Georgina H.L. Escobar

Georgina H.L. Escobar

Georgina Escobar is a NYC based playwright and devised theatre director via Ciudad Juárez. Her plays have been called "Chic-Burton", "Frontera Funk", and "Beckettian". She seeks to define a novo Latinx/Wabi Sabi aesthetic and often directs and devises her own work. Her plays have been seen and developed at INTAR, Dixon Place, The Flea, Lincoln Center, Clubbed Thumb, Governor’s...
Georgina Escobar is a NYC based playwright and devised theatre director via Ciudad Juárez. Her plays have been called "Chic-Burton", "Frontera Funk", and "Beckettian". She seeks to define a novo Latinx/Wabi Sabi aesthetic and often directs and devises her own work. Her plays have been seen and developed at INTAR, Dixon Place, The Flea, Lincoln Center, Clubbed Thumb, Governor’s Island, Milagro Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Duke City Rep, Marfa Live Arts, The Magic, The Lensic, and others. Professional development includes the Djerassi Playwright’s Initiative, MacDowell Colony Fellowship (upcoming), the Fornés Writing Workshop, the Kennedy Center’s National Theatre for Young Audiences Award, The Lit Associate gig at the O’Neill, and more. She is the finalist for the 2016 National Latino Playwriting Award. Some of her plays include "Bi-(be)", "The Beacons", "Sweep", "The Ruin", "All Strings Considered", "Death and the Tramp", "The Unbearable Likeness of Jo, Semity, & Jones", "Ash Tree" and "The Circuz". Collaborations include "A Ribbon About A Bomb", "Quixote: On the Conquest of Self", "Firerock: Pass the Spark" (formerly known as "Coal.") georginaescobar.com

Plays

  • Alebrijes (or Ridiculous Beautiful Beasts)
    When a young bride and groom-to-be discover the largest Dia de Muertos altar they’ve ever seen, they suddenly notice something’s run amuck, literally. A little creature, known as an alebrije, sweeps into the room and takes the bride’s imagination, forcing past and present to meld together in this playful homage to Pedro Linares, the creator of the alebrije. Set in present day San Luis Potosí, in Xochimilco in...
    When a young bride and groom-to-be discover the largest Dia de Muertos altar they’ve ever seen, they suddenly notice something’s run amuck, literally. A little creature, known as an alebrije, sweeps into the room and takes the bride’s imagination, forcing past and present to meld together in this playful homage to Pedro Linares, the creator of the alebrije. Set in present day San Luis Potosí, in Xochimilco in 1936, and in an afterlife that looks too much like a psychedelic Oaxacan jungle, young Pedro realizes his artistic potential through his relationship to his pets as totems, his love for painting, and a close encounter with death.
  • All Strings Considered
    A young Mexican girl in Queens wants to try out for the school's talent show featuring her recently deceased father's music— Son Jarocho—the typical music of Veracruz, Mexico. After a series of encounters with the school bullies, she decides to immerse herself in her father's story (based on musical composer's book "Zoongoro Bailongo") and remind the people of her school, that...
    A young Mexican girl in Queens wants to try out for the school's talent show featuring her recently deceased father's music— Son Jarocho—the typical music of Veracruz, Mexico. After a series of encounters with the school bullies, she decides to immerse herself in her father's story (based on musical composer's book "Zoongoro Bailongo") and remind the people of her school, that music is indeed, the universal language.
  • Ash Tree
    Three sisters face the challenge of coping with their Mother's death. Unable and unwilling to give up hope, Tristen leads her two sisters into a journey of imagination, self-discovery and acceptance. Opening a portal described in their Mother's stories, Tristen, Gaela and Selene lead us through their inner psyche as it is manifested through lessons learned from encounters with a Gnome, A Nelrim and...
    Three sisters face the challenge of coping with their Mother's death. Unable and unwilling to give up hope, Tristen leads her two sisters into a journey of imagination, self-discovery and acceptance. Opening a portal described in their Mother's stories, Tristen, Gaela and Selene lead us through their inner psyche as it is manifested through lessons learned from encounters with a Gnome, A Nelrim and an Echo known as Gandria. Secret drawers pop open unannounced, gnomes come in and out from under the bed— letting loose confusion, riddles, journeys, and blurring boundaries between tale and fact, between memoir and fiction, and ultimately unleashing a truth and acceptance that inspires their own new story.

    "Playwright Escobar has the beginnings of a magical and meaningful modern-day fairy tale on her hands.
    The show provides a positive message for young girls (and boys) about how to be brave,
    strong and honest in the face of life’s most difficult moments.
    Escobar manages this without being condescending.
    The effect is a little bit dark without losing innocence or hope."
    ~Leigh Hile, The Alibi
  • Bag of Bones (or The Circuz)
    The place is Country M— A place divided by a north and a south of the wall. The south of the wall has been visited by a mysterious Circus which has turned reporters into marionettes, cops into chorizo and the town into ghosts, unleashing The Big Top Wars. Written at the height of genocide and murder in Escobar's hometown of Ciudad Juarez, Bag of Bones is a macabre farce that explores the discomfort of...
    The place is Country M— A place divided by a north and a south of the wall. The south of the wall has been visited by a mysterious Circus which has turned reporters into marionettes, cops into chorizo and the town into ghosts, unleashing The Big Top Wars. Written at the height of genocide and murder in Escobar's hometown of Ciudad Juarez, Bag of Bones is a macabre farce that explores the discomfort of violence through exaggeration, faith through senses, and the cynicism of a land divided in two.
  • Bi
    A bilingual play inspired by the book "Flatland" by Edwin Abbot. The year is 2089 in Tierra Plana, a new nation of squares, walls, and all sorts of boxes; a place where individual categories are pre-determined. Four friends: Fig, Noir, Isa, and Hex, are preparing for the day they receive their identity bracelets. Nervous about not fitting in, they escape to the desert and discover the mystery of the...
    A bilingual play inspired by the book "Flatland" by Edwin Abbot. The year is 2089 in Tierra Plana, a new nation of squares, walls, and all sorts of boxes; a place where individual categories are pre-determined. Four friends: Fig, Noir, Isa, and Hex, are preparing for the day they receive their identity bracelets. Nervous about not fitting in, they escape to the desert and discover the mystery of the past hidden in boxes from the U.S. Census Bureau. Bi– will break open the boxes of selective classification and raise the question: What is your bi-dentity? Using mathematical and geometrical metaphor as well as inspiration from interviews from people in the community to tug at the heartstring that often make us feel a little too much like ‘the other,’ this piece is about expansive thinking and the challenges, of those with dual identities in navigating within a homogenous society...times one ten.
  • Cleopatra Under Water
    Short: Written for APPCo '16 for Aurora Theatre, GA. Three college students analyze the dynamics of triumph, faulty history, and the fall of the patriarchy as they claim their power over Martini Monday.
  • Death and The Tramp (El Muerto Vagabundo)

    A play in English and Spanish. It is Day of the Dead in The City of Bridges when THE KID, a near homeless orphan looked after by his older sister, makes an ofrenda to summon his parents. What he encounters instead is a VAGABUNDO; a tramp who mistakenly takes the kid’s offering for himself. As the kid chases after him, he ends up under a bridge, in a place called THE UNDERWORLD where the forgotten, the...

    A play in English and Spanish. It is Day of the Dead in The City of Bridges when THE KID, a near homeless orphan looked after by his older sister, makes an ofrenda to summon his parents. What he encounters instead is a VAGABUNDO; a tramp who mistakenly takes the kid’s offering for himself. As the kid chases after him, he ends up under a bridge, in a place called THE UNDERWORLD where the forgotten, the lost and the dispossessed lay down for a night’s rest [LOS OLVIDADOS]. Offering his innocent insight to each of his new, lonely friends, The Kid insists in building an altar, and lighting a candle to honor their dead. The Kid learns about stories, as they all reconnect, of those people or lives that hide under bridges—whether real or fake. In a highly theatrical and metaphorical way, we encounter traditions, through ritual, through song, and good old-fashioned story-telling, in this darkly-whimsical play.
  • Firerock: Pass The Spark (co-authored)
    A coveted vein of Firerock, a symbol for fossil fuels, has spent 365 million years underneath the Wildwood, a magical forest outside the mining town of Hopewell Junction. The ancient and wise Firerock yearns to stay in the Earth, but her cries are ignored. Years of burning Firerock has produced the Snooze, a numbing slumber that disconnects Hopewell’s inhabitants from the natural world. One family grapples...
    A coveted vein of Firerock, a symbol for fossil fuels, has spent 365 million years underneath the Wildwood, a magical forest outside the mining town of Hopewell Junction. The ancient and wise Firerock yearns to stay in the Earth, but her cries are ignored. Years of burning Firerock has produced the Snooze, a numbing slumber that disconnects Hopewell’s inhabitants from the natural world. One family grapples with whether to sell the beloved Wildwood, a move that could help a young student and provide for the struggling community in the short-term but bring devastation for generations to come. Their decision is complicated by the arrival of an ambitious young man from the mining company. With everyone’s future at stake, Firerock and a bumbling otter must awaken the spark of connection in Hopewell residents before their world is lost forever.
  • In the Life of Stones
    SHORT: An absurdist look the memory and concrete of The Savoy Manor, a dance club in the South Bronx. Josefo is a preservation advocate in present day Hostos Community College who summons the memories of two brothers and unlikely club renters who dive into dreams of a grim future, bringing them together in the intersection of thought, words, hip-hop, and walls.
  • Matted
    Short: A response to After Orlando, this piece captures the decisive moments of a Latinx drag queen to live or die after a shooter attacks their nightclub. Facing the closed doors of intolerance and extremism, Sasha has no choice but to share a third stall with Maddie Ross, a character out of the western novel True Grit. What Maddie reveals gives Sasha the necessary fuel to decide to keep living.
  • Penny Pinball Presents The Beacons
    An action-packed, heavy-punchin', uber retro futura stylized story following a pinball narrative that reimagines Manhattan as a Debtor's prison. Siblings blur the boundaries of game and reality as a mysterious woman calls for a conclave and a multi-spective approach to story telling. Loosely inspired by pinball, and the 1970s cult classic "The Warriors." Warning: This play is still under construction.
  • Que Kerastas, Kerastas.
    One Act: Que Kerastas, Kerastas examines the human desire for connection, understanding, and control. When Jenna returns to her mother’s apricot orchard in rural New Mexico after a not-so-unexpected death, she reunites with Leonard—a worldly neighbor and childhood friend who cared for Jenna’s mother long after she and her sisters left the farm. As Jenna reels with the onslaught of memories brought by her return...
    One Act: Que Kerastas, Kerastas examines the human desire for connection, understanding, and control. When Jenna returns to her mother’s apricot orchard in rural New Mexico after a not-so-unexpected death, she reunites with Leonard—a worldly neighbor and childhood friend who cared for Jenna’s mother long after she and her sisters left the farm. As Jenna reels with the onslaught of memories brought by her return and Leonard’s presence, the two estranged friends grapple with understanding love, life, and loss—and that perhaps our greatest comfort lies in accepting that whatever will be, will be.
  • Seagalphin
    Short: Written for Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writer's Group Kick Off Event. A dolphin at Sea World channels Steven Seagal after the Otter tank is moved a little too close to his own.
  • Sweep
    Sweep is a sci-femme story that follows two sisters and hit women of the splintered worlds whose initial snafu with Adam & Eve catches up with them lifetimes later. Fighting for a last chance to reset humanity’s imperfect patterns, the women of Sweep hunt their targets from biblical times to modern-day in order to accelerate humanity’s evolution.  
  • The Ruin
    Georgina H. Escobar’s “The Ruin” tells a dazzling tale of Latin American witchcraft,
    fantastical love and personal insanities.
    It’s dark and wickedly funny, absurd and balefully soothing."
    ~Graham Gentz

    Using the inspiration from the melancholic playfulness of the Spanish literati: Cervantes, Garcia Marquez, Allende, Borges and Coelho, this play follows a young...
    Georgina H. Escobar’s “The Ruin” tells a dazzling tale of Latin American witchcraft,
    fantastical love and personal insanities.
    It’s dark and wickedly funny, absurd and balefully soothing."
    ~Graham Gentz

    Using the inspiration from the melancholic playfulness of the Spanish literati: Cervantes, Garcia Marquez, Allende, Borges and Coelho, this play follows a young archeologist as he goes in search of a legend, and the woman who might still hold a key to his father's heart. The witches he encounters talk to waterfalls, read snails, pray to salt and compose music alongside the oil painting of Don Quixote. But do they have any real powers? Or it is all part of ingesting the "sacred saints" (mushrooms)? Exposed to a life outside of her own, young Fatima starts to question, along with the outsider: Is there a difference between magic and choice?
  • The Unbearable Likeness of Jo, Semity & Jones
    A ridiculous investigation into memory, personal identity, and digiphrenia. Moments before her plane is about to crash, Jones deconstructs memory as a state of passage; from love, to Facebook, to her sexuality; all as related to one thing: present shock.
  • Then They Forgot About The Rest
    It's the not-to-distant future in the US Southwest. An ad agency, The Rest, struggles to stay afloat in a new competitive media market. Known as a "prescribed burn" agency, their clients mostly consist of "Giants" and specifically those called PG-13's (Pharma Giants for Teens). As they get ready to accept their new brief, "Alleviate" or 'the forgetting pill' the...
    It's the not-to-distant future in the US Southwest. An ad agency, The Rest, struggles to stay afloat in a new competitive media market. Known as a "prescribed burn" agency, their clients mostly consist of "Giants" and specifically those called PG-13's (Pharma Giants for Teens). As they get ready to accept their new brief, "Alleviate" or 'the forgetting pill' the members of the agency question the moral hinges of selling this drug, all the while a bereaved mother undergoes trial for the same drug that's eager to hit the market. A frontier futura funk piece with elements of noir, this southwest femmetasia brings back beloved characters from Escobar's other plays like "Sweep" keeping true to the author's vision to make of every play a universe within a larger opus.