Gretchen Suarez-Pena

Gretchen Suarez-Pena

Gretchen Suárez-Peña (she/her) is a Puerto Rican playwright based in Central Florida. She is an MFA candidate in the Dramatic Writing program at Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama (Class of 2024). She is a frequent collaborator with New Generation Theatrical (FL) and is part of the 2022 Conch Shell Productions (NY) Artists Collective of writers. She frequently works with Just Write! Lakeland (FL), the...
Gretchen Suárez-Peña (she/her) is a Puerto Rican playwright based in Central Florida. She is an MFA candidate in the Dramatic Writing program at Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama (Class of 2024). She is a frequent collaborator with New Generation Theatrical (FL) and is part of the 2022 Conch Shell Productions (NY) Artists Collective of writers. She frequently works with Just Write! Lakeland (FL), the Latinx Playwright Circle (NY), and the Latiné Musical Theatre Lab (NY). Her musical, Melina: A Steampunk Musical Tragedy was an official selection of the 2020 Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival. Other successes include winning the writer's grant and best play at the 2019 Be Original Festival for her play, Trafficked. Also, winning best full-length play at the 2018 Tampa Bay Theatre Festival for her show Conversations in the Car, and first prize for her short play, Dry Spell, at the 30 by Ninety Theatre’s 2018 Night of One Acts Competition. Her short play, The Arithmetic of Memory, has been produced across the country and was published in the Stonecoast Review where it was nominated for a Pushcart Award in Drama (2021). gretchensuarrezpena.com

Plays

  • The Arithmetic of Memory
    (FIFTEEN MINUTES) Claudine and Missy remember in their own way. The goal is not to forget.
  • Watchwomen
    (TEN-MINUTES) The watchwomen of Menas keep watch by night at the southern end of town. A messenger breaks their monotony with unbelievable, yet horrifying news.
  • The Child Groom
    (TEN-MINUTES) The head council hears the complaints of its citizen. Aquarius comes to plead for his son's life in the matter of his engagement to a wealthy matriarch.
  • Checkmate
    (TEN-MINUTES) A post-coital game of chess reveals something deeper.
  • Eye Candy
    (TEN-MINUTES) Three college-age girls sit by the pool post-final exams. They are checking out the guys at the pool.
  • Shadowed Arrangement
    (TEN-MINUTES) After the sudden death of Sergio's wife, he meets with Tremaine, his wife's lover. They both are suffering from their loss.
  • Dry Spell
    (TEN-MINUTES) A marriage hangs in the balance as a drought and heat wave continues to ravage their hometown.
  • El Malecon
    (TEN-MINUTES) Arturo and Yesenia are old friends turned lovers at a time when they were both married. Two years later, at Arturo's request, they meet at the iconic Malecon in Havana, Cuba; the place where they first met as teenagers.
  • Tea Town
    (TEN-MINUTES) The town of Chesterfield is slowly changing. A mysterious tea and card game are at the center of the change.
  • The Wind is Me
    (TEN-MINUTES) A lost romance in a whirlwind of dream recollection.
  • Practically Perfect
    (TEN-MINUTES) Nannies come and go. They debrief and train to support the families they are on assignment to take care of.
  • Love Letters
    (TEN-MINUTES) Bianca is helping her aunt move when she uncovers an exciting yet heartbreaking chapter in her aunt Gia's life.
  • Trafficked: A Story
    (FULL-LENGTH) The horrors of human sex trafficking are very real. It is not just a problem in some distant country; it happens in our own backyard. Follow Dr. Ana Saco as she journeys from her office, to her past and tells the world her story and the story of countless others, exposing the underbelly of the illicit sex trafficking industry.
  • Conversations in Bed
    (FULL-LENGTH) The Ghazi's, Sanchez's, Jackson's and Smith's are nextdoor neighbors in the suburbs. The audience follows the conversations that each couple has about their lives, families, pasts, futures, and their neighbors. The most comical conversations always seem to happen in bed.
  • Conversations in the Car
    (FULL-LENGTH) From road trips to errands to traffic tickets, the car is the place where life happens. The conversations that happen here stay here. Four different cars are on the road, and the conversations that take place set the pace for life.
  • Wingman
    Dr. Anthony Warren has broken the code to dating: You just have to read a woman's mind. This brilliant biochemist has found a way to tap into telepathy. He capitalizes on this by helping awkward men woo the women of their dreams, but what happens when Tony ends up falling for one of his client's love interests?