Eliana Pipes, a playwright, actor and filmmaker, recently won Arizona Theatre Company’s 2020 National Latinx Playwriting Award for Dream Hou$e.
The play, according to a press release, follows two Latinx sisters on an HGTV-style show. Selling their family home, they try to capitalize on the gentrification of their “changing neighborhood.”
“It’s true artistry the way Eliana uses the complicated relationship between sisters as an allegory for the past and present. This socially conscious play examines the tragedy of sacrificing heritage in return for economic prosperity,” said one of the judges, Chanel Bragg, Arizona Theatre Company’s associate artistic director.
Ms. Pipes will receive $1,000 and a workshop of her play at Arizona Theatre Company, the release said of the Portland, Oregon resident who is the recipient of the 2019 Academy Gold Fellowship for Women and the Leah Ryan Fund Prize for Emerging Women Writers.
Her work has been developed or presented at the NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Workshop, Ars Nova ANT Fest, San Diego Rep New Latinx Play Festival, Two River Theater Crossing Borders Festival, The Fire This Time Festival and the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival.
She has a bachelor of arts in English from Columbia University and recently completed coursework for a master of fine arts in playwriting from Boston University, the release noted.
“Dream Hou$e invites us into the unspoken and intimate world between sisters against the loud noise of societal expectations of money and success,” said ATC Playwright-in-Residence Elaine Romero in a prepared statement.
“The play suggests that giving up one’s family home might be akin to giving up nothing more than one’s history, one’s ancestors, and ultimately, one’s body. If America has an un-dream, Dream Hou$e reveals it with its artful storytelling.”
Arizona Theatre Company’s weekly Facebook Live program Hang & Focus Live will feature interviews with Ms. Pipes and others for ATC’s digital lineup at 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21.