ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Mon, Oct 17 – Fri, Oct 21
Performance Lecture Thu, Oct 20 | Bass Concert Hall Rehearsal Room
Austin-based playwright Virginia Grise discusses the developmental process of adapting Helena María Viramontes' 2007 novel Their Dogs Came with Them for the stage. In 2018, Grise adapted and staged the work at a medium security women’s prison in Goodyear, AZ with a team of collaborators from both inside and outside the prison. Six months later, the play was staged site-specifically under the I-19 Freeway in Tucson, AZ with a community cast of scholars, organizers, and actors. Created in collaboration with musical director Martha Gonzalez of the Grammy-Award winning band Quetzal, the concept album and multimedia concert tell the story about the destruction and displacement of a Mexican American community when six intersecting freeways were built right through the heart of the neighborhood. As part of her weeklong residency with Texas Performing Arts, Grise will discuss her process with collaborator Gonzalez to shed light on how their unique adaptation centered music (a mix of Mexican and Afro-Cuban rhythms, jazz, funk, rock, gospel, and R&B) as a driving narrative force, drawing on the theatrical possibilities of a concert and video to create a sonic landscape and rich visual world steeped in symbolism and poetry.