From October 11 through November 3, 2018, Latino Theatre Projects and Producing Artistic Director Fernando Luna presented, in association with Theatre Off Jackson, Brainpeople by prize-winning Puerto Rican writer Jose Rivera at Theatre Off Jackson in Seattle’s International District/Chinatown. The production received glowing reviews.
“Director Fernando Luna deserves a lot of credit for the success of this production, which was a very challenging play to direct. I heartily recommend this gem, as it is fairly unique in Seattle and has universal appeal.”
Drama in the Hood
Brainpeople is a deeply psychological story of three women and the life events that haunt them. A wealthy Puerto Rican woman who is still obsessively grieving the parents she lost at age eight sends her armored limousine out into a violent, dystopian Los Angeles to pick up two complete strangers and bring them back to her home for an exotic feast and deep conversation. A mixture of comedy and chaos ensues when one of the guests, who suffers Dissociative Identity Disorder, brings along her crew of “brainpeople” and the other, a nervous, intelligent Armenian woman, reveals the source of her distrust of all people. The meal turns into an evening of brutal honesty and terrifying introspection.
The production was directed by Fernando Luna. The cast was Sofia Raquel Sanchez, Alyssa Norling, and Vero Lecocq. Katya Landau was the Dialect Coach. The design team included Alexander Winterle (sets), Michael Mrizek (lighting}, Jennifer Burkley (properties), and Constanza Romero and Sarah Schuyler (graphics).