Rella Lossy Award Winner!
By Dillon Chitto
Pueblo Revolt explores the Pueblo Uprising through the eyes of a gay Pueblo teen, Henati, and his older brother, Cochni. Equally hilarious and poignant, the play weaves together history and Indigifuturism to examine queerness, family, religion, and survival.
“Initially, I was really connected to the character of Henati,” says Reed Flores, who will direct the project. “I'm also a Queer younger brother. But, as I kept rereading this play, I was really drawn to the language. A majority of the dialogue of this play is created in a sort of modern realism, how we talk today -- but then there are parts that lean into magic, into poetry, and those are the parts that really transport me to a different place.”
NEW VOICES FOR TOMORROW'S THEATER
Like our artists, our plays include works by the best playwrights of today--including Larissa Fasthorse, Lynn Nottage, Nilo Cruz--and the best emerging playwrights.
AlterLab supports playwrights at every stage of the development process. Each cohort of writers is diverse—from early career writers to award-winning established writers; from ages 23 to 93; writers from all backgrounds—and each cohort of writers chooses how to work together, supporting each other in creating adventurous, honest work.
In each AlterLab cohort, AlterTheater commissions one playwright to write a new play for and with our community. Commissioned playwrights work closely with our ensemble to create a story that tackles issues in our community, and that can shine in our unique storefront performance spaces.
An AlterTheater dream since our inception has been playwrights creating new work for our ensemble of artists. It took us four years: in 2008 we commissioned our first playwright, award-winning San Francisco poet/playwright Brian Thorstenson.