Augusto Amador

Augusto Amador

Augusto was born and raised in the Silicon Valley and is the son ofa Peruvian father and Austrian mother. Recently, Mr. Amador was awarded the 2019 Humanitas Prize New Voices in TV writing. His play, Atacama, was named by Steppenwolf Theatre in their list of notable new plays. His plays have been finalists for the Princess Grace Fellowship, Terrence McNally Award, BBC International Radio Playwriting...
Augusto was born and raised in the Silicon Valley and is the son ofa Peruvian father and Austrian mother. Recently, Mr. Amador was awarded the 2019 Humanitas Prize New Voices in TV writing. His play, Atacama, was named by Steppenwolf Theatre in their list of notable new plays. 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 American’s 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, Lark Developmental Theatre, San Diego Rep, Arkansas
Rep Theatre, Next Iteration Theater in Houston, Skylight Theater in L.A., Austin Latino New Play Festival and many more. His screenplay, RatCatcher, finished on the TOP 50 Nicholl Fellowship Screenplays (out
of 7,500) and his play Atacama was selected for the Steppenwolf,Theatre list of notable new plays. Upcoming: His play, Atacama, is receiving a full production at the Full Circle Theatre in St. Paul, MN in July 2019, his play, The Book of Leonidas, is receiving a staged reading at The Road Theatre in L.A. and his play, Kissing Che, is having a staged reading at Wake Forrest Univ. by North Carolina Black Rep, his play, The Quiet Zone has been selected for a staged reading at The
Wild Project in NYC.

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 Cuban revolutionary 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...
    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 Cuban revolutionary 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.

    Kissing Che was developed through the Public Theater in NYC. Kissing Che was a finalist for the Terrence McNally Award and a semi-finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Conference and many others. Kissing Che was presented at the Public Theater Spotlight Series, Blank Theater, Celebration Theater and Skylight Theater and named by Howl Round as one of the top 101 plays about Latinidad. Kissing Che is published in the Proscenium Theater Journal.
  • 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
    “My pops used to tell me this story of how I was born... that when my mama spit me out of her...I was like a cold piece of meat that he held in his hands, until he baptized me in a sink filled with water. And just like that I came to life. A little, purple and red Lazarus raised from the dead.”

    So begins Ernie’s life of struggle: The struggle of a stillborn. At thirty-three, he is a recovering...
    “My pops used to tell me this story of how I was born... that when my mama spit me out of her...I was like a cold piece of meat that he held in his hands, until he baptized me in a sink filled with water. And just like that I came to life. A little, purple and red Lazarus raised from the dead.”

    So begins Ernie’s life of struggle: The struggle of a stillborn. At thirty-three, he is a recovering junkie who
    now has found strength in sobriety and Jesus. It’s been fourteen years since Ernie has been back home or
    spoken to his father, the Old Vato, a tough alcoholic and retired butcher who holds the answer to Ernie’s failures. “You dream like a child who cries. Who cries and don’t know why.”

    Hoping the Old Vato will reveal what he knows; he returns home and runs into his estranged half-brother, Paco, who has come home with his own views of the world.As Paco says,“We about as welcome in this life as a three-legged dog,carnal.”

    Through dreams, Ernie begins to uncover his past or is it all lies?

    As half-brothers and father race towards their destinies so does the full consequence of finding one’s identity.

    So goes the Old Vato,“The butcher cuts because he has to. It’s how he makes his luckas. But who is man’s butcher? And what happens when his flesh is cut? What happens when he sees the color of his bones?”
  • 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.