Throwaway Kids by Isaac Gomez, Resident Playwright
Directed by Mikael Burke
Featuring: Tiff Abreu, Laura Fabien-Rojas, Greg Fields, Cory Hardin, Grainne Ortlieb, Bair Warburton-Brown, Maria Welser & Todd Wojcik
The sun is hot hot hot as the self-proclaimed Throwaway Kids hop trains and ride Texas skies, bouncing city to city, finding home wherever they lie their heads. But when newcomer Genesis joins this ragtag group of homeless youth, their entire existence is shaken as they are forced to reconcile with the haunted pasts that keep them there. Throwaway Kids is an exploration of power and control when adults aren’t around to exercise it.
About Isaac Gomez
Isaac Gomez is a Chicago-based playwright originally from El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. His play La Ruta will receive its world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre Company this fall. He is currently under commission from South Coast Repertory, Goodman Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville (Acting Apprentice New Play Commission), The Theatre School at DePaul University (Cunningham Commission for Youth Theater), Sideshow Theater Company, Steep Theatre, Albany Park Theater Project and StepUp Chicago Playwrights. His plays have been supported by Steppenwolf Theater Company, Primary Stages, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Northlight Theatre, Albany Park Theater Project, WaterTower Theater, Haven Theater, Teatro Vista, Greenhouse Theater Center, Jackalope Theater Company, Pivot Arts, Definition Theater Company, Broken Nose Theater, Stage Left, The VORTEX and Something Marvelous. He is the recipient of the 2017 Jeffry Melnick New Playwright Award at Primary Stages, an inaugural 3Arts “Make A Wave” grantee, a member of the 2017/2018 Goodman Theatre’s Playwrights Unit, co-creative director at the Alliance of Latinx Theatre, a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, an artistic associate with Victory Gardens Theater, ensemble member with Teatro Vista, artistic associate with Pivot Arts, artistic curator for Theater on the Lake 2018/2019, a steering committee member of the Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) and a core producer with the Jubilee. He is a professional lecturer at The Theatre School at DePaul University and is represented by The Gersh Agency and Circle of Confusion.
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