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Mando Alvarado

Mando Alvarado is an award-winning playwright/screenwriter from South Texas. His play Basilica premiered Off-Broadway at Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City. His play Post No Bills received its Off-Broadway premiere at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. His new play, Diablo Love, had its world premiere at Central Park’s Summer Stages. They also produced A King of Infinite Space, a Hamlet/Pearl Jam mash-up and Sangre, an adaptation of Blood Wedding. He co-wrote the book for the bilingual musical A Yellow Brick Road, an adaptation of The Wizard of Oz for Theaterworks USA, which received its critically acclaimed Off-Broadway premiere at The Lortel Theatre. His first feature film, Cruzando, which he co-wrote and co-directed with Michael Ray Escamilla, is available on DVD and was distributed by Vanguard Cinema. He is a member of Rising Phoenix Rep, an alum of INTAR’s Hispanic Playwright-in-Residence Laboratory 2006–2008, a member of Company of Angels writers group, and a graduate of The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He’s currently working on Tyrant for FX.

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Mando Alvarado

2 October 2015

Jamie Gahlon interviews Mando Alvarado about the inspiration for his play Parachute Men, his writing process, and the challenges facing the American theatre.