Recent Alien Abductions

Sponsored by:
  • The Humana Foundation

March 17 - April 9, 2017

Run Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
There will be no intermission.

by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas
directed by Les Waters

March 17 – April 9, 2017
in the Pamela Brown Auditorium

Álvaro is searching for a lost episode of The X-Files that he swears has been mysteriously altered since its original broadcast, but nobody believes him. Could the missing episode be proof of a larger conspiracy? Years later, when a friend arrives in Puerto Rico hoping to preserve Álvaro’s stories, she must face the family from whom he vanished long ago. A darkly compelling tale about the danger of having no one to trust—and how families, and nations, keep circling the places that haunt them.

“…if you see one play at Humana this year, it should be this one.

Ben Gierhart,   Read the Full Review from Arts-Louisville 

About the Playwright

Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas’ plays include Bird in the Hand at Fulcrum Theater and New Theatre (New York Times Critics’ Pick); Blind Mouth Singing at The National Asian American Theatre Company and Teatro Vista (New York Times Critics’ Pick); and Sleepwalkers at the Alliance Theatre and Area Stage (Carbonell Award for Best New Work). Awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York Foundation for the Arts (three years); Helen Merrill Playwriting Award; Anschutz Distinguished Fellowship at Princeton University; and the Robert Chesley Award. His plays are published by Playscripts, Dramatic Publishing and TDR/The Drama Review. Cortiñas is the founder of Fulcrum Theater, a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, and an alumnus of New Dramatists.

Recent Alien Abductions was commissioned by Playwrights Horizons with funds provided by The New York State Council on the Arts.

Audience Advisory: This play contains strobe-like lighting, strong language, haze, sexual conflict, graphic violence and herbal cigarette smoking.
Age Recommendations: Ages 16+

Made possible by a generous grant from the
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The Buzz about Recent Alien Abductions

“…finely written by Cortinas and deftly directed by Waters…”
– Elizabeth Kramer, The Courier Journal
Read the Full Review from The Courier Journal

“It is exactly the kind of work that Actors Theatre and other theaters across the country should be producing.”
– Ben Gierhart,
Read the Full Review from Arts-Louisville

“It is an extraordinary play. Cortiñas has crafted arguably the most intricately-detailed script to appear on a Humana bill in years.”
– Marty Rosen, LEO Weekly
Read the Full Review from LEO Weekly


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