Alicia Margarita Olivo

Alicia Margarita Olivo

Alicia Margarita Olivo is a Houston-based Mexican American playwright whose work focuses on the fiery interactions between identity, relationships, space, and memory. Alicia is currently part of the 2021-2022 Rec Room Writers Group cohort. Alicia was recently part of Company One Theater's 2021 C1 PlayLab Circuit Volt Lab, The Workshop Theater's Spring 2021 Workshop Intensive, as well as the 2020...
Alicia Margarita Olivo is a Houston-based Mexican American playwright whose work focuses on the fiery interactions between identity, relationships, space, and memory. Alicia is currently part of the 2021-2022 Rec Room Writers Group cohort. Alicia was recently part of Company One Theater's 2021 C1 PlayLab Circuit Volt Lab, The Workshop Theater's Spring 2021 Workshop Intensive, as well as the 2020 AlterLab First Acts cohort with AlterTheater Ensemble in San Rafael, California.

Alicia’s plays have been developed and received readings with Spectrum Theatre Ensemble (forthcoming), The Workshop Theater, Teatro Chelsea, Telatúlsa Theater Company, AlterTheater Ensemble, The Inkwell Theater, and Wellesley College. Recognitions include The Paul R. Barstow Award for Theatrical Excellence, The Pamela Daniels Fellowship, The Claude Beauclair Fellowship, The Isabelle Eastman Fisk Performance Prize for Acting, and Theatre Viscera's "Artists to Watch" feature. Alicia has also been a Finalist for Texas State University's Black and Latino Playwrights Celebration New Play Development Workshops, Semi-Finalist for the National Young Playwrights in Residence Program with the Echo Theater, and Semi-Finalist for The Future of Playwriting Prize. Alicia holds a B.A. in Theatre Studies and Comparative Race and Ethnicity Studies from Wellesley College.

Alicia loves talking about comic books, good food, and the weather. @aliciamargaritx

Plays

  • Count Yourself Among the Lucky
    Belén and Andy, childhood friends-turned-lovers, find themselves stranded off of an abandoned South Texas highway on their way to Mexico. They're trapped in a liminal space, where only the two of them exist without the need for food, water, or sleep. Soon enough, the couple's buried resentments and secrets start to rise, culminating in one last celebration. Inspired by comic book aesthetics, Count...
    Belén and Andy, childhood friends-turned-lovers, find themselves stranded off of an abandoned South Texas highway on their way to Mexico. They're trapped in a liminal space, where only the two of them exist without the need for food, water, or sleep. Soon enough, the couple's buried resentments and secrets start to rise, culminating in one last celebration. Inspired by comic book aesthetics, Count Yourself Among the Lucky is a confrontation of violence, trauma, and, of course, love. Commissioned by AlterTheater Ensemble in San Rafael, CA. Part of Telatúlsa's #telatuesdays virtual readings series.
  • Flood
    As Hurricane Harvey’s landfall approaches Houston, Salomé Salas is stranded with their estranged Mexican immigrant family. Tensions are high as their parents, Humberto and Yolanda, grapple with their return, unaware that Salomé has been expelled from college after a violent mental breakdown. Magdalena, Salomé’s sister, tries to keep them from recklessly sabotaging their familial relationships. Jealousy and...
    As Hurricane Harvey’s landfall approaches Houston, Salomé Salas is stranded with their estranged Mexican immigrant family. Tensions are high as their parents, Humberto and Yolanda, grapple with their return, unaware that Salomé has been expelled from college after a violent mental breakdown. Magdalena, Salomé’s sister, tries to keep them from recklessly sabotaging their familial relationships. Jealousy and resentment permeate Humberto and Salomé’s interactions, while Yolanda falls deeper into despair and disgust. As Harvey rages on, Magdalena documents her family’s life, violence, and trauma in a series of audio recordings. Funded by The Pamela Daniels Fellowship and runner-up for Theatre Viscera's 2021 Podcast Season. Part of Teatro Chelsea's 2021 A-Típico: A New Latinx Play Festival.
  • aislamientos
    Join The Protagonist—a self-described loser—in a Dublin Airport bar as she struggles with the complexities of human intimacy, white supremacy, and social isolation after losing a pair of headphones before a flight. Funded by The Claude Beauclair Fellowship.
  • congratulations (short play)
    Three friends grapple with the suicide of Laurel, a high school classmate.

    First scene of upcoming full-length play, "Sprawl."
  • subliminal
    Two strangers' dreams are intertwined after an ill-fated accident.
  • La Jaula de Oro
    A grizzled elderly Mexican woman crosses the border to see her ailing gay son, whom she had kicked out of her home decades earlier.
  • St. Agnes Goes to Hell: a monologue
    A short monologue about a young queer kid grappling with the manifestation of anxiety and paranoia due to religious guilt. Performed as part of DECISIONS with Wellesley College Theatre in April 2018.