Voices of BTM XX: Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro

in Blog, Boston Theater Marathon XX, new plays, short plays
May 3rd, 2018

Rosanna_Yamagiwa_AlfaroTell us a little bit about your play.

An addict of the Rachel Maddow and Stephen Colbert shows, I felt like writing a political monologue of my own: in a Trumpian rant a vicious old woman lashes out against her neighbors in a cul-de-sac, including eight-year-old Mexican twins, a gay couple, and her ex-husband.

What interests you about the ten-minute format?

It was fun rehearsing and rewriting with Daniel Gidron (director) and Stephanie Clayman (actor) in my living room. I wrote short stories before plays so I enjoy the fact that, unlike a full-length, a ten-minute play can be written in one fell swoop and then polished to within an inch of its life. I also like the fact that it is ten times longer than a one-minute play.

What’s next for you as a playwright (or actor, producer, etc.)?

I have almost finished what I hope will be an evening or a volume of monologues, old and new. I can’t decide whether to call it Seven Difficult Women or A Gaggle of Geese.

Do you have a favorite BTM memory?

I remember the early years of the BTM when there was an incredible crush of people moving up and down the small corridor between the two theaters of the BPT.

What are you most looking forward to on Boston Theater Marathon day?

I love it when the whole Boston theater community meets under one roof. I also love it when my daughter and granddaughter come all the way from N.Y.C. to see a ten-minute play.


Don’t miss Not A Playground—and 49 other amazing ten-minute plays—in Boston Theater Marathon XX on May 6! Tickets