre in MN, Lark Developmental
Theatre in NYC, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Next Iteration
Theater in Houston, Wake Forest University, Blank Theatre in Los Angeles, Road Theater in Los
Angeles, Los Angeles Theater Center, North Carolina Black Repertory Theater, Teatro
Paraguas in Santa Fe, Barter Theatre VA, National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, A
Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, Skylight Theater in Los Angeles, Austin Latino New Play
Festival and many others.
Upcoming is the publication of the Spanish translation of ATACAMA by Editorial Teatro Sin
Paredes.
For link to all his plays:
https://newplayexchange.org/users/1791/augusto-amador
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Plays

  • Maria Unmarried
    Maria, an unmarried latina in her 40's, struggles to find a semblance of her own life, while reluctantly having to indulge her grown and emotionally-stunted brothers, her repressive Catholic faith and living with an overbearing and demanding 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.