Octavio Solis Wins PEN USA Award for Drama
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
By Laura Brueckner
Congratulations to Octavio Solis on winning the 2014 PEN Center USA Literary Award for Drama! The 70-year-old literary and human rights organization recently recognized Solis for his dark, mysterious play Se Llama Cristina, which follows a couple who wake up in a room with an empty baby crib with no memories of who they are, why they're there, or what happened to the baby. Se Llama Cristina premiered at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco as part of a National New Play Network (NNPN) rolling world premiere that also included Kitchen Dog Theatre in Dallas, Texas and The Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena, California. And Theatre Bay Area was honored to publish the full script of Se Llama Cristina in the January/February 2014 issue of Theatre Bay Area magazine!
|Octavio Solis. Photo: Anne Hamersky|
The PEN Center USA literary awards recognize outstanding written work by authors in the western United States (living west of the Mississippi River) in 11 genres, plus a number of awards for special achievement. Solis will be honored along with other the winning writers at the PEN Center USA Literary Awards Festival in Beverly Hills, California on November 11. Solis will also receive a $1000 prize.
(Take a look: TBA editor-in-chief Sam Hurwitt interviews Octavio Solis about Se Llama Cristina.)
Solis joins a number of other Bay Area playwrights who have won PEN Center USA drama awards, including San Francisco playwrights Marisela Orta (Braided Sorrow, 2009) and Michelle Carter (three times!—for How to Pray in 2012; Ted Kaczynski Killed People with Bombs, 2003; and Hillary and Soon-Yi Shop for Ties, 2000), SF native Julie Hébert (for Tree, 2010), SF State alum Prince Gomolvilas (The Theory of Everything, 2001) and Luis Alfaro (for Body of Faith, 2004); the full script of Alfaro's majestic Oedipus El Rey, which premiered at the Magic Theatre in 2010, appears in TBA magazine's June/July 2011 issue!