Carlos Murillo

Carlos Murillo

Carlos Murillo is the recipient of a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award for his work in theatre. His plays have been produced at Theater der Stadt Aalen in Germany, Vígszínház in Budapest, Hungary, Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Repertorio Espanol, the NYC Summer Play Festival, En Garde Arts, Soho Rep, Hangar Theatre Lab, Theatre @ Boston Court, Circle X, Son of Semele, Actor’s Express, Salt Lake...
Carlos Murillo is the recipient of a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award for his work in theatre. His plays have been produced at Theater der Stadt Aalen in Germany, Vígszínház in Budapest, Hungary, Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Repertorio Espanol, the NYC Summer Play Festival, En Garde Arts, Soho Rep, Hangar Theatre Lab, Theatre @ Boston Court, Circle X, Son of Semele, Actor’s Express, Salt Lake Acting Company, City Theatre of Miami, Collaboraction, Adventure Stage, Theatre Seven and elsewhere. His work has also been seen at P73, The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Goodman Theatre, South Coast Rep, Portland Center Stage, Madison Rep, Sundance Institute, The Playwrights’ Center, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Chautauqua Conservatory, Annex Theatre, UC Santa Barbara, Loyola University Museum of Art, and others. His work has been published by Dramatists Play Service, Playscripts, Inc., Smith & Kraus, Heinemann, and Theatre Forum. Awards include a Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowship, two Rockefeller MAP grants, the Met Life Nuestros Voces Award from Repertorio Espanol, the Frederick Loewe Award fom New Dramatists, two National Latino Playwriting Awards from Arizona Theatre Company, and he is the 2009 Otis Guernsey Award winner from the William Inge Theatre Festival. He has received commissions from The Goodman, Steppenwolf, Berkeley Rep, Playwrights Horizons, The Public, South Coast Rep, and En Garde Arts. Carlos has taught at the University of Iowa, the Kennedy Center, and is an Associate Professor at The Theatre School of DePaul University where he heads the playwriting program. Carlos was a resident playwright at New Dramatists from 2007-2014. He lives in the south side of Chicago with his wife Lisa Portes and their two children Eva Rose and Carlos Pablo.

Plays

  • Killing of a Gentleman Defender
    In 1994, the world was shocked when International soccer star Andres Escobar was gunned down in Medellin, Colombia following his disastrous own goal at the FIFA World Cup USA. In 2015, Martin, an ambivalent teaching artist in Chicago is hired to create a play about violence in Chicago with youth from the violence plagued neighborhoods of the city. Caught between his boss' desire for a docudrama and his own...
    In 1994, the world was shocked when International soccer star Andres Escobar was gunned down in Medellin, Colombia following his disastrous own goal at the FIFA World Cup USA. In 2015, Martin, an ambivalent teaching artist in Chicago is hired to create a play about violence in Chicago with youth from the violence plagued neighborhoods of the city. Caught between his boss' desire for a docudrama and his own belief in metaphor, Martin unearths the Escobar story from the past to tell a city's story in the present. Tragedy ensues.
  • Your Name Will Follow You Home
    The young, reclusive novelist Danny Santiago came out of nowhere and took the literary world by storm. His novel, FAMOUS ALL OVER TOWN, was a gritty, authentic depiction of Chicano life in East LA told through the eyes of a troubled teenager. But is it authentic? And who is the real Danny Santiago? Your Name Will Follow You Home takes us on a wild, only-in-America odyssey to the darkest heart of these questions...
    The young, reclusive novelist Danny Santiago came out of nowhere and took the literary world by storm. His novel, FAMOUS ALL OVER TOWN, was a gritty, authentic depiction of Chicano life in East LA told through the eyes of a troubled teenager. But is it authentic? And who is the real Danny Santiago? Your Name Will Follow You Home takes us on a wild, only-in-America odyssey to the darkest heart of these questions. Charlie Chaplin. Communists in Hollywood. HUAC. The Blacklist. 50 B-Monster Movies. Architectural Fantasias. Fake Latinos. Jesse James.
  • Augusta and Noble
    AUGUSTA AND NOBLE tells the story of Gabi, a girl who has lived her whole life amid a vibrant Latino community in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago. But Gabi is starting high school across the city at Northside College Prep, where she is quickly exposed to new people and possibilities. As Gabi begins asking questions about her heritage, including the truth about her parents' journey across the border...
    AUGUSTA AND NOBLE tells the story of Gabi, a girl who has lived her whole life amid a vibrant Latino community in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago. But Gabi is starting high school across the city at Northside College Prep, where she is quickly exposed to new people and possibilities. As Gabi begins asking questions about her heritage, including the truth about her parents' journey across the border to the United States, she struggles to discover exactly where in this world she belongs. Told in English peppered with Spanish, this play for young audiences celebrates the rich history and resilience of the many immigrants who call Chicago city home.
  • Mayday Mayday Tuesday
    When Shawney's mother dies, he is taken by his mysterious uncle, who longs to recapture his past pop stardom. Across the city, a pregnant novelist seeks to uncover a mystery: is there a ghost in her new fixer-upper home, or is her husband having an affair? Next door, a wealthy couple struggles to keep up appearances while raising their troubled adopted child. Hiding out in a foreclosed condo, a sexy...
    When Shawney's mother dies, he is taken by his mysterious uncle, who longs to recapture his past pop stardom. Across the city, a pregnant novelist seeks to uncover a mystery: is there a ghost in her new fixer-upper home, or is her husband having an affair? Next door, a wealthy couple struggles to keep up appearances while raising their troubled adopted child. Hiding out in a foreclosed condo, a sexy musicology student searches for a forgotten musician lost somewhere in America. When a long forgotten record album resurfaces in Chicago, these disparate lives will collide with devastating consequences.
  • A Thick Description of Harry Smith
    A THICK DESCRIPTION OF HARRY SMITH, a proto-psychedelic medicine show, takes a wild ride through the life, work and times of filmmaker, musicologist, painter, anthropologist, collector, occultist and fabulist, Harry Everett Smith. Best known for editing the seminal Anthology of American Folk Music, Smith's peculiar life is an emblem of American bohemian life in the 20th Century. Conceived as a Prairie Home...
    A THICK DESCRIPTION OF HARRY SMITH, a proto-psychedelic medicine show, takes a wild ride through the life, work and times of filmmaker, musicologist, painter, anthropologist, collector, occultist and fabulist, Harry Everett Smith. Best known for editing the seminal Anthology of American Folk Music, Smith's peculiar life is an emblem of American bohemian life in the 20th Century. Conceived as a Prairie Home Companion style variety show, Thick Description uses reworked folk songs, radio vignettes of real, speculative and imagined episodes of Harry Smith's life, Foley work, and a wide variety of storytelling styles to reveal an alternative conception of American identity.
  • Diagram of a Paper Airplane
    The tragic death of playwright Javier C. and his mysterious final play forces a group of his estranged friends and followers to reunite after twenty years. Will they uncover the deep mystery that both brought them together and made them mortal enemies?
  • Dark Play or Stories for Boys
    A teenage boy's fictional Internet identity begins as a harmless game. But the game takes on a frightening reality when it's overwhelmed by real emotion. When the virtual world and the real one collide, Nick's fantasies of love, intimacy, obsession and betrayal spiral out of control, leading him to the brink of death.
  • Unfinished American Highwayscape #9 & #32
    Eight lone travelers journey the back roads and Interstates through the American night, grappling with their most secret thoughts in the dark as they escape their pasts and drive towards the terrifying uncertainty at the end of the road. Mysterious connections, dangerous dislocations and life-altering encounters shape this meditation on the myth of individualism on the American road.
  • Mimesophobia or Before and After
    They seemed like the perfect couple. Affluent. Attractive. Well-educated. Why did the husband brutally murder his wife and then take his own life? A desperate screenwriting duo struggles with severe writer's block to unearth the answer. The murder victim's sister reconstructs from the ashes a diary that may or may not contain the secrets. And a deranged academic, haunted by her own possible...
    They seemed like the perfect couple. Affluent. Attractive. Well-educated. Why did the husband brutally murder his wife and then take his own life? A desperate screenwriting duo struggles with severe writer's block to unearth the answer. The murder victim's sister reconstructs from the ashes a diary that may or may not contain the secrets. And a deranged academic, haunted by her own possible involvement, meditates on the American obsession with violence. In the face of inexplicable violence, whose myth will most closely resemble the truth of what happened?
  • A Human Interest Story or The Gory Details and All
    Somewhere in America, a man fantasizes about his best friend's wife. In another city, a young housewife momentarily loses sight of her children. Elsewhere, a politician relives a tragic second that forever changed his life, and a mother wonders where her teenage son got the gun. And in one town, a man watches all this unfold on his TV screen. A Human Interest Story is an unflinching portrait of an American...
    Somewhere in America, a man fantasizes about his best friend's wife. In another city, a young housewife momentarily loses sight of her children. Elsewhere, a politician relives a tragic second that forever changed his life, and a mother wonders where her teenage son got the gun. And in one town, a man watches all this unfold on his TV screen. A Human Interest Story is an unflinching portrait of an American obsessed with voyeurism that asks the question: Is the imagination more cruel and unforgiving than reality?
  • Offspring of the Cold War
    Marcus' mysterious new neighbor Miranda storms into his apartment one morning, demanding to know why he spies on her. Fascinated by Marcus' reclusive existence and his collection of antique oddities, she discovers a magic portal in a wardrobe. The two embark on a journey through the 20th Century in which they relive the tragicomic fates of a century's worth of star-crossed lovers. When they...
    Marcus' mysterious new neighbor Miranda storms into his apartment one morning, demanding to know why he spies on her. Fascinated by Marcus' reclusive existence and his collection of antique oddities, she discovers a magic portal in a wardrobe. The two embark on a journey through the 20th Century in which they relive the tragicomic fates of a century's worth of star-crossed lovers. When they arrive in the present again, they're forced to confront their origins and the meaning of their love in uncertain times.
  • Schadenfreude
    Elisabeth Nietzsche, caught between the two great loves of her life -- her brother Friedrich and her anti-Semitic husband Berhard Forster -- sets out on a wild journey to the jungles of Paraguary to found the colony of Neva Germania, a proto-Nazi experiment. Facing the choice between her ailing husband and her insane brother, Elisabeth fuses their two irreconcilable world-views, becoming an indomitable force in...
    Elisabeth Nietzsche, caught between the two great loves of her life -- her brother Friedrich and her anti-Semitic husband Berhard Forster -- sets out on a wild journey to the jungles of Paraguary to found the colony of Neva Germania, a proto-Nazi experiment. Facing the choice between her ailing husband and her insane brother, Elisabeth fuses their two irreconcilable world-views, becoming an indomitable force in earth 20th Century Germany.
  • Near Death Experiences With Leni Riefenstahl
    Farafra Oasis in the Western Desert of Egypt. A local restaurateur at war with an eccentric local sculptor -- an age-old bolo feud between Bedouin families. When Claire, a Frenchwoman with a tortured history of her own, arrives from the West with her own ideas about the future of the oasis, the balance of power in town goes off kilter. The characters, torn between history and desire, find themselves on the...
    Farafra Oasis in the Western Desert of Egypt. A local restaurateur at war with an eccentric local sculptor -- an age-old bolo feud between Bedouin families. When Claire, a Frenchwoman with a tortured history of her own, arrives from the West with her own ideas about the future of the oasis, the balance of power in town goes off kilter. The characters, torn between history and desire, find themselves on the perilous tightrope between prosperity and destruction.
  • Never Whistle While You're Pissing
    A young man returns to the United States after several months abroad. Detained at customs for a suspicious text he has in his backpack, he finds himself thrust into a Kafka-esque landscape where his immigrant father is accused of crimes he never committed. A tragic-comic tale of the American Dream gone awry.