Alicia Margarita Olivo

Alicia Margarita Olivo

Alicia Margarita Olivo is a Houston-based Mexican American playwright, performer, and weather enjoyer, whose work focuses on the fiery interactions between identity, gender, rage, and memory. Most recently, Alicia's play YOUR MILEAGE MAY VARY received a staged reading with Rec Room Arts in Houston, TX.

Alicia’s plays have been developed and received readings with Rec Room Arts, Stages,...
Alicia Margarita Olivo is a Houston-based Mexican American playwright, performer, and weather enjoyer, whose work focuses on the fiery interactions between identity, gender, rage, and memory. Most recently, Alicia's play YOUR MILEAGE MAY VARY received a staged reading with Rec Room Arts in Houston, TX.

Alicia’s plays have been developed and received readings with Rec Room Arts, Stages, Company One Theater, The Workshop Theater, Teatro Chelsea, Telatúlsa, AlterTheater, and The Inkwell Theater. Alicia has been a a Finalist for the 2021 Del Shores Foundation Writers Search, Finalist for AlterTheater and La Lengua Teatro's Historias de Descolonización Commission, Finalist for Theatre Lab at FAU's Fair Play Initiative, Finalist for Texas State University's Black and Latino Playwrights Celebration New Play Development Workshops, and a Semi-Finalist for The Future of Playwriting Prize, twice. 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
    **NEW DRAFT AS OF 2/18/22**
    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...
    **NEW DRAFT AS OF 2/18/22**
    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. Worshopped with The WorkShop Theater as part of their Winter 2021 Workshop Intensive. Part of Stages' 2022 Sin Muros: A Borderless Teatro Festival.
  • SPRAWL
    **NEW DRAFT AS OF 6/3/2022**
    Seven years after graduating high school, Dee is still reeling from the disappearance of Laurel. Daniel and Veronica just want Dee to move on. As Dee begins a new play as a tribute to her, reality begins to fracture as the dubious ethics of bringing her back from the dead arise. Developed with the Company One Theater’s 2021 C1 PlayLab Circuit Volt Lab and with The Workshop...
    **NEW DRAFT AS OF 6/3/2022**
    Seven years after graduating high school, Dee is still reeling from the disappearance of Laurel. Daniel and Veronica just want Dee to move on. As Dee begins a new play as a tribute to her, reality begins to fracture as the dubious ethics of bringing her back from the dead arise. Developed with the Company One Theater’s 2021 C1 PlayLab Circuit Volt Lab and with The Workshop Theater's Spring 2022 Workshop Intensive.
  • Your Mileage May Vary
    **NEW DRAFT AS OF 8/22/22**
    Mayel has been inside all summer. When she's not too busy practicing her fencing skills, she's haunted by the ghost of her favorite Mexican character actor, Lefty González. As she ventures outside her home for the first time, Mayel runs into her former best friend, Alaska. Throughout the day, they try rebuilding their friendship over music, movies, and aguas de melón...
    **NEW DRAFT AS OF 8/22/22**
    Mayel has been inside all summer. When she's not too busy practicing her fencing skills, she's haunted by the ghost of her favorite Mexican character actor, Lefty González. As she ventures outside her home for the first time, Mayel runs into her former best friend, Alaska. Throughout the day, they try rebuilding their friendship over music, movies, and aguas de melón. Your Mileage May Vary is a slice-of-life about masculinity, duty, Mexicanidad, respectability politics, and learning to bite back. Developed with the 2021-2022 Rec Room Arts Writers Group cohort.
  • Flood
    **NEW DRAFT AS OF 3/2/22**
    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...
    **NEW DRAFT AS OF 3/2/22**
    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. Part of Teatro Chelsea's 2021 A-Típico: A New Latinx Play Festival. Finalist for the 2022 Del Shores Foundation Writers Search.
  • aislamientos
    Behold, The Protagonist! The Protagonist is but a mentally ill, Mexican, nonbinary, and a self-described loser stuck in a Dublin Airport bar after she loses her trusty pair of $5 headphones before boarding. A thousand miles from home, sit with her as she struggles with the complexities of human intimacy, white supremacy, shitty dates, and social isolation—you know, the usual. Funded by The Claude Beauclair Fellowship.
  • 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.
  • congratulations (10-minute excerpt from SPRAWL)
    Three friends grapple with the suicide of Laurel, a high school classmate.
  • Left Lung Punctured, Gored by Bullet
    A Texas highway rest stop sees the relationship between two old friends over the course of two decades. A sort-of love story at the end of a world.