Friday, February 7, 2014

The "Genius" of Luis Alfaro

Award-winning and critically acclaimed theatre artist Luis Alfaro is one of America's most sought-after playwrights and solo performers. SCR is ecstatic to present his one-man show, St. Jude—“one of his most personal and powerful creations,” says St. Jude director Robert Egan. 

Alfaro’s works have been seen around the world including Mexico, Europe, across the United States and here at SCR. In many respects, he is a one-of-a-kind playwright, and he's the only artist to have won two awards in the same year from The Kennedy Center's Fund for New American Plays. More of Alfaro’s accolades include awards from the National Endowment of the Arts and Theatre Communications Group. He is the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, awarded to those who "show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work;" it is also known as the “genius grant.” Currently, Alfaro is Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s first Playwright-in-Residence and a professor at the University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts.

Alfaro returns to the art of solo performance with St. Jude after focusing on playwrighting for the past few years. His recent plays include Oedipus el Rey at Theatre @ Boston Court and Electricidad at the Mark Taper Forum. Alfaro told LA Stage Times that returning to solo performance “feels good, it feels like a return to form.”

“This is a rare opportunity to see this accomplished artist perform,” says Egan. St. Jude is a “poignant and a profoundly human play…about love and family.” Listen and sing along as Alfaro lets you in to his culture, art and family when St. Jude run Feb. 13-16 in Studio SCR.

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