Marco Ramirez is a first-year playwriting student at New York's prestigious Juilliard School. But the Miami native is already an accomplished, award-winning playwright (which is how he got accepted to Juilliard in the first place, clearly).
Ramirez had already learned that he'd be returning to the high-profile Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville this year. In 2007, his short play I am not Batman premiered there, winning him both the theater's Heideman Award, a $1,000 prize and national attention.
The festival again chose a short Ramirez work, 3:59 a.m.: a drag race for two actors, for this year's gathering. And Ramirez just found out that his play has again brought him the Heideman, another $1,000 and, quite likely, more national attention.
Though the play was presented last October as part of Mixtape at Miami's Mad Cat Theatre Company, it will get its official world-premiere Equity debut April 4-5 at the Humana Festival's special visitors weekend. Also part of this year's festival are the full-length plays Ameriville by Universes (Gamal Abdel Chasten, Mildred Ruiz, William Ruiz and Steven Sapp), Slasher by Allison Moore, Absalom by Zoe Kazan, The Hard Weather Boating Party by Naomi Wallace, Under Construction by Charles L. Mee (performed by Anne Bogart's SITI Company), Wild Blessings: A Celebration of Wendell Berry by Marc Masterson and Adrien-Alice Hansel, and a collage piece titlted Brink! by Lydia R. Diamond, Deborah Zoe Laufer, Kristoffer Diaz, Greg Kotis, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb and Deborah Stein.
For more info on the Humana Festival, check the Actors Theatre web site. And bravo, Marco!