Christina Quintana (CQ)

Christina Quintana (CQ)

Christina Quintana (CQ) is a queer writer with Cuban and Louisiana roots. Most recently, her play CITIZEN SCIENTIST was shortlisted for the Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award in Playwriting and received second place for Barrington Stage Company's Burman New Play Award. In 2019, AZUL received its world premiere at Southern Rep, and in 2017 was selected for the Kilroys List and honorable mention for the...
Christina Quintana (CQ) is a queer writer with Cuban and Louisiana roots. Most recently, her play CITIZEN SCIENTIST was shortlisted for the Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award in Playwriting and received second place for Barrington Stage Company's Burman New Play Award. In 2019, AZUL received its world premiere at Southern Rep, and in 2017 was selected for the Kilroys List and honorable mention for the Arch Bruce Brown Playwriting Award. SCISSORING, which had its world premiere at INTAR in the summer of 2018 is now available from Dramatists Play Service. Other produced plays include: EVENSONG (Astoria Performing Arts Center), ENTER YOUR SLEEP (Yale Cabaret), and BLANK CANVAS (“Best Short” Downtown Urban Theatre Festival), and theatre for young audiences: FLOR TO SOMEWHERE, MÚSICA, MÚSICA, MÁXIMO MÚSICA (Peppercorn Theatre Company).

She is the recipient of commissions from Black Cap Productions, The Civilians, Palo Alto Playhouse, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Project, Actor’s Express, and Peppercorn Theatre Company, and fellowships from Playwrights Realm, Van Lier New Voices at the Lark, CubaOne, Queer/Art, and Lambda Literary. She is a current WP Lab member, an alum of EST's cohort of emerging playwrights, Youngblood, and a graduate of the MFA Playwriting program at Columbia University.

Plays

  • AZUL
    At age nine, Yadra left Castro’s Cuba. Now, as Alzheimer’s sets in, her mind returns to that time and place, and her American-born daughter, Zelia, brings family secrets to light. With her wife, Zelia embarks on a journey to understand the love that led her mother’s beloved tia-abuela to stay behind—and to better understand herself. Spanning two countries and three generations, Azul fuses music and memory to...
    At age nine, Yadra left Castro’s Cuba. Now, as Alzheimer’s sets in, her mind returns to that time and place, and her American-born daughter, Zelia, brings family secrets to light. With her wife, Zelia embarks on a journey to understand the love that led her mother’s beloved tia-abuela to stay behind—and to better understand herself. Spanning two countries and three generations, Azul fuses music and memory to ask: what is the true language of love?
  • CITIZEN SCIENTIST
    Kian, an actuary, and Neema, an astronomer, meet exploring the starfield for exoplanets and battling their recent losses. Together, they discover the planet Kepler-64b and learn what it means to be present here on Earth.

  • Scissoring
    When Abigail Bauer takes a job as a teacher at a conservative Catholic school, she is forced to step back into the closet against the wishes of her long-term girlfriend. As she struggles to reconcile her professional ambitions, personal relationships, religious beliefs, and internalized shame, Abigail receives guidance from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Eleanor’s devoted friend and lover, Lorena Hickok....
    When Abigail Bauer takes a job as a teacher at a conservative Catholic school, she is forced to step back into the closet against the wishes of her long-term girlfriend. As she struggles to reconcile her professional ambitions, personal relationships, religious beliefs, and internalized shame, Abigail receives guidance from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Eleanor’s devoted friend and lover, Lorena Hickok. Through it all, Abigail must find the courage to be unabashedly herself.
  • TOBIAS: a novel in performance
    Tobias was a real person; far more than footnote in one of North America's earliest-known scandals. TOBIAS: A Novel in Performance is a hybrid theatrical experience, melding the forms of narrative-fiction and playwriting to explore a distinct connection across three backgrounds: Mohawk, African, and Dutch. Tobias, as narrator, leads the audience though a gripping examination of the often-complicated lines...
    Tobias was a real person; far more than footnote in one of North America's earliest-known scandals. TOBIAS: A Novel in Performance is a hybrid theatrical experience, melding the forms of narrative-fiction and playwriting to explore a distinct connection across three backgrounds: Mohawk, African, and Dutch. Tobias, as narrator, leads the audience though a gripping examination of the often-complicated lines between power, sex, and love: both then and now.
  • Evensong
    Teofilo “Teo” Aguilar is a young Mexican-American gay man and member of New York City’s working homeless population. A Texas transplant with big dreams, Teo works as a bank teller, goes on mediocre online dates, and searches for stability and human connection while navigating the tangled shelter system. Using structural elements of choral music and conventions of theatrical magic, EVENSONG is a tale of survival...
    Teofilo “Teo” Aguilar is a young Mexican-American gay man and member of New York City’s working homeless population. A Texas transplant with big dreams, Teo works as a bank teller, goes on mediocre online dates, and searches for stability and human connection while navigating the tangled shelter system. Using structural elements of choral music and conventions of theatrical magic, EVENSONG is a tale of survival, growth, and faith in moments of loneliness and solitude.
  • Enter Your Sleep
    Childhood best friends, Glory Zico and P.K. Whylde, meet in a wild night of dreams to unravel their complex friendship, battle their sadness, and, ultimately, face a looming, dark truth. Throughout the wild ride, Z and P.K. visit their worst fears and challenge one another and themselves as they transform into figures from their lives and imaginations.
  • The Great Lonely Roamer & The Night That Changed Everything
    On New Year’s Eve, a polar bear arrives in suburban Texas in search of a new home, while his sister winds up in New York City to track him down. Add a raucous trucker and his pregnant wife, a first date laced with supercharged marijuana, plus a couple of newbie police officers—and a wild night ensues. A night that will impact the future of an entire species...
  • MR. SAN MAN
    M is a devoted Latinx sanitation worker, grappling with the decision to transition and facing the end of their relationship with their live-in girlfriend. All the while, the “epitome of trans* masculinity” provides comfort and chaos in dream and song. Mr. San Man is an exploration of gender and love, at home and in the workplace. What roles do we play in the lives of our friends, colleagues, and loved ones, and...
    M is a devoted Latinx sanitation worker, grappling with the decision to transition and facing the end of their relationship with their live-in girlfriend. All the while, the “epitome of trans* masculinity” provides comfort and chaos in dream and song. Mr. San Man is an exploration of gender and love, at home and in the workplace. What roles do we play in the lives of our friends, colleagues, and loved ones, and how and when do they surprise us—for better and worse?
  • Three Thousand Seizures
    New York advertising exec Petra Hourani battles her escalating epilepsy symptoms and impending neurosurgery. Haunted by her personified seizures, who is she with them and who is she without them?
  • FLOR TO SOMEWHERE
    Have you ever dreamed of flying your own rocket ship? Well, Flor can, but there's one thing stopping her. Before she can find out what it takes to explore the galaxy, she has to find a home here in her new town, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Hailing from Mexico City, and equipped with her invisible rocket ship, she embarks on an adventure through time and space. Get ready to blast off and join us in Flor...
    Have you ever dreamed of flying your own rocket ship? Well, Flor can, but there's one thing stopping her. Before she can find out what it takes to explore the galaxy, she has to find a home here in her new town, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Hailing from Mexico City, and equipped with her invisible rocket ship, she embarks on an adventure through time and space. Get ready to blast off and join us in Flor's search for somewhere.