Ramon Esquivel’s work has been seen in New York City, Chicago, Washington DC, Seattle, Indianapolis, and Salinas, as well as in colleges and schools across the country. His first play, Dulce, was selected for the Bonderman Playwriting for Youth Workshop at Indiana Repertory Theatre. His second, Nocturnal, was developed at New Visions / New Voices at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and then premiered at Bloomington Playwrights Project. Its companion play, Nasty, was presented at New Plays for Young Audiences at the Provincetown Theatre, New York University. The Shahrazad Society was also developed at NYU, and recently won the Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award from the New England Theatre Conference. His play Luna was commissioned and produced by Central Washington University, and will be included in the upcoming anthology of Latino/a plays for young audiences, Palabras del Cielo, to be released in 2015 from Dramatic Publishing. Luna and Nasty are also available through Dramatic Publishing. Ramon studied history at Yale University, educational theatre at New York University, and creative writing at the University of British Columbia. He has taught in Washington DC, New York City, Seattle, and Vancouver. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.
Six storytellers, all female, meet in a secret space to convene The Shahrazad Society. Its mission is to read and share stories forbidden to them by authorities elsewhere. Drawing on classic tales like Aladdin and the Magic Lamp, Ali-Baba and the Forty Thieves, and The Fisherman and the Djinni, the storytellers refine the tales to highlight heroines, and change the endings to reflect their worldview. Defying the danger they are in, each member vows to find other forbidden stories that the society can “make their own." The story ends with the promise of another evening of storytelling, another evening of freedom. The Shahrazad Society won the Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award.
Running time: 90 minutes.
Three high school freshmen—Cisco, Ryker, and Rolly—sneak out in the middle of the night on a revenge mission to undermine the senior prank. But Cisco's childhood friend Amelia has other plans for the trio. With pride and reputation at stake, the four teenagers escalate a game of Dare to dangerous levels, exposing the group's underlying tensions and testing their loyalties. Nocturnal is a fast-paced, highly physical drama about status, relational aggression, and gender identity among teenage boys. It is the one-act companion play to Nasty, available from Dramatic Publishing. Developed at the New Visions / New Voices residency at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Running time: 45 minutes.