by Adrienne Dawes
Directed by Jasminne Mendez
Saturday, February 15 8:00pm
Abby, a precocious emo-goth teenager, orchestrates a surprise reunion for her mother Tanya and birth father Tom, with the help of her mom's fiance/healer John. Hoping to provoke long-lasting reconciliation between her parents before her high school graduation, Abby's plans completely derail when Tom arrives with his new girlfriend Alisha. Can this family confront their past traumas, "deal and heal?"
Teen Dad subverts popular regional theater "kitchen-sink beach house dramedy" to share a heartfelt, comedic exploration of generational trauma and recovery in a mixed race Black and Latinx family.
ADRIENNE DAWES (Playwright) Adrienne Dawes is a mixed-race Afro-Latina playwright originally from Austin, TX. Her plays include Casta, Denim Doves, Am I White, Teen Dad, and more. She received her bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College and studied sketch and improv with Second City in Chicago, IL. Adrienne has been an Alice Judson Hayes Fellow (Ragdale Foundation), a Tulsa Artist Fellow (George Kaiser Family Foundation), an artist-in-residence with Crosstown Arts and PlySpace, a NALAC Fund for the Arts grantee, a selected playwright in the 2018 Fornés Playwriting Workshop (with Migdalia Cruz) and in the 2018 Kenyon Review Playwrights Conference (directed by Wendy MacLeod). Adrienne’s play Am I White won the David Mark Cohen New Play Award from the Austin Critics Table and an award for Outstanding Original Script by the B. Iden Payne Awards. She has been a finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and a semifinalist for the Princess Grace Award. Her work has been published by Vintage Books, Playscripts, Heartland Plays, Heuer Publishing, and Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. Her full-length plays have been produced by Salvage Vanguard Theater (Austin, TX), Sacred Fools (Los Angeles, CA), and American Theatre Company (Tulsa, OK). Adrienne’s work has also been developed with B Street Theatre, TheatreSquared, North Carolina Black Repertory, Teatro Milagro, National Black Theatre, National Winter Playwrights Retreat (HBMG Foundation), English Theatre Berlin, and Live Girls! Theater. Adrienne is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Latinx Theatre Commons, ScriptWorks and a company member of Salvage Vanguard Theater.
JASMINNE MENDEZ (Director) is an award winning author, performance poet, actress, and educator. Mendez has performed her poetry in venues all around Houston, including the MFAH, Rice and the Alley Theatre. She has shared the stage with respected writers and poets, notably, Sandra Cisneros and Natalie Diaz. Mendez has been published both nationally and internationally and her first multi-genre memoir Island of Dreams (Floricanto Press, 2013) was awarded Best Young Adult Latino Focused Book by the International Latino Book Awards in 2015. She also recently won the COG Poetry Prize for her poems "Run, Irelia, Run," "Bounty," and "Return to Water." The judge, Major Jackson described Jasminne as a poet who "possesses a sense of the poem as sacrament and language hammered into song. One feels a passionate search for lineage and the sensuous turning of thought and imagery that leads to sanctuaries of silence and reverence." Her second book Night-Blooming Jasminne: Personal Essays & Poems (Arte Publico Press) is forthcoming in April 2018. She is the Co-Founder and Program Director of the Houston based Latino literary arts organization Tintero Projects and a co-host to the poetry and writing podcast series InkWell a collaboration between Tintero Projects and Inprint Houston.