Sep 30, 2021
Malcolm Diaz is a young man struggling to understand his place in the world. He uses his memory, art, and family to revisit his past in order to better understand his present circumstances. Throughout his reflections, he notices the bonds that have made him and the decisions that have changed his life.
Animated Experience Written by
Ashaliegh Carrington (she/her)
Nicole Klein (she/her)
Soundscape composed by
Jesse J. Sanchez (he/him)
Premieres Thursday, September 30 at 7PM EST
The Play Writers Festival was made possible by the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Ashaliegh Carringtonshe/her Playwright
Ashaliegh Carrington is a recent graduate from the University of Connecticut with a double major in English and History. She is a recipient of the Teagle Humanities Fellowship who has written for Yale and various online magazines. In her spare time she enjoys tutoring at New Haven Reads and watching various historical documentaries. (Ash would like to thank her mentor and former Director of Learning and Community Organizing at Long Wharf Theatre, Madelyn Ardito for believing in her and pushing her to become a better writer.)
Nicole Kleinshe/her Animator
Nicole Klein is an artist, designer, and animator from Rochester, New York. She studied Digital Media Design for two years at the George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design before transferring to Ringling College in Sarasota, Florida in pursuit of a BFA in Motion Design. She loves combining her passion for drawing and illustration with the more technical elements of design and animation. Her work focuses on themes of storytelling and personal identity. Along with continuing her studies, Nicole is currently a freelance artist.
Jesse J. Sanchezhe/him Soundscape Composer
Jesse J. Sanchez is a composer, playwright and music director. He is a sought-after collaborator in theatre, opera, TV, and film. Jesse is currently in residence as Producing Music Supervisor for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a Tony Award-winning organization that stands as one of the preeminent destinations for American regional theatre.
Composer/Arranger: O’Neill Music Theatre Conference, Round House Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Huntington Theatre Company, Hartford Stage, Alley Theatre, University of Texas at Austin, among others. Playwright/Librettist: Boston Lyric Opera, New York Theatre Barn, Arizona Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Choreography Lab, The 24 Hour Plays. He has contributed as a songwriter in multiple writing rooms for Netflix and is currently developing a new musical with the band, “Chicago,” commissioned by the Arizona Theatre Company, in partnership with BMG Music Group. Jesse received the 2021 National Alliance for Musical Theatre Frank Young Development Grant for his musical, Sueños.