NPR Story About ‘LYDIA’ By Octavio Solis

Just found out Octavio Solis was on NPR a week or two ago:

Director Juliette Carrillo says one of the things that distinguishes Solis’ work is what she calls his “in-your-face emotional rawness.” He’s provocative to the point that some producers are scared off by his work, she says, and by his darkly hilarious subversive streak.

Solis says the literal border between El Paso and Juarez has its own presence in Lydia, but the border is also a metaphor he explores in much of his work.

“That’s so much a part of my fabric now, the way I see things,” he says. “There’s always a threshold one crosses, between dark and light, life and death, between one country and another, between one consciousness and another.”

Listen here (about 6 minutes).

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3 Replies to “NPR Story About ‘LYDIA’ By Octavio Solis”

  1. Wow. Thanks for posting this Tim.

    Hey, what did you think of the NPR title? Does “Rising Star” suggest his career is just beginning to pick up? He’s been writing for 25 years and very successfully at it. I guess it’s suppose to suggest that only now is he making more of a national splash?

    I guess I feel a little irked that they’re making it sound like he’s “just arrived,” when he’s been doing great work for a long time.

    Either way, I’m glad he’s on more people’s radar.

  2. I think the media thinks you’re either Edward Albee, Tony Kushner, Paula Vogel or “an emerging playwright.”

    They assume no one has ever heard of any playwright, no matter how successful a career they’ve had.

  3. I loved this play — saw it in Los Angeles. Beautiful, scary and complicated. And wonderful, poetic language.

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