17: Our Bodies, Yourselves


T-17 DAYS to Kickstarter Launch! 

Today we announce the first of the plays to be published in our Pilot Issue—Our Bodies, Yourselves by Elaine Romero! Set at a hot spring in the New Mexican desert, Elaine's piece reflects on native land and identity, and personal and cultural relationships to women's naked bodies. Our Bodies, Yourselves will be accompanied by a piece illuminating the story behind writing this piece for a commission, and the nature of nudity on stage in this day and age.


Elaine Romero is an award-winning U.S. playwright. Her plays have been presented across the U.S. and abroad, and widely published and anthologized. Graveyard of Empires and A Work of Art recently premiered in Chicago. Title IX was included in the 2017 Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. Modern Slave was presented at the 2017 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference where Romero was the Featured Playwright. Modern Slave was given a reading in Seattle in a collaboration between eSe Teatro and A Contemporary Theatre. It received previous readings at Victory Gardens and The Road Theatre. Her short play, Revoluciones, was produced in Spanish at the 2017 Encuentro de las Americas by the Mexico City Theatre Company, Foro Shakespeare, under the direction of Bruno Birchir. Romero’s work has been published by Samuel French, Playscripts, Simon and Schuster, among others. Elaine is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona in the School of Theatre, Film, and Television. She splits her  time between Tucson and Chicago. She is a long-time Playwright-in-Residence at Arizona Theatre Company where she champions Latinx artists.