80 minutes with no intermission
Please note: Our Dear Dead Drug Lord contains depictions of graphic physical and sexual violence. Recommended for ages 13+. As sensitivities vary from person to person, if you have specific questions regarding content, please call us at (212) 541-4516.
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In this fierce and feverish world premiere comedy from WP Theater and Second Stage, a gang of teenage girls gathers in an abandoned treehouse to summon the ghost of Pablo Escobar. Are they messing with the actual spirit of the infamous cartel kingpin? Or are they really just messing with each other? A rollercoaster ride through the danger and damage of girlhood-the teenage wasteland has never been so much twisted fun.
“As slumber party games go, trying to make Bloody Mary appear in the mirror is one thing; summoning the spirit of Pablo Escobar is next level.” - The New York Times
Photos by Jeremy Daniel: Rebecca Jimenez, Carmen Berkeley, Malika Samuel, Alyssa May Gold
ALEXIS SCHEER (PLAYWRIGHT)
Alexis Scheer was named “Rising Theatre Star” by Improper Bostonian in the Boston’s Best Issue and is currently featured on the Kilroys’ List and Remezcla’s 8 Exciting Latinx Playwrights. Plays include Our Dear Dead Drug Lord (world premiere Off-Broadway WP Theater/Second Stage; developed at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Off the Grid Theatre, and McCarter Theatre Center; Kilroys’ List, featured finalist at HowlRound’s LTC Carnaval of New Latinx Work, Relentless Award semi-finalist, Bay Area Playwrights Festival finalist, 50PP’s Best Unproduced Latinx Plays, 50PP’s Best Latinx Plays for College); Laughs in Spanish (developed at Boston Playwrights' Theatre and San Diego REP), Christina (developed at Cleveland Playhouse; Roe Green Award Winner) and Chosen (BCA She Said Festival, Sanguine Theatre's Playwrights' Week). She is a proud Miami native and New World School of the Arts alum, and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory and MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. She also moonlights as the Producing Artistic Director of award-winning fringe company, Off the Grid Theatre. www.alexisscheer.com
WHITNEY WHITE (DIRECTOR)
Whitney White is a director and musician based in Brooklyn, New York. Recent work: A Human Being, Of A Sort by Jonathan Payne (Williamstown Theatre Festival); What to Send Up When It Goes by Aleshea Harris (The Movement, NYT Critics’ Pick); Jump by Charly Evon Simpson (PlayMakers Rep, NNPN Rolling World Premiere); Canyon by Jonathan Caren (IAMA, LA Times Critics’ Choice); An Iliad (Long Wharf); Rita Tambien Rita by Tony Meneses (Julliard); Othello (Trinity Rep); and Br’er Cotton by Tearrance Chisholm (Endstation). Her original musical Definition will be part of the 2019 Sundance Theatre Lab and is currently in development with The Bushwick Starr. Her musical look at Macbeth and black female ambition, Macbeth in Stride, will premiere at the American Repertory Theater in Boston this spring. Associate Directing: Marvin’s Room (Broadway, Roundabout), If I Forget (Roundabout), Othello (NYTW), The Secret Life of Bees (Atlantic Theatre). Upcoming: For All the Women Who Thought They Were Mad (Soho Rep). Whitney is an Associate Artist at The Roundabout Theatre, and the current recipient of the Susan Stroman Directing Award. Past fellowships include: 2050 New York Theatre Workshop, 2018 Ars Nova Makers Lab, 2018 Next Wave Residency, the Inaugural Roundabout Directing Fellowship, and Colt Coeur. Acting credits include Oceans 8 opposite Anne Hathaway. MFA in Acting, Brown University/Trinity Rep. BA, Northwestern University. www.whitney-white.com
Carmen Berkeley is thrilled to be making her New York theater debut in Our Dear Dead Drug Lord. She previously starred in OutCast Production’s solo-show, Scorch. Carmen graduated in 2019 with her BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
Daniel Duque-Estrada's theatrical credits include the NY premiere of Recent Alien Abductions at The Play Company; multiple seasons with Trinity Rep in Providence, RI (Resident Acting Company Member); two seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; two seasons as a resident actor at the Dallas Theater Center; Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in Boston; CalShakes; and Shakespeare Santa Cruz, among others. Television: “Second Chance.” He holds an MFA in acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep.
ALYSSA MAY GOLD
Broadway credits include: Arcadia. NY Theater: Juliet + Romeo, Julius Caesar, The Maid's Tragedy (Pocket Universe), Middle of the Night, Lemon Sky (Keen Company), Brilliant Traces (Art of Warr). Film: Rebel in the Rye, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Taking Woodstock. Alyssa is the founder of Pocket Universe, a theater company dedicated to reconsidering and reimagining classic stories and conventions. BA: NYU Gallatin, MA: LAMDA. Proud member: Team SMASH. alyssamaygold.com
Rebecca Jiminez is honored to be making her Off-Broadway debut in Our Dear Dead Drug Lord. She is a recent BFA graduate from SUNY Purchase. Past credits: Leveling Up, A Chorus Line, Women Playing Hamlet, Henry 6, Bully, The Crucible, Earthquakes in London.
Malika Samuel is making her WP/Second Stage debut. Broadway: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Original Cast), The Music Man. TV: “Orange Is the New Black,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Chicago P.D.,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Good Wife,” “Person of Interest,” “The Big C.” Host of Nick Studio 10 and 2013 Kids’ Choice Awards Pre-Show. Film: Holiday Rush, Submission, Central Park. Graduate of NYU/Tisch.
YU-HSUAN CHEN (SCENIC DESIGN)
ANDY JEAN (COSTUME DESIGN)
Andy is thrilled to be collaborating with Whitney White on Our Dear Dead Drug Lord. Recent Work includes: Off-Broadway: For All The Women (Soho Rep), Good Grief (Vineyard Theater), The Climb (Cherry Lane), What to Send Up…When it Goes Down (ART/NY), Rags Parkland (Ars Nova), and Macbeth in Stride (Under the Radar). Regional: The Christians (Chautauqua Theater), Little Shop of Horrors (Trinity Rep), An Iliad (Long Wharf), Macbeth (Trinity Rep), Cabaret (PlayMakers Rep) Training: MFA, NYU/Tisch. www.andyjean.com
LUCRECIA BRICENO (LIGHTING DESIGN)
WP: Second Biennial Pipeline Festival. Lucrecia is a Peruvian artist currently based in Brooklyn. Much of her work has been in association with artists developing innovative and original pieces. Her work includes theatre, opera, puppetry & dance, as well as collaborations in several non-performance projects. Her designs have been presented at such venues as Oxford Playhouse (UK), The Public Theater, Arena Stage, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dallas Theatre Center, BAM (Fischer), Kennedy Center, Atlas Performing Arts, Berlind Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, La Mama ETC, Birmingham Repertory (UK), Culture Project, Pregones Theatre, Intar, HERE Arts Center, Soho Rep, Argyros Performaning Arts Center, Irondale Center, among many others. Internationally her work has been seen in Caracas, Peru, Turkey, Scotland, Seoul, Bogota, Norway, and England. She is an associate artist with The Civilians, a Core Member of Anonymous Ensemble, a resident designer with Pregones Theatre/PRTT and La Micro; she has also been a guest artist/lecturer at NYU, Princeton University, Hunter College and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. MFA: NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Member of 829
FAN ZHANG (SOUND DESIGN)
Off-Broadway: Behind the Sheet (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Trail of the Catonsville Nine (Transport Group), Scissoring (INTAR). Suicide Forest ( Ma-Yi & Bushwick Starr), Beautiful Day Without You (West End Theatre). NYC: Three Girls Never Learnt the Way Home (Cherry Lane), Tania In the Getaway Van (New Georges), The Mecca’s Tale (The Sheen Center), Interstate (NYMF). Regional: Seven Guitars (Yale Rep), Redeem (Cincinnati Ballet), Revolutionist (Pittsburgh City Theatre), Red Maple (Capital Rep). Training: MFA, Yale School of Drama. fanzhangsound.com