Bio: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa writes the monthly adventures of the Fantastic Four and Nightcrawler for Marvel Comics and is developing a cartoon series for Nickelodeon, Punk Rock Angel Girl, in collaboration with the singer/songwriter Jewel. His first notable play, Archie’s Weird Fantasy, explored what would happen if the characters in Archie grew up and were gay.
Born in Washington, DC, and raised in both the United States and Nicaragua, Roberto is a 2003 graduate of the Yale School of Drama, where his Shakespearean romance Rough Magic, which transplants characters from The Tempest to present-day Manhattan, was produced. Also while a student, Roberto spent his summers working with New Haven’s Dwight-Edgewood Project, a youth mentoring and teaching program modeled on New York City’s 52nd Street Project.
In 2002, his play The Mystery Plays received the Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays. Subsequently, in February of 2004, The Mystery Plays was presented in England as part of the Old Vic/New Voices series before receiving its world premiere in a co-production between 2econd Stage Theatre and Yale Repertory Theatre (winning the Connecticut Critics’ Award for Outstanding Play/Production).
His folkloric thriller The Muckle Man was included in the Public Theatre’s 2002 NEW WORK NOW! Festival and then received a two-week workshop at the Manhattan Theatre Club (funding provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation). In August of 2001, the Source Theatre in Washington, DC, presented an earlier version of The Muckle Man, earning two Helen Hayes Award nominations: The Charles MacArthur Award for Best New Play and Best Actress in a Play, winning the latter.
Down in Atlanta, Dad’s Garage Theatre has premiered two of Roberto’s plays: the occult romantic comedy Say You Love Satan (in September 2001) and the gay comic book fantasia Archie’s Weird Fantasy (in April 2003), which was subsequently re-worked, re-titled to Golden Age, and included in the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre’s 2003 Exposure Festival in New York City. Say You Love Satan was a runaway hit at the 2003 International Fringe Festival in New York City, where it received a 2003 Excellence in Playwriting Award from Fringe judges, and has since been produced at Berkeley’s Impact Theatre (February of 2004) and Boston’s Zeitgeist Stage (August of 2004).
His play about the mysteries of deep space and alien abduction, Dark Matters, was developed at the 2003 O’Neill Playwrights Conference in Waterford, Connecticut, and presented as a staged reading. It was further workshopped at the Dallas Theatre Center in November of 2003 and the Geva Theatre in Rochester, New York, in March of 2004.
Roberto received his BA from Georgetown University and an MA in English literature from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
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