Lunatic 19’s: A Deportational Road Trip
Recovering from a serious car crash, Gracie, an undocumented Latina worker from Kentucky, is tracked down to her hospital bed by immigration enforcement officer Alec. Dragged from the hospital, she is chained and forced into a van to begin the long journey to deportation…
With coruscating humor and caustic observation, Lunatic 19’s captures the human stories at the heart of the current debate about migration and refugees, and the brutal surrealism of jailer and prisoner bound together on a road trip to exile and new beginnings.
Tegan McLeod – Playwright:
Playwright Tegan McLeod was born in Iowa City, Iowa. She later moved to the UK where she went on to study English at Oxford University. She began acting with the National Youth Theatre and her first play Never Such Rain, written at age 18, was a runner-up in the Oxford New Writer’s Festival. Upon graduating, Tegan became one of only two playwrights, internationally, to be awarded a full scholarship to the University of Texas at Austin as a Michener Fellow in Playwriting and Screenwriting. Her play Girls in Cars Underwater was developed at Center Stage in Baltimore, featured in the Ignition Festival at Victory Gardens, Chicago, and was selected for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center: National Playwrights Conference. Last year, her play Lover Think Lover was included in The New Group’s Spring Reading Festival.
Anamarie Dwyer – Director:
Anamarie Gallardo de Dwyer is Rachel’s mom. She is also a Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre at CSU, Northridge. She is passionate about directing productions and teaching courses that allow diverse voices to be heard. Dedicated to the education of future teachers, she works to provide and maintain a program of excellence for students committed to becoming educators in the K-5 field. Anamarie leads diversity workshops and institutes that explore what diversity means in the arts. At this stage of life, she is now “Nana” to seven grandchildren.
Kimberly Green as Gracie Reyes
Adam Duarte as Alec Herrero
Samantha Tan as Stage Directions