Alexandra Espinoza

Alexandra Espinoza

Alexandra Espinoza (they/them) is a playwright, performer, director, dramaturg, and more. As playwright: All My Mothers Dream in Spanish (IATI Theater Cimientos Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Foundation Honorable Mention), exxx…stasis, exxx…hale… (Villanova Theatre), HOMERIDAE (Theatre Exile Studio X-hibition, Unicorn Theatre Works in Progress), and PERIL’s ISLAND written with the community of Harrowgate (...
Alexandra Espinoza (they/them) is a playwright, performer, director, dramaturg, and more. As playwright: All My Mothers Dream in Spanish (IATI Theater Cimientos Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Foundation Honorable Mention), exxx…stasis, exxx…hale… (Villanova Theatre), HOMERIDAE (Theatre Exile Studio X-hibition, Unicorn Theatre Works in Progress), and PERIL’s ISLAND written with the community of Harrowgate (Shakespeare in Clark Park). As director: Angelina Grimké’s Rachel (Quintessence Theatre 2020), Alice Childress’s Wine in the Wilderness (Philadelphia Artists Collective 2022). In 2021 Alexandra created and directed the community driven play BlackBestFriend, supported by the Leeway Foundation, Art is Essential, and the Open Meadows Foundation. Alexandra is the Education Associate at the Wilma Theater and a lifelong student for collective liberation. AlexandraEspinozaPlay.com

Plays

  • HOMERIDAE
    Mac, an adjunct lecturer, and Nessa, a freshman, have a lot in common. They’re slightly awkward, deeply passionate about Homer’s The Odyssey, and are African-Americans in a very white department at a very white school. They stumble upon the discovery that Homer himself came from Africa, and must figure out how best to honor this truth in the face of university administrators, overbearing older siblings, the...
    Mac, an adjunct lecturer, and Nessa, a freshman, have a lot in common. They’re slightly awkward, deeply passionate about Homer’s The Odyssey, and are African-Americans in a very white department at a very white school. They stumble upon the discovery that Homer himself came from Africa, and must figure out how best to honor this truth in the face of university administrators, overbearing older siblings, the Internet, and Homer himself. HOMERIDAE is a play about who controls the narrative, and about finding your voice when it seems like no one is listening.
  • All My Mothers Dream in Spanish: A Play with Drums
    Inspired by Afro-Venezuelan folk history, All My Mothers Dream in Spanish is about three generations of an Afro-Latinx family and their encounters with their ancestor named Guiomar. An Afro-Venezuelan folk hero, Guiomar was queen of Buría, a kingdom established by Africans who rebelled against enslavement in 1552. Guiomar also had the capacity for magic and has passed this on to her descendants who are: A...
    Inspired by Afro-Venezuelan folk history, All My Mothers Dream in Spanish is about three generations of an Afro-Latinx family and their encounters with their ancestor named Guiomar. An Afro-Venezuelan folk hero, Guiomar was queen of Buría, a kingdom established by Africans who rebelled against enslavement in 1552. Guiomar also had the capacity for magic and has passed this on to her descendants who are: A Grandmother who worked as a housekeeper and now listens to the birds who visit her mango tree… A Mother who is a successful physician in the United States and never taught her daughter her mother tongue… A Daughter who dropped out of law school to join a revolution in the same forest where Guiomar reigned as queen. This play is made of midnight conversations, Spanglish, and dreams that leave visible scars.
  • exxx...stasis, exxx...hale...
    A Black/Queer/2020 response to Euripides' Bakkhai. Nadia and Cecily are trying to make their socially distanced relationship work, but trying to keep it sexy is a whole different grape on the vine. When they both join a Zoom-room nightclub hosted by DJ Dion, the two love birds are thrust beyond their mundane digital world into an intoxicating new dimension. A glimpse into our current cultural moment, exxx...
    A Black/Queer/2020 response to Euripides' Bakkhai. Nadia and Cecily are trying to make their socially distanced relationship work, but trying to keep it sexy is a whole different grape on the vine. When they both join a Zoom-room nightclub hosted by DJ Dion, the two love birds are thrust beyond their mundane digital world into an intoxicating new dimension. A glimpse into our current cultural moment, exxx...stasis, exxx...hale… serves up a politically radical, and radically queer, virtual fantasia. “So dance.”
  • A Lynching Play for Today (Working Title)
    A contemporary response to the lynching play tradition of the early 20th century
  • The Mango Tree (Featured in Power Street Theatre Company's PALANTE)
    A stream of consciousness on Latinidad, originally performed with drumbeats. A walk through a tropical forest. A call to action.