Tony Meneses

Tony Meneses

Tony Meneses was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Albuquerque and Dallas. His plays include Guadalupe in the Guest Room, The Women of Padilla, twenty50, The Hombres, and El Borracho. He is an alumnus of the Soho Rep. Writer/Director Lab, Ars Nova Play Group, Sundance Institute Playwrights Retreat at Ucross Foundation, The Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship, and Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood,...
Tony Meneses was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Albuquerque and Dallas. His plays include Guadalupe in the Guest Room, The Women of Padilla, twenty50, The Hombres, and El Borracho. He is an alumnus of the Soho Rep. Writer/Director Lab, Ars Nova Play Group, Sundance Institute Playwrights Retreat at Ucross Foundation, The Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship, and Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, and his work has been previously developed at the Lark Play Development Center Playwrights’ Week, Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s The Ground Floor, Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company’s Colorado New Play Summit, The Old Globe’s Powers New Voices Festival, The Arkansas New Play Festival, and South Coast Repertory’s Pacific Playwrights Festival and New SCRipt Series. He is a two-time recipient of The Kennedy Center Latinx Playwriting Award, is published by Dramatists Play Service and Theatrical Rights Worldwide, and has been previously commissioned by Denver Center, Two River Theater, and The Juilliard School. He is currently under commission from The Old Globe and South Coast Rep. Education: The University of Texas at Austin, Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard.

Plays

  • Guadalupe in the Guest Room
    Guadalupe is living in the guest room of her son-in-law, Steve, while she works to translate from English to Spanish the children’s books her deceased daughter has written. Overcome with grief and separated by a language barrier, the unlikely housemates struggle to communicate. As they begin watching the same television show, the two bond in the most unexpected of ways, leading Guadalupe and Steve to learn that...
    Guadalupe is living in the guest room of her son-in-law, Steve, while she works to translate from English to Spanish the children’s books her deceased daughter has written. Overcome with grief and separated by a language barrier, the unlikely housemates struggle to communicate. As they begin watching the same television show, the two bond in the most unexpected of ways, leading Guadalupe and Steve to learn that understanding doesn’t always require speaking the same language. "Guadalupe in the Guest Room" is a funny and heartfelt celebration of new beginnings, breaking barriers, and the healing power of telenovelas
  • The Hombres
    A look at the intimacy of male relationships told through the point of view of Machismo culture, The Hombres follows Julián, a gay Latino yoga teacher, as he clashes with the Latino construction workers working outside his studio, particularly the older head of the crew, Héctor, who seeks from Julián something he never expected.
  • twenty50
    Andres Salazar is running for office. By this time, Latinx people have been assimilated into the (white) majority of the United States, but race issues are far from resolved. In this tricky political environment, Andres must decide whether identifying himself as a Mexican-American will help or hinder him on Election Day, and whether losing some of his own identity is worth the potential benefits. When a...
    Andres Salazar is running for office. By this time, Latinx people have been assimilated into the (white) majority of the United States, but race issues are far from resolved. In this tricky political environment, Andres must decide whether identifying himself as a Mexican-American will help or hinder him on Election Day, and whether losing some of his own identity is worth the potential benefits. When a mysterious stranger appears at Andres's house, his family rallies around him to save his imperiled campaign.
  • El Borracho
    Raul is sick. Raul has not been taking care of himself. Raul drinks because he always drinks. In his final months, he’s forced to move in with his ex-wife Alma who now has to care for the man she thought she’d never have to see again.
  • A Thousand Maids
    In every artistic context, the imagery of a woman of color in a maid’s uniform will immediately spark controversy. A Thousand Maids looks at this legacy, from how women are still asked to wear the uniform now, to those who had to before, like Lupe Ontiveros and Butterfly McQueen.
  • The Women of Padilla
    Through the power of food, faith, laughter and each other, eight sisters-in-law find a way to carry on life at home while their husbands are away at war. Inspired by the heightened lyricism of the playwright and poet Federico García Lorca and classical Greek Tragedy, this new play shows us there is always a way—even through the hardest of times—to set our love free.
  • Between Here and the City of Mexico
    It’s 1968, and as a wave of student protest washes over Mexico City, a girl journeys into the ever-shifting capital to find a path to call her own. A beguiling, sweeping ode to a city flush with the promise of revolution, and to the times in life when everything seems possible.