raul garza

raul garza

Raul Garza is an Austin-based playwright who tells stories that resound with culture and sense of place. His full-length play Fantasmaville received the National Latino Playwriting Award, and earned a B. Iden Payne Award nomination for Outstanding Original Script. His short play MyHEB garnered FronteraFest 2015 Best of Fest recognition. Raul’s full length plays include Fantasmaville, Sanctuary, Cura,...
Raul Garza is an Austin-based playwright who tells stories that resound with culture and sense of place. His full-length play Fantasmaville received the National Latino Playwriting Award, and earned a B. Iden Payne Award nomination for Outstanding Original Script. His short play MyHEB garnered FronteraFest 2015 Best of Fest recognition. Raul’s full length plays include Fantasmaville, Sanctuary, Cura, Confessions of a Mexpatriate, Ruby, There and Back, and El. His short story "In the Room" won the 2014 Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest, “Running Bear” and "LeBaron" were cited for Honorable Mention by the 2017 and 2014 Texas Observer Short Story Contest. When not writing, Raul explores kundalini yoga, devours pop culture, and serves as creative director of TKO Advertising.

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Plays

  • There and Back
    Traveling from her native Mexico, Gloria joins her husband,
    Victor, on a migrant farm workers’ camp. Her arrival on the day of
    President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration reveals stark contrasts
    between the American dream and her reality.

    A series of visits by a liberated, contemporary Virgen de Guadalupe offers Gloria a
    glimpse of her life and legacy in the context of...
    Traveling from her native Mexico, Gloria joins her husband,
    Victor, on a migrant farm workers’ camp. Her arrival on the day of
    President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration reveals stark contrasts
    between the American dream and her reality.

    A series of visits by a liberated, contemporary Virgen de Guadalupe offers Gloria a
    glimpse of her life and legacy in the context of other
    presidential eras (Reagan and Trump), and presents a life-altering
    choice: stay in the United States, and accept her status as a
    member of the under-class, or abandon the agreed-upon plan and her
    future family to claim dignity and fulfillment.
  • Confessions of a Mexpatriate
    Confessions of a Mexpatriate is an original one-man performance depicting the misadventures of a media-saturated American man, Samuel, who embarks on a journey across Mexico in search of his life’s meaning. Part memory, part fantasy, Mexpatriate chronicles Samuel’s discovery of Mexico’s cultural beauty and his own identity as a Mexican-American.

    Above all, Confessions of a Mexpatriate is a...
    Confessions of a Mexpatriate is an original one-man performance depicting the misadventures of a media-saturated American man, Samuel, who embarks on a journey across Mexico in search of his life’s meaning. Part memory, part fantasy, Mexpatriate chronicles Samuel’s discovery of Mexico’s cultural beauty and his own identity as a Mexican-American.

    Above all, Confessions of a Mexpatriate is a celebration of self-acceptance, wrapped in the vibrant context of the Mexican-American experience. Through laughter, tears, and the occasional bolero, Mexpatriate reveals the power of human compassion, and invites audiences to “just be” – a message that at once embraces and transcends Latinidad.
  • Ruby
    Vanguard brain doctor Belén believes she has reinvented brain
    trauma therapy. Going beyond her comfort zone of science, Belén
    incorporates the soul body, dead reckoning, and virtual reality
    in an unconventional but transformative, protocol. Now she just
    needs to prove it works.

    Belén’s first trial patient, Simon, seems to be responding, but
    his partner, Eva, is...
    Vanguard brain doctor Belén believes she has reinvented brain
    trauma therapy. Going beyond her comfort zone of science, Belén
    incorporates the soul body, dead reckoning, and virtual reality
    in an unconventional but transformative, protocol. Now she just
    needs to prove it works.

    Belén’s first trial patient, Simon, seems to be responding, but
    his partner, Eva, is skeptical. When Eva halts the experimental
    treatment, Belén finds herself stranded – her physical body in
    one place, her soul body in another. Here, in a Mexico-inspired
    limbo, Belén meets Eva and Simon in their soul forms, and
    tastes unfiltered freedom and cultural inclusion for the first
    time.

    Ruby depicts the delightful and terrifying migration between
    humans’ planes of existence. It asks us, “Where do I belong?”
    and “How can I get there?”
  • EL
    Twenty-something Emi just wants to be a writer – a writer who tells truths,
    shatters myths, and rips the lid off her immigrant family’s generations-old
    secrets. Stifled by an overprotective mom, Clara, and an underproductive
    brother, Gus, Emi dreams of escaping the confines of the family’s crowded
    Logan Square brownstone.

    A daring relationship with an exotically-stable...
    Twenty-something Emi just wants to be a writer – a writer who tells truths,
    shatters myths, and rips the lid off her immigrant family’s generations-old
    secrets. Stifled by an overprotective mom, Clara, and an underproductive
    brother, Gus, Emi dreams of escaping the confines of the family’s crowded
    Logan Square brownstone.

    A daring relationship with an exotically-stable intellectual, Webster, who
    steps gracefully off the nearby El Train and into her life, ignites Emi’s artistic
    passion. She revels in the success of a revealing but unflattering short story
    based on her family, even at the cost of her most treasured relationships.
    Meanwhile, Gus confronts his own demons with the aid of a metaphysical cow
    head, and Clara reluctantly searches for fulfillment in her adopted homeland.

    When Emi’s novel is rejected by a major publisher, she is forced to question
    her artistic honesty, and examine the role of story in her life. Together with
    her Mexican/Mexican-American family, Emi searches for meaning in their
    collective experience, and faces generations-old regret for events that shaped
    their lives. As they unravel and “re-ravel” past events and the storytelling
    process itself, we discover yet another perspective of their shared story,
    delivered
  • Pig. A Requiem for the '90s.
    Returning to Chicago after a 20-year absence, Fernando, searches for the truths left buried in his idealistic young-adulthood. When he convinces his longtime friends to re-examine the group’s shared adventures and their consequences, their vivid flashbacks and awkward present-day interactions uncover more questions than answers.

    Pig. A Requiem for the ‘90s explores the emotional landmarks...
    Returning to Chicago after a 20-year absence, Fernando, searches for the truths left buried in his idealistic young-adulthood. When he convinces his longtime friends to re-examine the group’s shared adventures and their consequences, their vivid flashbacks and awkward present-day interactions uncover more questions than answers.

    Pig. A Requiem for the ‘90s explores the emotional landmarks partially submerged in past, present, and the grey area in-between. The narrative arranges selective experiences from characters’ past and present lives, creating a crooked breadcrumb trail of truths and perceptions. Lovingly depicting an era of American popular culture held in arguably lower esteem than other decades, the play seeks balance between hindsight and nostalgia.
  • My HEB
    The meaning of life may very well be found on aisle four, behind the canned tomatoes. In this short play, three very distinct individuals intersect in their one shared space – the grocery store.
  • Fantasmaville
    A world-weary Latina, Celeste, and her Anglo husband, Martin return home to the rapidly-changing neighborhood where they both grew up, eager to fight the surge of gentrification.

    Complicating Celeste and Martin’s return is a crew of uncooperative local characters, including an advice-spinning Mexican Spirit Guide who takes on the form of a human-sized raccoon.

    Facing the threat of...
    A world-weary Latina, Celeste, and her Anglo husband, Martin return home to the rapidly-changing neighborhood where they both grew up, eager to fight the surge of gentrification.

    Complicating Celeste and Martin’s return is a crew of uncooperative local characters, including an advice-spinning Mexican Spirit Guide who takes on the form of a human-sized raccoon.

    Facing the threat of a yuppie-centric Dog Park encroaching on her neighborhood, Celeste discovers the secret of her heritage, her purpose, and her longing for a sense of home.
  • The Last Mixtape
    It’s 1988. And high school sophomores Carlos and Becca just want to
    fit in. Carlos has a secret power – the ability to create truly
    awesome mixtapes. Unfortunately, he has few friends with whom to
    share this skill.

    It’s 2019. One of Carlos’s awesome mixtapes has found its way into
    the hands of upwardly mobile “boo’s” Xavi and Jenny, exposing the
    pair’s unspoken...
    It’s 1988. And high school sophomores Carlos and Becca just want to
    fit in. Carlos has a secret power – the ability to create truly
    awesome mixtapes. Unfortunately, he has few friends with whom to
    share this skill.

    It’s 2019. One of Carlos’s awesome mixtapes has found its way into
    the hands of upwardly mobile “boo’s” Xavi and Jenny, exposing the
    pair’s unspoken conflicts while resurrecting Carlos and Becca’s
    vintage angst.

    The Last Mixtape follows a group of friends and a pair of lovers
    as they dare to want more and feel deeper.