As epic as your first kiss and a personal as a Facebook poke, i wonder if it's possible to have a love affair that lasts forever, or things i found on craigslist, written by christopher oscar pena (Kennedy Center Latino Playwrights Award, Playwrights Realm INK'D, NYTW Emerging Artist Fellow) is a Big Chill for the millennials.
Still searching for perfection, a sense of purpose, and their high school crushes on Facebook, a group of 20-somethings still caught up in yesterday wake up to find themselves tripped up by their own faith. In the face of a ten-year high school reunion, the group are forced to confront their crippling insecurities and emotional baggage. Secrets are shared and people are "no longer in a relationship" as the personal becomes public in this gripping, witty insight into making it all work in web 2.0.
With a fine cast including Sofia Gomez (Angels in America), Michael Micalizzi ("Army Wives", Looking at Christmas - The Flea) and Dax Valdes (Orpheus - HERE Arts), with music by Jake Rabinbach (Frances and the Lights), ...things I found on craigslist is about ambivalence, connection and finding yourself - and love - in the internet age.
christopher oscar peña is a playwright from California currently living in Harlem. His plays include maelstrom, one of us, 5 letter word (or how orpheus became learned), mnemonic, point of reference, how should i address you?, ...and the rain... and the rain... and the rain.., and the collaborative piece X+Y=Z. His work has been developed or seen at the Public Theater, NYU Graduate Acting, INTAR, the UCSB Summer Theatre Lab, Theatre C, The Studio/ New York, the Ontological Hysteric Incubator, Rising Circle, The Flea Theater and the New York Theatre Workshop. Current projects include the musical (e)vaporate: a screwed up reinvention of orpheus & eurydice in the form of a made-up love song with composer Parker Ferguson, the play the suicide tapes, and with director Chay Yew is working on developing his plays maelstrom and icarus burns. He is also developing a new music based reimagining of life is a dream with composer/musician Kevin Joaquin Garcia (records and tours with Wheatus, Duncan Sheik, Gato Loco and others), and a new theater piece titled i wonder if it’s possible to have a love affair that lasts forever? or things i found on craigs list with musician Jake Rabinbach (of Francis and the Lights and Jump Back Jake). With Vayu O’Donnell, he is the creator of 80/20, a new series for the web launching this fall in which he will also be co-starring. In 2010/2011 he will be in residence with Terra Firma Theater Company and the Playwrights Realm.
His play one of us was awarded a 2005 Corwin Award, and his play 5 letter word (or how Orpheus became learned) was nominated for a Corwin Award the following year. He has been a visiting fellow at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference and most recently his play maelstrom was awarded the 2009 Latino Playwrights award from the Kennedy Center (ACTF) in Washington, D.C. His work has also been a finalist for development at PlayPenn, Rising Circle Rep, The Watermill Center, Victory Gardens and Mabou Mines.
A member of INTAR's Hispanic Playwrights Lab, christopher is also an associate artist with Diverse City Theater Company, Theatre C, literary manager of Monarch Theater company, and a 2008-2009 Emerging Artist fellow at the New York Theatre Workshop. In 2010, christopher was in residence with the Ontological Hysteric Incubator developing l(y)re through their Short Form series. He is currently working on commissions from The Studio/ New York, Theatre C, Diverse City Theater and Old Vic New Voices.
He received his B.A. in Dramatic Arts from UC Santa Barbara where he studied with Naomi Iizuka and holds an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.