DESI MORENO-PENSON

DESI MORENO-PENSON

DESI MORENO-PENSON is a playwright/actor based in New York City. Her plays have been developed/produced at Ensemble Studio Theater (EST), INTAR, Perishable Theater (Providence, RI), Henry Street Settlement, SPF-Summer Play Festival, The Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF) @the Cherry Lane, Urban Theatre Company (Chicago), among others. Most recently, she is the winner of the 2017 MultiStages New Works...
DESI MORENO-PENSON is a playwright/actor based in New York City. Her plays have been developed/produced at Ensemble Studio Theater (EST), INTAR, Perishable Theater (Providence, RI), Henry Street Settlement, SPF-Summer Play Festival, The Downtown Urban Theater Festival (DUTF) @the Cherry Lane, Urban Theatre Company (Chicago), among others. Most recently, she is the winner of the 2017 MultiStages New Works Contest for her play, OMINOUS MEN. Another play, BEIGE, is a finalist for the 2018 Bay Area Playwrights Festival (San Francisco, CA), received Honorable Mention on The Kilroys List 2017, is the winner of the 2016 National Latino Playwriting Award sponsored by the Arizona Theater Company, a finalist for the 2016 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, a semifinalist for the 2016 Princess Grace Award for emerging artists, a finalist for the 2017 New Works Festival at Kitchen Dog Theater (Dallas, TX), and a semifinalist for the 2017 Blue Ink Playwriting Award sponsored by the American Blues Theater in Chicago. BEIGE was also nominated for the 2018 Mentor Project at the Cherry Lane Theatre, and was selected for the inaugural list of 50 Playwrights Project Top 8 Best Unproduced Latinx Plays 2017. This past summer, she won for Outstanding Playwriting in the Short Form (One-Act) for SNIPPED/CUT/TIED: Una Noche de Magia, an evening of three short magical-realist plays; GENESISTER, LET MEZALUCA BUY YOUR CAR, and DEAD WIVES DANCE THE MAMBO, produced by Step1 Theatre Project and featured as part of the Planet Connections Theater Festivity at the Clemente Soto Velez Center. Her play COMIDA DE PUTA (F%&king Lousy Food) is the winner of the 2013 MultiStages New Works Contest, a finalist for the 2014 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, received Honorable Mention on The Kilroys List 2015, and was given its world premiere at the West End Theater in New York City, produced by MultiStages Theater Company, and directed by Lorca Peress. In addition, her play DEVIL LAND was a semifinalist for the 2007 Princess Grace Award and one of only 7 finalists for the 1st annual Ball Grant sponsored by the Playwriting Collective (NYC). Performance monologues include A LATINA PREPARES (excerpt featured in the documentary; “The Theater of Rice and Beans” (Tribeca), selected as Best Performance Short at 2004 Downtown Urban Theatre Festival @Henry Street Settlement, NY), and DON’T KNOCK IT ‘TIL YOU TRY IT (Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, NY). Both monologues were presented together in a solo show, “Dos Mujeres,” as part of the 10th Annual soloNOVA Arts Festival produced by terraNOVA Collective, NY. Her plays DEVIL LAND, GHOST LIGHT, LAZARUS DISPOSED, 3 TO A SESSION: A MONSTER’S TALE are published through Broadway Play Publishing. A short play, SPIRIT SEX: A PARANORMAL ROMANCE was selected as part of the short plays anthology “THE BEST TEN-MINUTE PLAYS OF 2010,” and a scene from COMIDA DE PUTA has been selected for an upcoming anthology of scenes from plays written by Latinx playwrights, "SCENES FOR LATINX ACTORS: VOICES FOR THE NEW AMERICAN THEATRE," both published by Smith and Kraus. Desi is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild, SAG-AFTRA, and the Going To the River Writers Unit at the Lark New Play Development Center.


Desi Moreno-Penson
Playwright
actorswithoutspaces@gmail.com


https://sites.google.com/a/theoneill.org/2016-o-neill-finalists/npc-finalist-list

https://sites.google.com/a/theoneill.org/2014-national-playwrights-conference-finalists/comida-de-puta-f-king-lousy-food-by-desi-moreno-penson,

2016 National Latino Playwriting Award:
http://www.broadwayworld.com/phoenix/article/Desi-Moreno-Pensons-BEIGE-Wins-Arizona-Theatre-Companys-21st-Annual-National-Latino-Playwriting-Award-20160825

2017 MultiStages New Works Contest Winner – OMINOUS MEN
https://multistages.org/2016/01/2015-new-works-contest/

50 Playwrights Project Top 8 Best Unproduced Latinx Plays 2017:
https://50playwrights.org/the-50pp-list/50pps-best-unproduced-latin-plays-2017/

New Play Exchange:
https://newplayexchange.org/users/474/desi-moreno-penson

The Kilroys' Honorable Mention 2015
http://thekilroys.org/2015-honorable-mentions/

The Kilroys’ Honorable Mention 2017
http://thekilroys.org/list-2017/

http://www.broadwayworld.com/off-off-broadway/article/Photo-Flash-First-Look-at-MultiStages-Theatres-COMIDA-DE-PUTA-FKING-LOUSY-FOOD-20150414

http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Desi-Moreno-Pensons-OMINOUS-MEN-Gets-Staged-Reading-in-NYC-This-Fall-20161013

Plays

  • THE FLIES
    THE FLIES is an intimate, sexy, unconventional ghost story/thriller. Two artists arrive at a motel room for an afternoon of clandestine sex. One artist is successful and well-known, the other is not. During the course of their time together, another character…an enigmatic security guard with alarming news about the room they’re in, will turn up and ultimately change everything. THE FLIES is a modern noir play...
    THE FLIES is an intimate, sexy, unconventional ghost story/thriller. Two artists arrive at a motel room for an afternoon of clandestine sex. One artist is successful and well-known, the other is not. During the course of their time together, another character…an enigmatic security guard with alarming news about the room they’re in, will turn up and ultimately change everything. THE FLIES is a modern noir play of many shadings and ideas. It is primarily a ghost story, but first and foremost, it deals with celebrity and invisibility and the fine line that separates them both. It is a dissection of the experience of loss and of memory. It explores the idea of fate, control and chaos. It deals with art as a career and as a way of life. And finally, it talks about the power of creation, methods of myth-making, and ultimately, oblivion.
  • NOT LIKE US
    Two accomplished, but snooty Latinas, both of them intersectional feminists, neither of them illegal nor Mexican, conduct interviews for their next big protest with would-be "organizers" Harriet Tubman, Kellyanne Conway, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor...and find each one of them wanting/lacking in some aspect. A humorous, cautionary tale about egos and cultural hubris, and what it really means to be “...
    Two accomplished, but snooty Latinas, both of them intersectional feminists, neither of them illegal nor Mexican, conduct interviews for their next big protest with would-be "organizers" Harriet Tubman, Kellyanne Conway, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor...and find each one of them wanting/lacking in some aspect. A humorous, cautionary tale about egos and cultural hubris, and what it really means to be “inclusive.” Co-authored with Latinx playwright Noemi de la Puente, this short play was presented as part of the Future Is Female Festival, hosted by MultiStages Theater Company in New York City.
  • Beige
    A surreal tale of self-identity and the sometimes schizophrenic effects of post-colonialism, BEIGE is set in 2001, soon after the tragedy of 9/11, and tells the story of Soledad Iglesias, a young Nuyorican journalist who finds herself caught between the reality of her Jewish fiancee and the ideals of the notorious Puerto Rican Nationalist, Lolita Lebron. Existing at the crossroads of history, reality, and...
    A surreal tale of self-identity and the sometimes schizophrenic effects of post-colonialism, BEIGE is set in 2001, soon after the tragedy of 9/11, and tells the story of Soledad Iglesias, a young Nuyorican journalist who finds herself caught between the reality of her Jewish fiancee and the ideals of the notorious Puerto Rican Nationalist, Lolita Lebron. Existing at the crossroads of history, reality, and cultural imagination, BEIGE is a quixotic, cautionary tale of race, Puerto Rican politics, and love.

    BEIGE is the winner of the 2016 National Latino Playwriting Award sponsored by the Arizona Theater Company, http://www.broadwayworld.com/phoenix/article/Desi-Moreno-Pensons-BEIGE-Wins-Arizona-Theatre-Companys-21st-Annual-National-Latino-Playwriting-Award-20160825
  • Comida de Puta (F%&king Lousy Food)
    http://nytheaternow.com/Content/Article/2015-4-14-comida-de-puta-fking-lousy-food
    http://osburnt.com/comida-de-puta/
    http://artsincolor.com/2015/04/thoughts-comida-de-puta/

    Sex, magic, and spoken-word poetry illuminate this dark, erotic tale of Phaedra on the gritty streets of the Bronx. A bodega owner's new wife becomes strangely obsessed with her husband's son, the lunch...
    http://nytheaternow.com/Content/Article/2015-4-14-comida-de-puta-fking-lousy-food
    http://osburnt.com/comida-de-puta/
    http://artsincolor.com/2015/04/thoughts-comida-de-puta/

    Sex, magic, and spoken-word poetry illuminate this dark, erotic tale of Phaedra on the gritty streets of the Bronx. A bodega owner's new wife becomes strangely obsessed with her husband's son, the lunch counter boy. Driven by lust, she invokes the vengeful power of the Santeria Gods who set off a vicious chain of events that no one can stop.

  • "Don't Knock It 'Til You Try It" and "A Latina Prepares" (performance monologues presented as part of solo show, "Dos Mujeres")
    www.theasy.com/Reviews/2013/D/dosmujeres.php
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=esEjHmX9dV4

    For "Don't Knock It 'Til You Try It": A Latina college professor in her 40s finally gives in to her husband's demand for a threesome. What happens after is unexpected.

    For "A Latina Prepares": A Latina actress, fed up with the stereotypes with Carmen to...
    www.theasy.com/Reviews/2013/D/dosmujeres.php
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=esEjHmX9dV4

    For "Don't Knock It 'Til You Try It": A Latina college professor in her 40s finally gives in to her husband's demand for a threesome. What happens after is unexpected.

    For "A Latina Prepares": A Latina actress, fed up with the stereotypes with Carmen to Jennifer, takes revenge upon her auditioners...by being a damn good actress!
  • 3 To A Session: A Monster's Tale
    Taking place in a strange, surrealistic realm between life and death…the brooding and child-like Vincent, the smart and steely-eyed Ally, and the sexy, yet uptight plant-lover Paula engage in sexual play-acting scenarios, leading them into memories of loss, love, longing, and domestic violence.
  • Devil Land
    http://www.timeout.com/newyork/theater/devil-land

    Based on a true kidnapping, DEVIL LAND is a modern day, adult fairytale about a couple in the Bronx who kidnaps a twelve-year old girl, keeping her in their basement boiler room in a thoroughly misguided attempt at creating a family. The little girl, however, has other ideas. She claims to be clairvoyant and can communicate with the dead,...
    http://www.timeout.com/newyork/theater/devil-land

    Based on a true kidnapping, DEVIL LAND is a modern day, adult fairytale about a couple in the Bronx who kidnaps a twelve-year old girl, keeping her in their basement boiler room in a thoroughly misguided attempt at creating a family. The little girl, however, has other ideas. She claims to be clairvoyant and can communicate with the dead, including the couple’s own dead baby. And she is protected by her terrifying and perhaps not-so-imaginary friend, whom she calls “the Grinch” (Yes, THAT Grinch, only more ghoulish!). Ultimately, a battle of wills ensues pitting faith, family, and politic against each other. DEVIL LAND is a fantastical, gothic exploration into New York City lore.