FROM THE DESK OF
QUIARA ALEGRÍA HUDES
It all starts with a story. That's what we crave, isn't it? A story to reveal truth, a story to express ourselves, a story to escape for a little while. Theatre as an artform has a very specific way of telling stories. What I find the most interesting is when, where, and how a story finds its way to the stage.
Many of my works do not begin as theatre. They take on another form to start. Next season at Signature, I will continue my residency with my new play My Broken Language. This play is close to my heart as it is about my own childhood in Philadelphia in the 80s and 90s surrounded by my family's matriarchs. While it started as a book, I realized that this story could have a future in theatre.
Similarly, this summer, I will once again partner with Signature to turn something into theatre. Over the last several years, I have been creating a new project called Emancipated Stories made up of real letters from incarcerated individuals. I have collected hundreds of pages that are ready to be shared with an audience - together, at Signature, we will set those stories free.
My residency at Signature is a true partnership where my work takes center stage and remains pure to my vision. But like so many writers, I often think, "if my characters were real people, would they be able to afford to see my shows?" Because of the subsidized tickets through the Signature Ticket Initiative, I believe they could. So, today I ask that you consider making a donation to Signature Theatre in support of playwrights telling diverse stories that are accessible to everyone.
Quiara Alegría Hudes