South Coast Repertory's second annual Hispanic Playwrights Project--the dramaturge program that produces new plays by Latino writers--has received 75 scripts from across the country, program director Jose Cruz Gonzalez said.
Although more plays (109) were received last year, Gonzalez said the quality of this year's submissions is higher. "We had a good group before, and this group is even better," he said. "We're also happy because not all the scripts are from the same writers (who contributed last year). We have 32 new writers."
The scripts will be scrutinized in the next few weeks, with six chosen for the July 6-12 workshop. The top three will eventually be given public readings and may become part of SCR's new season.
Lisa Loomer's "Bird," which was staged on the SCR Second Stage in November, and Arthur Giron's "Charley Bacon and His Family," the next Mainstage offering, both came out of last year's project.