Tanya Saracho

Plays written by Tanya Saracho



Our Lady of the Underpass – (2M 4W) The same week that Rome announced a new Pope, a woman driving home from work spotted an image of the Virgin Mary on a discolored wall of the Fullerton Avenue underpass. Inspired by real life interviews, playwright Tanya Saracho renders the voices of those who were drawn to that wall, exploring issues of faith and desire in present day Chicago.

Enfrascada (A Jarring Comedy of Hoodoo Proportions) – (5W) When Alicia’s world is turned upside down, she and her friends mine the underworlds of Brujeria, Santeria and Hoodoo searching for that thing that will put it all back, the way it used to be.

Mala Hierba – (4W) Liliana has a sparkle few can deny and no one can resist. The trophy wife of a border magnate living in Texas, she’s seemingly impeccable. But beneath that polished exterior lies a fierce determination to survive at any cost. When Liliana’s true desires break the surface, she’ll have to decide between the value of obligation versus the price of freedom.

El Nogalar – (1M 4W) The play is a retelling of Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard set in the midst of the Mexican Drug Wars.

The Tenth Muse – (7W) In a lively 18th-century convent in colonial Mexico, young nuns and servants unearth a hidden play written by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, a nun and famous intellectual who died 20 years earlier after falling out of favor with the church. At night, behind the back of the Mother Superior, they act out Sor Juana’s ribald farce, revealing her blazing, blasphemous talent…and discovering their own complex bonds of sisterhood.


Tanya Saracho was born in Sinaloa, México. Named “Best New Playwright of 2010” by Chicago Magazine, she is a new Ensemble Member at the Tony Award winning Victory Gardens Theater, in the playwright’s unit at the Mark Taper Forum, a resident playwright emerita at Chicago Dramatists, a Goodman Theatre Fellow at the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago, the founder of the Ñ Project, the producer and director of ALTA and founder and former Artistic Director of Teatro Luna: Chicago’s All-Latina Theater. Her plays have been seen at The Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theater, Teatro Vista, Teatro Luna, Fountain Theater, Clubbed Thumb, NEXT Theater and 16th Street Theater. They include: Enfrascada; El Nogalar (inspired by The Cherry Orchard); an adaptation of The House on Mango Street for Steppenwolf; Our Lady of the Underpass; Surface Day; Jarred (A Hoodoo Comedy); Kita y Fernanda, and Quita Mitos.


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