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St. Jude marks the return to South Coast Repertory of playwright, performer and activist Luis Alfaro to South Coast Repertory. He previously had a handful of his plays developed in our Hispanic Playwrights Project (1986-2004) including Bitter Homes and Gardens (1992), Straight as a Line (1994), California Scenarios (2001) and Electricidad (2002). He also directed the Pacific Playwrights Festival reading of Lupe, Now! by Jonathan Ceniceroz in 1999.
His one-man show, St. Jude will be presented as a part of SCR’s Studio SCR series, Feb. 13-16.
St. Jude is—in Alfaro’s words—“going from ‘what I am’ to ‘who I was.’” The play confronts the subjects of grief and loss, with Alfaro coming to terms with his father’s illness and then death. The narrative of St. Jude derives from essays Alfaro wrote while his father was receiving treatment at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, Calif. The play is an emotional journey that travels from Highway 99 to Alfaro’s hometown in the central valley of California. Every stop is a conjured memory from his youth with the journey ending at St. Jude Hospital. The journey is funny, tragic and surprising.
In addition to bringing St. Jude to SCR, Alfaro is also one of SCR’s commissioned playwrights a part of the CrossRoads Commissioning Project, a community-based initiative that has eight playwrights, creating new plays inspired by the artistic and cultural diversity of Orange County.
St. Jude will be performed as a part of Studio SCR, Feb. 13-16, 2014. Get your tickets here.