Lester and Sue Smith Stage
Even Flowers Bloom in Hell, Sometimes
by Franky D. Gonzalez
Directed by Abigail Vega
Saturday, February 15 2:30pm
An examination of the inmates within a system trying to discover meaning in the face of isolation and doubt in one's own worth over a 25 year bid. The play explores familial ties, love, race, inmate-correctional officer relations, the passing of time, and the succeeding generation of individuals who deal with the challenges of trying to avoid a life of crime or resigning oneself to becoming a part of the system that swept up previous generations.
FRANKY D. GONZALEZ (Playwright) is a playwright and TV writer of Colombian descent living in Dallas, TX originally from Queens, NY. He holds a BA in Theatre from the University of North Texas and has had productions and readings with several theater companies and colleges in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex since 2011. He served proudly as the Dramatists Guild Regional Representative for the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex in 2018. Nationally, his work has appeared or has been developed with The Lark, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Repertorio Español, LAByrinth Theater Company, Austin Latino New Play Festival, The Mid-America Theatre Conference, The Midwest Dramatists Conference, A Light in Dark Places, PEN America's Inaugural Writer's Resist, and the One-Minute Play Festival with Kitchen Dog Theatre. Franky has won the MetLife Nuestras Voces Latino Playwriting Award, was selected for a MacDowell Fellowship, and currently writes for the television series 13 Reasons Why. He has also been a finalist for the San Diego REP Latinx New Play Festival, The Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation Playwriting Program, the Playwrights Realm Scratchpad Series, and a semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and runner-up for the Alpine Fellowship.
ABIGAIL VEGA (Director) Abigail is a producer, director, actor, and theater maker, who served as the first Latinx Theatre Commons Producer from 2014-2019. A proud graduate of Emerson College in Boston, Abigail previously served as the Director of the Artistic Collective and an Ensemble Member of Teatro Luna—America’s Pan Latina Theatre Company, with whom she performed with and worked in over twenty-five cities in thirteen states and four countries. Originally from San Antonio, TX, she is passionate about providing access, visibility and opportunities for emerging women of color playwrights and theater artists.