Elaine Romero

Elaine Romero

ELAINE ROMERO Award-winning playwright Elaine Romero has had her plays presented at the Alley Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Kennedy Center, across the U.S. and abroad. Recent commissions: Modern Slave (Ford's Theatre), Title IX (Arizona Theatre Company),Goodman Theatre (Playwright Unit, A Work of Art), and NNPN/Kitchen Dog Theater (Ponzi, Edgerton New American...
ELAINE ROMERO Award-winning playwright Elaine Romero has had her plays presented at the Alley Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Kennedy Center, across the U.S. and abroad. Recent commissions: Modern Slave (Ford's Theatre), Title IX (Arizona Theatre Company),Goodman Theatre (Playwright Unit, A Work of Art), and NNPN/Kitchen Dog Theater (Ponzi, Edgerton New American Play Award). Publishers: Samuel French, Playscripts, and Vintage Books. From the U.S. at War trilogy: Graveyard of Empires (Blue Ink Playwriting Award/American Blues Theater) premiered at 16th Street Theater in 2015 alongside, A Work of Art, which premiered at Chicago Dramatists in conjunction with the Goodman Theatre. The third play of the trilogy is tentatively titled, Rain of Ruin. Her Arizona/Mexican border trilogy includes Wetback, Mother of Exiles, and Title IX. Mother of Exiles was commissioned by and produced at Cornell University. Modern Slave was given staged readings at Victory Gardens Theater and at the Road Theatre in Los Angeles in 2016. Her short play, Swastika, was commissioned and produced by American Blues Theater was presented at Irondale as part of Art in Resistance. Romero is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. She holds her MFA from UC Davis. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona and splits her time between Tucson and Chicago.

Plays

  • A Work of Art
    Sabrina lost her brother Kirk to the war in Vietnam and the course of her life was changed forever. Now, at a crossroads, she must do battle with her past and the ghosts that continue to haunt her. This new work about the burden that families are asked to carry is the second installment in the trilogy, The U.S. at War. Commissioned by the Goodman Theatre.
  • Modern Slave
    When Andrea finds a hand-scrawled note from a Chinese sweatshop worker in the pocket of her designer coat, she sets off on a passionate journey to free him. Little does she know that this journey to freedom will take her down a rabbit hole of globalization and the complicated world of modern slavery as she struggles to keep up with the world (and workers) around her.
  • Mother of Exiles
    A Princeton-educated Latina returns to her home in a border state to teach the next generation of theatre students only to have her good intentions hijacked by the politics of fear.
  • Title IX
    The third play of Elaine Romero’s U.S./Mexican border trilogy, Title IX follows a border family of Latina educators from 1972 to the present. Has sexism in the U.S. been eradicated or has it just found new forms? Does the right to equal treatment lead to that equal treatment or is it an insidious path to something else?
  • Graveyard of Empires
    Software Engineer Drew Snider has a mind that remembers every moment of his life. Maybe that’s why he can’t let go of his ex-wife, Shanti, and why he still remembers the software he developed for unmanned flying vehicles for the U.S. military. Their son Nathan grew up feeling inferior to his dad and volunteered to go to war. He once met Ramiro Enriquez, a pilot who never gets to fly, but fires weapons in the...
    Software Engineer Drew Snider has a mind that remembers every moment of his life. Maybe that’s why he can’t let go of his ex-wife, Shanti, and why he still remembers the software he developed for unmanned flying vehicles for the U.S. military. Their son Nathan grew up feeling inferior to his dad and volunteered to go to war. He once met Ramiro Enriquez, a pilot who never gets to fly, but fires weapons in the Middle East from a desert in Nevada. Ramiro is held responsible for the death of Nathan and his platoon in a predator-drone friendly fire incident. Will the survivors piece together a future while absorbing a wounded past?