The New York premiere of a behind-the-scenes comedy about the burgeoning friendship between two Latinos of Mexican descent working at a ruthless Hollywood studio.
From the producers: Lucia is a tenacious novelist, newly hired to write for a TV detective series and struggling to find her place among a team of domineering white male co-workers. Abel is one of the studio’s janitors, compassionate to Lucia’s difficulties and generous with his opinions and personal anecdotes, which keeps them in an absorbing tête-à-tête throughout their workdays. As their bond grows, Abel’s stories quickly blur with those Lucia is writing for the show and they both find themselves in the center of their own not-quite-made-for-TV drama.
Author Tanya Saracho has written and produced for television ("Looking," "Girls," “How to Get Away with Murder”) as well as founding Chicago's Teatro Luna theatre company. Saracho was comissioned to write about her experiences as a television writer, which resulted in "Fade," based on Saracho’s own experiences as what she has termed a “token diversity hire” in Hollywood. "Fade" was first produced by Denver's DCPA Theatre Company. Here's an interview with Saracho about the play:
The cast features Annie Dow ("Song for the Disappeared") as TV writer Lucia and Eddie Martinez ("Sense8") as Abel, the studio janitor.
What is Primary Stages? Primary Stages is an excellent Off-Broadway producing company. Their 2007 production of Horton Foote's "Dividing the Estate" went on to have a very successful run on Broadway. In 2008, Primary Stages was honored with the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work. More here.