Hector Humberto Amaya
Houston, TX
Playwright, pedagogue, poet, translator, critic, short story writer, essayist.

He is an award-winning playwright who has penned approximately two-dozen plays. Besides writing plays, he also writes short stories and poems. Additionally, he is an educator, critic and translator. In 2001, the Alley Theatre selected his play Fifty as one of the winners of its annual Houston Young Playwrights’ Exchange. Three years later, the same play became the first-ever student-written play to be produced by the University of North Texas’ Theatre Department. From 2005-2007, he worked on a translation of Lope de Vega’s sixteenth-century play Castelvines y Monteses, which he saw performed by UNT’s Theatre Department in 2005 and two years later by the historic Rose Theatre in London. Some of his other plays have been produced in Houston and Dallas. He is a member of Theatre Communications Group, Scriptworks, and The Dramatists Guild of America. 


by Hector Humberto Amaya

When the curtain rises to unveil this three-decade spanning experimental play, the year is 2027. Ten years prior, the Spanish in America Prohibition Act had been passed, unleashing the horrendous events that are dramatized in the play. As the play unfolds, the audience witnesses the fact that the United States of America has become a dictatorship where persecutions, imprisonments, and massacres are on the rise. By the time the curtain falls, a genocide will have been staged. In the middle of it all, the audience encounters immigration, racism, hatred, intolerance, separation of families, and uncertainty. Furthermore, the United States now houses a dystopian society where Latinos have become social invalids living in corners and boxes; who are stuck on multi-colored walls; and whose half of their tongue has been amputated as deemed by the law.

The play photographs the story of a family under house arrest in the near future whose life is forever changed by the incarceration of one of their loved ones, who makes the error of speaking Spanish in a society that has lawfully made it a criminal act to speak Spanish. The play catalogs a daughter who’s dismissive of her Afro-Latino heritage; another daughter who becomes politically involved in the decision-making process of her adopted country; a father who protects, condemns and rebels; a Good Samaritan who educates and inspires in order to bring an end to oppression and make history; and a bloodthirsty man who severely stains his political legacy with the blood of those who do not have a voice.

5 W, 3 M