Interviews

José Casas

October 24, 2021

As Halloween approaches, Adventure invites playwright José Casas to discuss how he re-envisioned the classic Gothic tale of Frankenstein in his new play, Gurl Frankenstein! In Frankie: The Untold Story of A Gurl Frankenstein, super smart Francesca Frankenstein struggles with being accepted. She feels like a freak because she has no real friends and is ignored at school by all the kids. She feels ugly . . . like a monster. Then, one day, she decides to build a monster/creature for the science fair, but when her experiment backfires and creature causes fear and panic, her creation convinces her that she may be more than what she thinks.

José will also discuss how he is working with a cohort of diverse writers on a mission to re-envision super hero myths through the BIPOC Super Hero project.

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Meet the guests

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José Casas

José Casas is a playwright and Assistant Professor who heads the Playwriting Minor in the Department of Theatre & Drama at the University of Michigan. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild as well as a Board Member of Children’s Theatre Foundation of America. He has a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a MA in Theatre Arts from California State University, Los Angeles, and a MFA in Playwriting from Arizona State. His plays include la rosa grows beyond the wall, all brown all chingon, aDoBe, a million whispers all at once, the vine, la ofrenda and somebody’s children and Flint. His work has been included in a number of anthologies such as The Bully Plays, Ethnodrama: An Anthology of Reality Theatre, and Theatre for Youth II: More Plays With Mature Themes. His published work includes la ofrenda, 14, somebody’s children, and Palabras del Cielo: An Exploration of Latina/o Theatre for Young Audiences which was awarded the American Alliance of Theatre and Education’s Distinguished Book Award. His plays, la ofrenda and somebody’s children were awarded both the Bonderman National Playwriting Award and the American Alliance of Theatre and Education’s Distinguished Play Award.

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