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Carlos Murillo

Carlos Murillo is a Chicago-based, internationally produced and award winning playwright of Colombian and Puerto Rican descent. He is a recipient of a 2015 Doris Duke Impact Award for his work in the theatre.  His body of work has been widely produced throughout the United States and Europe. His best known play Dark Play or Stories for Boys premiered at the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and has been performed throughout the US, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Lithuania. The play appeared in the anthology New Playwrights: Best New Plays of 2007 (Smith & Kraus). His other work has been seen in New York at P73, the NYC Summer Playwrights Festival, En Garde Arts, The Public Theatre New Work Now! Festival, and Soho Rep, in Chicago at The Goodman, Steppenwolf, Collaboraction, Walkabout Theatre, Adventure Stage and Theatre Seven, and in Los Angeles at Theatre @ Boston Court, Circle X and Son of Semele. His plays have been commissioned by The Goodman, the Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, Steppenwolf, and Adventure Stage. The Javier Plays, a trilogy of works, will be published later this year by 53rd State Press. Other forthcoming publications include Mimesophobia (Broadway Play Publishing) and his TYA play Augusta & Noble (Dramatic Publishing). Awards include the Met Life Nuestros Voces Award from Repertorio Español, the Frederick Loewe Award from New Dramatists, the Ofner Prize from the Goodman Theatre, the Otis Guernsey Award from the William Inge Theatre Festival, a Jerome Fellowship at The Playwrights' Center and two National Latino Playwriting Awards from Arizona Theatre Company. Carlos heads the BFA Playwriting Program at The Theatre School of DePaul University, and is a proud alumnus of New Dramatists. Find out more here

Six Months In
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Six Months In

Lessons from Carlos Murillo’s Residency at Adventure Stage

13 March 2017

Adventure Stage Artistic Director Tom Arvetis and Playwright in Residency Carlos Murillo discuss how Carlos’ perspective has affected the company’s goals and operations.

Making Augusta and Noble
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Making Augusta and Noble

Laying the Groundwork for a Residency

19 October 2016

Playwright Carlos Murillo writes about how he and Adventure Stage Artistic Director Tom Arvetis created an original play for and about the young people of Chicago’s West Town neighborhood.

Playwright Residency
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Playwright Residency

Why Carlos Murillo? Why Adventure Stage?

29 July 2016

Tom Arvetis, Producing Artistic Director of Adventure Stage in Chicago and playwright-in-residence Carlos Murillo discuss their participation in the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s National Playwright Residency Program.

Interview with playwright Carlos Murillo on The Javier Plays
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Interview with playwright Carlos Murillo on The Javier Plays

29 July 2016

Sarah Matusek talks to Playwright Carlos Murillo about his trilogy the Javier Plays, inspired by the life and work of the late Javier C.

Where Possibility Abounds
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Where Possibility Abounds

a 20th Anniversary Conversation with the 1995 Cohort of Jerome Fellows

3 November 2015

Jeremy Cohen interviews a group of playwrights about their time at the Playwright's Center. 

Carlos Murillo and Henning Bochert
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Carlos Murillo and Henning Bochert

Playwright, Text, and Director in US Theater

6 July 2014

Translator Henning Bochert and playwright Carlos Murillo talk playwriting and directing US theatre.

Interview with Carlos Murillo
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Interview with Carlos Murillo

7 June 2013

Anne García-Romero and Alice Tuan interview Carlos Murillo about his exploration of art and playwriting.  Murillo questions how storytelling and technology will merge together.