Alvaro Saar Rios

Alvaro Saar Rios

Alvaro Saar Rios' plays have been performed in Chicago, New York City, Hawaii, St. Louis, Milwaukee and all over Texas. Rios has received commissions from various organizations, including The Alley Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, and Honolulu Theatre for Youth. His award-winning play Luchadora! is published by Dramatic Publishing Inc. He is also the co-founder of The Royal Mexican Players, a national...
Alvaro Saar Rios' plays have been performed in Chicago, New York City, Hawaii, St. Louis, Milwaukee and all over Texas. Rios has received commissions from various organizations, including The Alley Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, and Honolulu Theatre for Youth. His award-winning play Luchadora! is published by Dramatic Publishing Inc. He is also the co-founder of The Royal Mexican Players, a national touring performance troupe. Mr. Rios holds an MFA in Writing for the Stage and Screen from Northwestern University. Alvaro lives in Chicago and teaches playwriting at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and a Playwright-In-Residence at Milwaukee's First Stage.

Plays

  • Blue Bullets
    FULL-LENGTH. Blue Bullets is set in Houston, Texas in 1977. As protesters organize in the wake of rampant police brutality, the owner of a Mexican bakery discovers her oven is broken for good. The owner’s attempts to raise money are slowed when the bakery's sole employee becomes involved in the protests. As more police brutality occurs and the owner continues her focus on saving her livelihood, she soon...
    FULL-LENGTH. Blue Bullets is set in Houston, Texas in 1977. As protesters organize in the wake of rampant police brutality, the owner of a Mexican bakery discovers her oven is broken for good. The owner’s attempts to raise money are slowed when the bakery's sole employee becomes involved in the protests. As more police brutality occurs and the owner continues her focus on saving her livelihood, she soon discovers the dangers of ignoring the needs of the community.
  • Luchadora!
    FULL-LENGTH. Imagine the Chinese legend Hua Mulan set in the world of lucha libre—Mexican wrestling. The discovery of a worn wrestling mask prompts Nana Lupita, a Wisconsin grandmother, to share her tale about growing up in 1960s Texas. As her tale unfolds, Lupita's life as a teen tomboy comes alive—bike riding with her friends Leopold and Liesl, working at her father's flower stand and lucha libre....
    FULL-LENGTH. Imagine the Chinese legend Hua Mulan set in the world of lucha libre—Mexican wrestling. The discovery of a worn wrestling mask prompts Nana Lupita, a Wisconsin grandmother, to share her tale about growing up in 1960s Texas. As her tale unfolds, Lupita's life as a teen tomboy comes alive—bike riding with her friends Leopold and Liesl, working at her father's flower stand and lucha libre. When a World Championship match is announced, Lupita anticipates seeing it until she discovers her ailing father is one of the wrestlers. With the help of a magical mask maker, Lupita secretly trains to take her father's place. She soon finds it difficult keeping her secret from her friends and, most importantly, her father.
  • The Play About 2 Mothers
    10 MINUTE. As a young woman settles into her new Chicago apartment, a stranger appears with a key to the same apartment. We soon discover that one is hoping to free herself from her mother while the other is hoping to get as close to her own mother as she can.
  • The History of Mexicans in 10 Minutes
    10 MINUTE. This play is a fast-paced journey attempting to tell the 500+ years of Mexican history that includes human sacrifices, Aztec gods, smallpox, lisping Spaniards, and Mexicans with bad hair.
  • Brown Only
    10 MINUTE. What happens when someone who doesn't identify as Latinx auditions for PANCHO VILLA: THE MUSICAL?
  • Bienvenidos a Milwaukee/ Welcome to Milwaukee
    ONE-ACT. Donny is a college student trying to finish a class project that he forgot about. OK. He didn't really forget about it. He just put it off and it's due tomorrow! On Cinco de Mayo, he ventures out into his city in order to gather oral histories(his assignment). While collecting stories from various Latinos in his community, Donny is reminded of his own family's story. A story that...
    ONE-ACT. Donny is a college student trying to finish a class project that he forgot about. OK. He didn't really forget about it. He just put it off and it's due tomorrow! On Cinco de Mayo, he ventures out into his city in order to gather oral histories(his assignment). While collecting stories from various Latinos in his community, Donny is reminded of his own family's story. A story that helps him realize who he really is.