Jaymes Sanchez

Jaymes Sanchez

Jaymes Sanchez is a Texan playwright, actor, director, and educator. Jaymes's plays have been developed with The Lark, Company One, Teatro Vivo, San Diego REP, and Artists' Theatre of Boston. His play THE CUCUY WILL FIND YOU received the 2020 Keene Prize for Literature. Jaymes has been a finalist for the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, SPACE on Ryder Farm, the Latinx Theatre Commons...
Jaymes Sanchez is a Texan playwright, actor, director, and educator. Jaymes's plays have been developed with The Lark, Company One, Teatro Vivo, San Diego REP, and Artists' Theatre of Boston. His play THE CUCUY WILL FIND YOU received the 2020 Keene Prize for Literature. Jaymes has been a finalist for the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, SPACE on Ryder Farm, the Latinx Theatre Commons Carnaval and the Kitchen Dog Theater New Works Festival, as well as a semifinalist for the Princess Grace Award. Jaymes was a 2019 Company One Playlab Fellow and a member of the 2018 Company One PlayLab Unit. He earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Brown University and taught English and Theatre at Milton High School (MA). Jaymes is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin.

Plays

  • The Cucuy Will Find You
    The Cucuy, in Mexican-American folklore, eats bad children. But what does it mean to be a good child? For a seven-year-old in the back of a 1990 Ford Aerostar, it means shutting up every now and then. For a successful 30-something, like REY/REYNA, who has a fraught family history and lives far away from home, the answer is more complicated. When the Cucuy shows up and disrupts Rey's life and the very...
    The Cucuy, in Mexican-American folklore, eats bad children. But what does it mean to be a good child? For a seven-year-old in the back of a 1990 Ford Aerostar, it means shutting up every now and then. For a successful 30-something, like REY/REYNA, who has a fraught family history and lives far away from home, the answer is more complicated. When the Cucuy shows up and disrupts Rey's life and the very fabric of reality, Rey must prove that they are a good child. But even if they succeed, the ordeal might still consume them.
  • S.W.A.T.
    In Los Angeles California, 2002, two conservatory-trained, graduate degree-holding Mexican-American actors prepare to audition for minor roles in the upcoming blockbuster film, S.W.A.T. Alex hopes that earning a role in a big movie will launch his career; Cisco is tired of playing Mexican-American gangsters. They use all of their training, skills, and passion on an audition side that gives them one short line each. But it aint easy.
  • Soda From Water Cups
    Soda From Water Cups is the story of Joe, an introverted, mixed-race young man coping with the death of his older brother, Julio, at the hands of a police officer. He makes attempts at positive emotional recovery, but he also self-destructively desires revenge. Joe’s revenge plot forces the officer to confront his own biases, but has disastrous consequences. Throughout the play, Joe uses his phone as a remote...
    Soda From Water Cups is the story of Joe, an introverted, mixed-race young man coping with the death of his older brother, Julio, at the hands of a police officer. He makes attempts at positive emotional recovery, but he also self-destructively desires revenge. Joe’s revenge plot forces the officer to confront his own biases, but has disastrous consequences. Throughout the play, Joe uses his phone as a remote control to the universe, orchestrating the flow of the story. He brings social media to the stage, plays and replays important moments, and pauses scenes to comment upon the gravity of certain actions. The play explores grief and the damage caused by snap-judgments and it asks whether full recovery from the traumas of urban life is possible in a world where these snap-judgments cause state-sponsored violence.
  • Who Owns What
    Who Owns What is the play about the only game show that brings the fun and excitement of gentrification and displacement directly into the living room you no longer occupy! When Eve discovers that her condo has been put up for auction by the bank without her knowledge, she attempts to find some answers. Suddenly, a game show, complete with sound effects, a live TV studio audience, and an obnoxious host erupts...
    Who Owns What is the play about the only game show that brings the fun and excitement of gentrification and displacement directly into the living room you no longer occupy! When Eve discovers that her condo has been put up for auction by the bank without her knowledge, she attempts to find some answers. Suddenly, a game show, complete with sound effects, a live TV studio audience, and an obnoxious host erupts in her living room, and the contestants compete for her home right in front of her. Eve must join in, but it's not a game for her; it's her home and her life.
  • Dedicated to the Memory
    Four former high school football players come together to mourn the death of their teammate and star player, A.C., ten years after winning the Texas high school football state championship. They organize an effort to name the school's new athletic facility after A.C. and to commission a mural of him on the facility. The protagonist of the play, Rebecca, is A.C.'s ex-girlfriend and the mother of his...
    Four former high school football players come together to mourn the death of their teammate and star player, A.C., ten years after winning the Texas high school football state championship. They organize an effort to name the school's new athletic facility after A.C. and to commission a mural of him on the facility. The protagonist of the play, Rebecca, is A.C.'s ex-girlfriend and the mother of his daughter. She insists that the men stop their campaign to dedicate the athletic facility to the memory of A.C. because she believes that it would gloss over the complicated reality of who A.C. was. Ultimately, this play asks questions about the culture of sports, the prevalence of abuse in society, and the relationship between narrative and truth. It demonstrates how people can get so attached to certain narratives that those narratives become truth despite the presence of facts.