October OSCURO presents playwright Joann Farías reading from Tino Does Time

Originally commissioned by South Coast Repertory, TINO DOES TIME won the 2000 Richard Hugo House New Play Competition, was workshopped at the Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, and was produced by Miracle Theatre.


A small-time reseller of stolen goods, Tino is arrested and placed in jail for 30 days with Rufo, a social misfit. There, in a run of insomnia, he hears the ghost of his suicide father taunting him until he attempts suicide but is saved at the last minute by his jailer. Meanwhile, the cop who arrested him falls in love with his sister, Magdalena, and pursues an awkward but successful courtship.

About the playwright:

Joann Farías is a 2005-2006 recipient of the NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Program forPlaywrights Miracle Theatre, where she wrote The Road to Xibalbá, which was produced in September of 2006, thanks to a grant from the NEA.

Her work has been read at A Contemporary Theatre (in coordination with eSe Teatro), the Seattle Repertory Theatre (Northwest Playwrights Alliance), Brava! For Women in the Arts in San Francisco, FringeACT Festival, A Contemporary Theatre/Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, Carlsbad Playreaders, and Richard Hugo House.

South Coast commissioned Tino Does Time, which won the Richard Hugo House New Play
Competition in 2000 and was produced by Live Girls! Theater in 2003 and Miracle Theatre in 2004.

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back, was produced by South Coast Rep as part of
California Scenarios and published by Playscripts. Las Tres Marias (co-authored with Marta Sanchez and Carmen Carrion) was produced by Mae West Fest and read at Bumbershoot and Miracle Theatre. Edward, CEO was read at FringeACT and is currently a musical (with composer Bernard Pack) and is tentatively scheduled for production at Live Girls! Theater. The Seattle Opera Education Department commissioned and produced La Casa Verdi and Orpheus Sings of Love.

Live Girls! Theatre produced the short plays Raul’s Last Stand and El Corrido de Manny Cruz. Cornish College of the Arts commissioned and produced a translation of Moliere’s George Dandin (with Chuck Hudson). Seattle’s La Casa de Artes commissioned and produced El Corrido de Manny Cruz. Her radio work has been produced by Shoestring Radio Theatre, Jack Straw, New Waves Radio Theatre, and KUOW. Literary work has been published in The Amherst Review, The South Carolina Review, and Dialogue. She is currently a coordinator of
Los Porteños, a Portland-area Latino writers group.

As an artist-educator, Joann Farías has taught—often bilingually–at the Miracle Theatre’s Pluma Nueva program, at Portland-area schools, as a guest lecturer for the Writers in the Schools Program, and for the Artists Repertory Theatre Education Department.

She has acted in plays by Shakespeare, Brecht, Carballido, traditional Spanish pastorela, and her
own work.

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