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December 14, 2015

the living'life of the daughter mira

by Matthew Paul Olmos

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In a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the premature baby Mira looks to her Labor/Delivery nurse as a mother figure while she tries to survive her challenging first weeks. Elsewhere in the hospital, her teenage mother and uncompromising family clash over who is fit to even raise a child. Meanwhile, Mira's father struggles to keep a promise made to his daughter nine months earlier on a mysterious beach, in an aging Chevy Blue Cassanova van.

Winner of the Arizona Theatre Company's 2015 National Latino Playwriting Award (NLPA).

Meet The Writer

Matthew Paul Olmos

Matthew Paul Olmos was born and raised in Los Angeles to a police officer and labor/delivery nurse. He is a three-time Sundance Institute Fellowship/Residency recipient (2014 Lab, 2013 UCROSS, 2009 Time Warner Storytelling Fellow), New Dramatists Resident Playwright, the 2012 Princess Grace Awardee in Playwriting and was named by Sam Shepard as the inaugural recipient of the La MaMa e.t.c.'s Ellen Stewart Emerging Playwright Award. Mr. Olmos is a 2014 Dramatists Guild Fellow, a 2013 New York Theatre Workshop fellow; Primary Stages Writer's Group, Ensemble Studio Theater lifetime member; terraNOVA Groundbreaker Playwright, Rising Circle Playwright, INTAR Theater H.P.R.L Writer, and Brooklyn Arts Exchange Resident Artist. He has also been a two-time Resident Artist at Mabou Mines/Suite (mentored by Ruth Maleczech); awarded the "Top Prize of the Americas" by the BBC 2011 International Playwriting Competition for his play The Nature of Captivity; which has been published by Samuel French. Awarded the Sundance Institute Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship for his play i put the fear of mexico in'em; which produced in Chicago by Teatro Vista in 2012; it was also on the syllabus at a Rutger's University undergraduate course taught by Caridad Svich; it has also been published by NoPassport Press and Samuel French. He is currently working on a new work about American nationalism; and the third play in his 3-play cycle so go the ghosts of méxico, which focuses on the U.S./México drug wars. The first play in this cycle was produced by La MaMa e.t.c in the spring of 2013, directed by Meiyin Wang and has since premiered in Mexico, and the Spanish translation premiered in New York City in 2014. At The Lark, Matthew has been nominated for the PoNY Fellowship and participated in the New York Stage and Film and Monthly Meeting of the Minds programs; as well as several selection committees. Matthew is currently in residence at Baryshnikov Arts Center with director Lee Sunday Evans and composer Marios Aristopoulos developing so go the ghosts of méxico, part two. For more information: www.matthewpaulolmos.com.