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Milcha Sanchez-Scott

MILCHA SANCHEZ-SCOTT

  (1955 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, LLC  

The daughter of a Colombian father and an Indonesian mother, Milcha Sanchez-Scott was born on the island of Bali in 1955. She was educated in England until her early teens, when her family emigrated to California. A graduate of the University of San Diego, Sanchez-Scott lives in Los Angeles. Her first play, LATINA, premiered by L.A. Theatre Works in 1980, won seven Drama-Logue awards. DOG LADY and THE CUBAN SWIMMER, a pair of one-acts written in 1982, were produced in 1984 by INTAR in New York, and selected for TCGs Plays in Process series. DOG LADY was subsequently published in Best Plays of 1986. Other works include CITY OF ANGELS, a trio of one-acts; EVENING STAR, produced by New Yorks Theatre for a New Audience; and ROOSTERS, produced in New York by INTAR and the New York Shakespeare Festival. Sanchez-Scott has received the Vesta Award, given each year to a West Coast woman artist, and the Le Compte du Nuoy Foundation Award, which goes to a young writer with a unique voice. She also holds a First Level Award for American playwrights from the Rockefeller Foundation for 1987.

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below is a list of Milcha Sanchez-Scott's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Cuban Swimmer, The         Dog Lady         El Dorado         Evening Star         Latina         Regression 500         Roosters         Stone Wedding



Cuban Swimmer, The

Synopsis:
THE CUBAN SWIMMER, deals with another instance in which Hispanic-Americans use athletic skills to propel themselves into the mainstream of middle-class life. Here the action involves a young woman endurance swimmer who races from San Pedro to Catalina Island while her family follows her in a leaky boat. As they bicker and exhort her, she begins to weary and stray off courseuntil a spiritual and magical intervention reinvigorates her and she resolves to "dive into the Milky Way and wash my hands in the stars."

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1st Produced:
New York    1984

Organisations:
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1st Published:
in "Plays In Process, 5,12", New York, 1984
Dramatists Play Service, NY   978-0-8222-0320-9

Music:
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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  several radio voices

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Dog Lady

Synopsis:
In DOG LADY, the setting is a barrio street in Los Angeles, where a young Hispanic woman is in training for a marathon sponsored by a local church. Egged on by a dogged suitor, she is unable to achieve her best until the local curandera, or faith healer, a loony old woman who lives amid a horde of dogs, endows her with magic powerswhich enable her to run swiftly on all fours and easily out distance her fellow competitors.

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1st Produced:
New York    1984

Organisations:
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1st Published:
in "Plays In Process, 5,12", New York, 1984
Dramatists Play Service, NY   978-0-8222-0320-9

Music:
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Genre:
One Act

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  5            Other:  -

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El Dorado

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1st Produced:
Costa Mesa, California    1990

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Evening Star

Synopsis:
Working on a project for his high-school science class, Junior Rodrigues scans the night sky with his telescope, searching for comets and shooting stars while his shy teenage neighbor, Olivia Pena, stands dutifully by, hoping that he will take notice of her. Meanwhile Junior's sister, Lilly, Olivia's classmate, wrestling with the sudden, sobering realization that she is pregnant, wonders how she will tell their harassed, overworked mother. Shielded from the harsh reality of the streets by her overprotective, old world grandparents, Olivia is as hopeful and na´ve as Lilly is brassy and disenchanted, but when Lilly goes into premature labor it is to Olivia she turns for help and forebearance. And, as the action of the play moves toward its affecting conclusion, it is punctuated and commented on by the street vendor, a seller of magic potions and charms who acts as a link between the old ways and the new, and whose presence edges the play towards a mystical level as those involved seek his help in finding a higher meaning in the stark, earthly events that confront them.

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1st Produced:
New York    1988

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1st Published:
Dramatists Play Service, NY, 1989   978-0-8222-0365-0

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Latina

Synopsis:
Prolonged identity crisis troubles a Chicano after crossing the barbed wire American border

Notes:
written with Jeremy Blahnik

1st Produced:
Los Angeles    1980

Organisations:
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1st Published:
in "Necessary theater", Arte Publico Press, Houston, Texas, 1989   -

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Genre:
Comedy

Parts:
Male:  1            Female:  15            Other:  extras

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Regression 500

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1st Produced:
Asian American Theater Center, San Francisco    1992

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Roosters

Synopsis:
The setting is a simple wood-frame house in the American Southwest. Hector, a young campesino, is apprehensively awaiting the return of his father, Gallo, who has been serving a jail term for manslaughter. Gallo, who is obsessed with cock fighting, is a philandering, high-living macho type, who finds it difficult to communicate with, much less understand, his contemplative, questioning son. The crux of the play is the battle for supremacy between the father, who wants to exploit the fighting cock which his son has been looking after for him, and Hector, who argues that they should sell the animal and use the proceeds for family needs. Drawn into the dispute are Hector's sister, Angela, an otherworldly creature who wears angel wings and blots out unpleasant reality by hiding under the front porch; his lusty, profane aunt, Chata, whose overt sexuality is both fascinating and disturbing to her impressionable nephew; and his long-suffering mother, Juana, who wishes that her family would stop bickering and live in peace. Mingling scenes of explosive drama with moments of fanciful imagery, the play deftly blends its two natures as it moves to its conclusion when, in a theatrically magical moment, illusion and reality achieve a remarkable synthesis.

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1st Produced:
New York    1987

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1st Published:
American Theatre Magazine, NY - September, 1987
Dramatists Play Service, NY   978-0-8222-0965-2

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  3            Other:  extras

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Stone Wedding

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1st Produced:
Los Angeles    1989

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