PHOENIX and TUCSON, ARIZ.: Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) will produce RomeroFest, a celebration of works by playwright-in-residence Elaine Romero, throughout the month of March. The festival, which is being produced in collaboration with the Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre and Winding Road Theater Ensemble, both in Tucson, will present digital works by companies across the U.S. and Mexico.
“Elaine Romero is an internationally produced and recognized playwright who chose to make Tucson her home,” ATC artistic director Sean Daniels said in a statement. “She has been playwright-in-residence at ATC for over 20 years. It’s time for us to start celebrating the artists that are here.”
In addition to ATC, Scoundrel & Scamp, and Winding Road Ensemble, participating theatre companies include Foro Shakespeare in Mexico City; Artists Repertory Theatre and Teatro Milagro in Portland, Ore.; Seven Devils Playwrights Conference in New York; Colorado College; the Justice Theater Project in Raleigh, N.C.; the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television; and InterAct Theatre Company and Theatre Ariel in Philadelphia.
Romero has been a playwright-in-residence at ATC since 1998 and is an associate professor the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television. Her work has been produced at the Kennedy Center and the Actors Theatre of Louisville, among others.
“I could not be more honored, humbled, and brought to the kind of tears that only true acknowledgment brings by Sean Daniels dreaming up RomeroFest,” Romero said in a statement. “It is hard to comprehend this recognition and elevation of my life’s work at a time when we find ourselves working daily on the festival during the most perilous political and pandemic times.”
RomeroFest will open March 1 with a digital town-hall panel discussion. Each participating theatre will announce the viewing platforms on which productions can be seen, and the full list of plays and schedules will be announced on the ATC website later this month.
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