Chaz Mena
he/him/his
Coral Gables, FL
See http://chazmena.com/ for my credits and full biography.
Biography

Chaz is a 2017 “Revolutionary in Residence” at Colonial Williamsburg, VA and commissioned to write a full-length play on Juan de Miralles, America’s 1st Spanish ambassador. He’s recurring as “Vicente Cruz” in Netflix’s hit show, Bloodline. His nationally televised, one-person play Yo Solo… , was distributed by PBS from 2012-14. It won the Freedom Foundation’s “George Washington Honor Medal for Media” and official, Congressional Recognition in 2014. Over 20 years performing at regional theatres of national repute, New York and International. Chaz also produces/co-writes independent films in partnership with Vanguardia Films, San Juan, PR.

Plays

by Chaz Mena & developed by Hannah Ryan

In one of the many hospice rooms in South Florida where people are enacting the final scenes of their lives, an 80-year-old Carlos lies dying. How to keep order, grace, and dignity intact in a chaotic setting where the past wafts in and out tying loose ends and unravelling others? How does space and time bend to work out past traumas, disclose long-held secrets and account for present conflicts? Ascended is fast-paced, employs multimedia, is funny and profound. Original music accompanies the piece.

Cast:
CARLOS: 80 years old, a South Florida resident. Emigrated to the U.S. with his wife, Carmen and son, Charlie. CHARLIE: 45 years old, a musician. LIMA: EARLY 40S. Top executive in a mid-sized bank. A NURSE: Double cast as "Carmen.” A dedicated hospice nurse. OSTROFF: Double cast as "Lima.” Eastern European who emigrated to Cuba. CARMEN: 76 years old, a native of Cuba. Emigrated to the U.S. with her husband Carlos and son, Charlie.

Successes

Workshop: Experimental Theater Writer's Workshop, 2019

2019, Ascended read at Gables Stage, Coral Gables, Florida.

2019, Ascended given a residency,  Atlantic Arts Center, New Smyrna, Florida.

2018, Ascended read at INTAR Theatre, New York City.

2018, Ascended read at Zoetic Stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center, Miami, Florida.