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: Goodman Theatre (Playwright Unit, A Work of Art), NNPN/Kitchen Dog Theater (Ponzi, Edgerton New American Play Award), InterAct Theatre Company. Publishers: Samuel French, Playscripts...
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: Goodman Theatre (Playwright Unit, A Work of Art), NNPN/Kitchen Dog Theater (Ponzi, Edgerton New American Play Award), InterAct Theatre Company. Publishers: Samuel French, Playscripts, and Vintage Books. Her U.S. at War trilogy includes Graveyard of Empires (Blue Ink Playwriting Award/American Blues Theater, developed at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble) and A Work of Art, which will premiere in Chicago next season, and the upcoming Rain of Ruin. Her Arizona/Mexican border trilogy includes Wetback and Mother of Exiles. Mother of Exiles was commissioned by and produced at Cornell University. Secret Things received its World Premiere with Camino Real Productions. Romero is writing a play for Ford’s Theatre in DC. She 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

  • 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 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?