The Play You Want is a comedy that explores the divide between exploitation and acceptance – Fed up by the theatre world’s desires to box him in, Mexican playwright Bernardo Cubria sarcastically pitches Nar-Cocos, a play about drug dealers on Día de los Muertos. Much to his surprise, the Public Theatre picks it up. With financial pressures mounting and a newborn at home, this is his chance at commercial success. But when Scott Rudin offers him a Broadway run on the condition he further exploits his identity and the headlines, he must decide just how much he’s willing to compromise in order to finally be accepted.
The Play You Want was first presented by Milagro with Teatros Unidos in INGENIO Milagro 2020 as a live virtual reading.
Bernardo Cubría is a Mexican playwright/screenwriter who lives in Los Angeles. He is the winner of the 2021 Smith Prize for Political Theatre. His play, The Play You Want won the 2020 BETC Generations Award and was also a finalist for the 2020 Ingenio Play Festival for Latinx Plays. His play The Giant Void in my Soul was nominated for Best Playwright at the 2018 Ovation Awards, Los Angeles Drama critics Circle Awards, and The Stage Raw Awards. His play Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement will be receiving it’s world premier at INTAR in NYC in the fall of 2017. It was a Semi-Finalist for the O’Neil in 2017. The Judgment of Fools has received three critically acclaimed production in NYC, LA, and Houston, TX. His play The Redhead is Coming was a part of F*ckfest at The Brick in NYC in 2015. He is a proud member of Ammo Theatre Company in LA.
Lawrence Siulagi is a multi-disciplinary theatre artist and filmmaker based in Portland. As a resident artist at Milagro Theatre he recently directed ¡Viva la Muerte!, and designed sound, projections, and music composition for over a dozen Milagro productions since 2015. Most recently he filmed and designed sound and projections for Semillas. Mr. Siulagi is also a resident artist with Bag&Baggage Productions where he recently directed Troy, USA and played Sidney Bruhl in Deathtrap; he also debuted his play Sea/Sick for SoloFest at The Vault. He has designed for productions at CoHo and Crave Theatre and is currently in pre-production for Where The Mountain Meets The Moon for Oregon Children’s Theatre. Mr. Siulagi is originally from San Diego where he pursued a Bachelors degree in Dramatic Arts (directing emphasis) at San Diego State University; and film editing and marketing at the University of Southern California.