Playwriting Alumna Paola Lazaro Brings "Tell Hector I Miss Him" to Atlantic Stage 2
January 6, 2017
Paola Lázaro’s ’13 new play Tell Hector I Miss Him is scheduled for its world premiere at the Atlantic Theater Company this month. The play follows the lives of twelve people in a slum in Old San Juan. It’s directed by David Mendizábal and was developed during Lázaro’s time as the Atlantic’s Tow Playwright-in-Residence The Atlantic is among six New York City theaters that received $75,000 from the Tow Foundation in support of a selected playwright, with a full-time salary for each resident and a full production of one of their plays.
“For me, having a residency means having the support to move forward with a vision,” said Lázaro in an interview. “As a writer, it’s sometimes hard to move forward because the creation process is rather lonely—most of the time it’s just you and your computer. The residency gives you a sense of family and community.”
During her residency, Lázaro was in ongoing conversation with the Atlantic’s artistic staff about the play, working to refine the story and get the script ready for the stage.
“When I walked through the doors of the Atlantic and met with Abigail Katz, Director of New Play Development and Annie MacRae, who is the current Associate Artistic Director, I knew that I had come to the right place,” Lázaro continued. “My play consisted mostly of Hispanic characters and revolved around a specific Puerto Rican community on the island. For me, it was extraordinary to see how these two women had responded to my play and had such an understanding of the world I was writing about, however different it was from their own.”
Lazaro was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and earned her B.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from SUNY Purchase College. She was part of the 2015 Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater and the recipient of an Arts Entertainment Scholarship Award from the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts for the pilot episode of her TV show, Trópico. Lázaro also participated in the Sundance Institute’s pilot Theatre Lab in MENA, held in Morocco. As an actress her appearances include To the Bone at Cherry Lane Theatre and John, Who's Here from Cambridge at Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Performances for Tell Hector I Miss Him begin on January 11. Tickets are available here.