Solo Play by Luis Alfaro
Culver Center of the Arts
Thursday, February 19, 2015, 7pm
Luis Alfaro will present a one-night only performance of his latest solo play St Jude. A play about caring for his father in the year following heart surgery and the ensuing lessons of health & healing. Alfaro’s play grapples with the painful process of hospice care, anticipatory grief, and generational diabetes.
I am watching my father. Splayed out on a gurney. But I am also watching my father play soccer. His toe got infected. The infection moved to his heart. It turned into paralysis. A poisoning of the body. I am racing down Highway 99. I arrive at St. Jude…I perform a monologue and convince the doctor to do a full “mitral valve” operation on my diabetic eighty-year old father, something they just don't do…
Luis Alfaro is a theater artist who works in playwriting, performance, poetry, short fiction, and journalism. A Chicano born and raised in downtown Los Angeles, he is the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, popularly known as a “genius grant”. He is also the recent recipient of a 2013-16 Mellon Artist in Residence at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and a 2012 Joyce Foundation Fellowship recipient. A former Resident Artist at the Mark Taper Forum for ten years, he served as Director of New Play Development. His plays and performances have been seen throughout the Americas and Europe. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California in the MFA Dramatic Writing Program; and he has taught at UC Riverside as a 1999-2000 Regents Lecturer.
This will be a special in-the-community performance event the night before the conference.
Support has been provided by UCR College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) and the City of Riverside