Category: Laughs in Spanish
Playwright alum Alexis Scheer’s Laughs in Spanish, produced by BPT in 2019, is the recipient of KCACTF’s Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award. The award includes a check for $7,500, membership in the Dramatists Guild of America and the Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis, an offer of publication from Samuel French, and a professional development residency, to be determined, in summer 2020. More
Review from The Theater Mirror
I’ve only visited Florida a handful of times and have never been to Miami. Each trip was to Orlando and if I had to venture a guess, true Floridians probably don’t view the world of Walt Disney as “real” Florida. I’ll have to take it on faith that the Miami invoked in Boston Playwrights’ Theatre’s Laughs in Spanish is true to the real place, but given that playwright Alexis Scheer calls the city her home, I’m willing to make that leap. There’s an energy at play in Laughs in Spanish, a kind of beat that you start bobbing your head to as you enter the theater. You don’t realize how easily you’ve slipped into the world of the play. It’s a world of rhythm and color and once you’re on its wavelength, the production hooks you with its many charms and keeps you in a state of frothy fun.
Part two of award-winning playwright alumna and Adjunct Assistant Professor Melinda Lopez's conversation with Laughs in Spanish playwright Alexis Scheer.
Melinda: And what does 'Laughs in Spanish' say that’s true to you? How is that play yours?
Alexis: I think it’s the most unapologetically Miami-thing I’ve written. For so long I felt it was something I didn’t want to even try to write, because the Latinx experience that’s reflected onstage and screen—deportation, crime, poverty—these life or death situations—is just so far from my experience. It was only recently that I realized that my personal narrative was also part of the Latinx experience, and there is space onstage for that too.
Melinda: I feel like what you’re articulating is this very familiar struggle for me which is, “Is my life interesting and do I dare lay claim to the capital ‘L’, Latinx experience?”
Alexis: Right, which I don’t claim at all—I’m just now turning a corner where I can finally claim my experience, which is a world populated with badass Latinas who make the rules and are successful. More
The first performances of Laughs in Spanish are next week, with Pay-What-You-Can Previews (min. $10) on 2/21 and 2/22! Tickets
Award-winning playwright and Adjunct Assistant Professor Melinda Lopez talks with Laughs in Spanish playwright Alexis Scheer about process, what’s next, and finding her voice.
Melinda: Talk to me about 'Laughs in Spanish'. Where are you in your process?
Alexis: Ready for an audience! It’s hard to develop comedies without them—they’re their own character. So I’m at the point in my process where I try to stop touching the play and just let it set for a moment. I’ve had my hands on it for a while now. We read the first full draft December 2017. Then I did a significant rewrite last summer, where I basically wrote a new play with the characters and world I had created in the first draft. More