Middle of the World
by Juan José Alfonso
October 11-October 28, 2023
Run Time: ~90 minutes with NO intermission
From our first BIPOC Playwrights Festival, this story from an LA playwright is a new work BCT helped develop and is now proud to present as a world premiere!
On the verge of closing the biggest deal of his life, Glenn, an investment banker for the second largest investment bank in the world, steps into an Uber in midtown Manhattan. It all takes a sharp turn as he gets deeper into conversation with Victoria, the driver who turns out to be far more interesting than the usual person who takes you from point A to point B. She’s from South America but studied in Chicago as he did. She has a doctorate in economics. She used to be someone important.
As the relationship between Glenn and Victoria grows, we learn he grew up in the projects and now has everything he ever wanted yet feels deeply unfulfilled, while she was a leader expelled from power who now lives in disgrace, with her assets frozen, her family estranged and her pride preventing her from moving on. Yet, we witness her unwavering determination to clear her name and return home. Through protagonists Glenn and Victoria, we delve into conversations about social injustice, personal sacrifice, and an unfettered love for country that supersedes morality.
“Umaña …as Victoria was mesmerizing and filled with passion. Her character’s struggle between being a mother and being a political figure is raw and powerful; you could feel her hope, and also her defeat, in every moment.”
-Kate Jacobson, Boise Weekly [Read the full review here].
“A decidedly suspenseful, über engaging piece that burns slowly and intensely from beginning to end. Alfonso has this incredible gift of humanizing characters; characters who other writers might set up as stereotypes; as devices to be demonized or to be torn down/destroyed. But every character in this play is fully developed, fully human, fully flawed and ultimately vulnerable and in need. Yes, this play is full of intrigue, but is also full of heart. Brilliant work. Highly recommend. ”
–Craig Houk, playwright
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Playwright Juan José Alfonso
Whether it’s marketing to International sports fans or Boise theater audiences, Juan José Alfonso says, “You have to know your audience inside and out. You have to do your homework. You have to do your research. You have to be out there with them.”
Juan began his career in advertising agencies in New York and San Francisco. After being a media executive for decades, Alfonso told his own U.S. immigration story with his first play, An Educated Guess. When not writing or workshopping plays, he could be working as an executive on a Marvel Studios series like Agent Carter, VP’ing something at ESPN International, working on documentaries like The Clemente Effect and L’Arbitre, winner of the United Nations prize at the New York Festivals in 2010, or as an SVP of Original Programming at Starz on the political thriller TV mini-series Gaslit, starring Julia Roberts and Sean Penn. Worldbuilding. It’s his day job.
He is an active Children’s Bureau and Urban Compass member and an unpaid weekend chauffeur for his very active children.
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Wednesday & Thursday – 7:00 pm
Friday & Saturday – 8:00 pm
Saturday Matinee – 2:00 pm
Special Performance Dates
Oct 11-Oct 13, 2023
Pay What You Want Night:
Oct 11, 2023
Oct 14, 2023
Oct 18, 2023
Sat, Oct 21 matinee & Fri, Oct 27
Oct 28, 2023
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Section A – $45
Section B – $38
Section C – $32
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