INGENIO: Immersion by Julián Mesri
In a typical apartment in an American city, a group of post-collegiates play out their varied malaises while a Spanish lesson goes on behind them. Rents are overdue, small startups are dreamt up, and medical school is bemoaned over. But it’s more than just post-grad ennui and foreign languages in the air. Strange things (and smells) are afoot, and soon their sheltered world begins to be taken over by another world (and family) in their apartment. Soon, the world inside the apartment grows as the scenes multiply and overlap in linguistic counterpoint, and two groups of people begin to understand each other less and less. In the midst of this cacophony of two worlds, when we find that our home is not what (or where) we think it is, we ask ourselves, who is invading who? A dark bilingual comedy about who and how we misunderstand. ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT Julián Mesri is a New York-based Argentinean-American writer, director, translator, and composer. Recent plays and musicals include Steerage (Columbia Stages), Red, (Sanctuary Festival, HERE Arts Center), The Gauchos Americanos (Teatro Extranjero, Buenos Aires) and the musical Bethlehem (St Paul’s Theater, Brooklyn Generator, BAX Space Grant). He has served as Translator for both the Lark US/Mexico Exchange as well as for PEN World Voices. He is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, where he was a 2012-2013 Emerging Artist of Color Fellow. As a member of Panorama Sur, his work was showcased at the Buenos Aires International Theater Festival in 2015. He was also the 2010-2011 Van Lier fellow at Repertorio Español. He was awarded an ASCAP Scholarship to the NYMF Songwriting Workshop and is currently an auditor at the BMI Lehman Engel Workshop. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Playwriting at Columbia University, where he is the Dean’s Fellow and is an adjunct professor of Performing Arts at Pace University. www.julianmesri.com ABOUT INGENIO After a national call for submissions, INGENIO returns for a third year, providing three Latino/a playwrights with an opportunity to develop their latest plays in an experienced and nurturing laboratory setting. Each play is assigned a director and cast, and after a week of rehearsals, the plays will be presented in concert-style readings to an audience followed by moderated feedback conversations.
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