Suppose you just met someone who didn't know your work. What project from the past 10 years would you direct them to as an entry point to you and your work, and why?
The Javier Plays embodies the aesthetic and personal obsessions that have driven my work during the last decade. Writing the trilogy, I sought to create a theatrical experience novelistic in scope that attempts to solve the unanswerable riddle, “what does it mean to be American,” from the perspective of its central figure, Colombian-born American playwright Javier C. Reflecting Javier’s vision to create a theatre of “Bi-Polar Realism,” The Javier Plays hopscotch across a wide bandwidth of forms – from the riff on the traditional American-family-secrets-play dramaturgy of Diagram of a Paper Airplane, to the Prairie-Home-Companion-as-proto-psychedelic-medicine-show of A Thick Description of Harry Smith, to the Russian nesting doll-like meditation on Latino-American identity and authenticity of Your Name Will Follow You Home. Yet together they tell a single, epic story – one man’s quixotic, tragicomic attempt to comprehend his role as a storyteller in an America that created him yet remains alien to him.