Nancy García Loza

Nancy García Loza

Nancy García Loza (she/her) is a self-taught pocha playwright rooted in Chicago, Illinois and Jalisco, México. Her audio drama BRAVA: a folktale con música launched Make-Believe Association’s inaugural season (The New York Times), receiving nominations in six categories at the 2019 ALTA Awards, including: The María Irene Fornés New Play Award and winning in the category of Outstanding Original Music in a Play...
Nancy García Loza (she/her) is a self-taught pocha playwright rooted in Chicago, Illinois and Jalisco, México. Her audio drama BRAVA: a folktale con música launched Make-Believe Association’s inaugural season (The New York Times), receiving nominations in six categories at the 2019 ALTA Awards, including: The María Irene Fornés New Play Award and winning in the category of Outstanding Original Music in a Play for her song "Corrido de la Brava". She is currently under commission from: Goodman Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, and Teatro Leyden. She is a Chicago Dramatists Tutterow Fellow and an Artistic Associate with Pivot Arts and Teatro Vista. She is an alum of the national Fornés Playwriting Workshop. She has enjoyed residencies with: Goodman Playwrights Unit, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Black Swan Lab, SPACE on Ryder Farm Institutional Residency, and more. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants who have lived and labored in Chicagolandia for decades. She is the eldest daughter of seven children, the keeper of stories in her vast family. She writes from instinct and is urgently determined to bring the Midwest Mexicana experience, in all its complexity, rawness, and lyricism to American stages. During the 2020/21 season, she had various productions impacted by the pandemic including those with: Make-Believe Association, Teatro Vista & CLATA Destinos Festival, Albany Park Theater Project, Broken Nose Theatre, and Teatro Leyden.

Plays

  • Rust
    Güera, a young pocha, is trying very hard to be a perfect Mexican daughter. At least when Papi is around and Mami is looking. The hot Chicago summer has her climbing trees, fighting with her brothers, and melting like a paleta under her parents’ discerning rules. Suddenly, Abuelo moves in and Güera wonders if she really has to be perfect at all? Why be perfect when you can be free?
  • Wave
    In 1994, the 14-miles barrier along the U.S./México border at Playas de Tijuana - Border Field State Park is nearing completion. Dahlia and Diego, spend hours on Playas de Tijuana waiting for the tide to change, hoping to reunite with their parents who have migrated north. They wrestle with the ache of separation and the violence around them until one day waiting is not enough and they journey into uncharted...
    In 1994, the 14-miles barrier along the U.S./México border at Playas de Tijuana - Border Field State Park is nearing completion. Dahlia and Diego, spend hours on Playas de Tijuana waiting for the tide to change, hoping to reunite with their parents who have migrated north. They wrestle with the ache of separation and the violence around them until one day waiting is not enough and they journey into uncharted waters. What does hope look like in hopeless circumstances?
  • Los Lakeview '92
    A young Mexican girl chases nickels, quarters, y dimes hopelessly trying to save money for a piano until she places a fateful bet on the Chavez-Camacho championship boxing match.
  • Tocaya
    A lesbian AF summer wedding, a 'ride or die' pocha friendship, a Hollywood house guest. It is August in Chicago, the time of year when pochas crave paletas and the city is melting. Meet Gabi and Sonia, two Mexican American 'carnalas de alma' as they grapple with a wedding, toxicity, and taking leaps. What happens when women strike a match? Which are the vows that last?
  • Brava
    A brave girl's journey through a land of many monsters, a Mexican folktale with music by Nancy García Loza.
    Listen here: https://makebelieve.fm/brava
  • Rascacielos
    Lilia is a force of nature: a Mexican mother. Agustina, Lilia’s daughter, is trying to start her own life on her terms. We jump back and forth in time, traversing forty years of a Chicago family’s history, as we follow Lilia y Agustina in decisive moments that alter their lives and relationship. We examine the moments you can’t take back, what you cannot do over. A play about building, breaking away, and...
    Lilia is a force of nature: a Mexican mother. Agustina, Lilia’s daughter, is trying to start her own life on her terms. We jump back and forth in time, traversing forty years of a Chicago family’s history, as we follow Lilia y Agustina in decisive moments that alter their lives and relationship. We examine the moments you can’t take back, what you cannot do over. A play about building, breaking away, and tearing down that asks: where is home? This story weaves live son jarocho music and zapateado dance as we journey into a world where the Sears Tower winks and a volcano speaks.
  • Macha
    A love letter to Mexican American pocha sisterhood. Macha follows a trio of intragenerational rule-breaking hermanas from the same imperfect family. Julia is in her 30s working hard for everyone but herself, Elena is in her 20s juggling fuckbois and a pre-med program, and Lucy is in high school chasing straight girls all day. The sisters collide one weekend, when a crisis disrupts their sister pact. What...
    A love letter to Mexican American pocha sisterhood. Macha follows a trio of intragenerational rule-breaking hermanas from the same imperfect family. Julia is in her 30s working hard for everyone but herself, Elena is in her 20s juggling fuckbois and a pre-med program, and Lucy is in high school chasing straight girls all day. The sisters collide one weekend, when a crisis disrupts their sister pact. What happens when sisters break promises?
  • Pinky Kisses
    Dahlia is at the beach, waiting for algo. Adriana is at the park, escaping algo. These mexicanas have an unlikely encounter while helicopteres hover and zoom. How do we find connection and wonder in areas constructed to keep us apart? (*formerly titled WAVE)
  • Jets, Sharks, Beckys
    Right now. The waiting area of an audition room, two chairs, and a closed door. Sonia and Isabelle wait to audition for roles in West Side Story, one is grounded and preparing according to her ritual, the other determined to remove any obstacles, including ethical dilemmas. Beyond the door, an ambitious casting associate is just trying to get to the end of the day.