Atacama: A New Play—Staged Reading In Title Wave: The 2022 New Works Festival

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May 7
at 2:00pm


a PLAY by

Augusto Federico Amador

Thirty years after the dirty wars waged by the General Pinochet regime on the Chilean people, Atacama follows two strangers, a mother and a father, who search the Atacama Desert for their buried loved ones and discover there are darker truths awaiting them underneath the hard sands.


Title Wave: The New Works Festival is an opportunity for playwrights to work on their play in-person with directors and professional actors. Selected plays will be provided with dramaturgical notes from our artistic leadership, rehearsal time, and a public staged reading in Sag Harbor, New York, followed by an audience talkback, spread over a festive several days.

New Works plays represent a broad array of voices, viewpoints, cultures, and styles. Selected pieces have had re-writes and development already, may now be in their third or fourth draft, and are at a stage where the addition of in-person creatives can be used to their full value.

New Works plays are stories we haven’t heard, make us feel joy and humanity, and take us on new journeys.


Augusto Amador was born and raised in Silicon Valley and is the son of a music composer, Peruvian father and culinary chef, Austrian mother. His previous incarnations include: numbers runner for a bookie, childhood trauma survivor, coffee house proprietor, car salesman, marble setter, and of course, long suffering waiter. Mr. Amador's background in writing comes as a nationally produced playwright before his transition into screenwriting with an emphasis on character driven, diverse dramas with dark comedy.

Mr. Amador is a recipient of the Disney/NBCUniversal/NHMC TV Writers Fellowship as well  the prestigious Humanitas Prize New Voices Award in television writing. His screenplay Rat Catcher finished on the TOP 50 Nicholl Fellowship Screenplays and his plays have been finalists for the Carlo Annoni International Dramaturgical Prize, the Princess Grace Fellowship, the Terrence McNally Award, BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition, and runner-up for the National Latino Playwriting Award from the Arizona Theater Company. His plays have also been listed on the 50 Playwrights Project of “Best Unproduced Latino Plays”, Howlround’s “101 Plays by The New Americans or on Latinidad”, and he is a five-time semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Conference. His play The Book of Leonidas won Best Play at the Downtown Urban Arts Festival in NYC.

His playwriting fellowships include: The Public Theater in NYC, The Humanitas Prize in Los Angeles, Latino Theater Alliance/L.A. and Lincoln City Fellowship in NYC. Mr. Amador’s plays have been produced  cross the country, including at The Public Theater in NYC, The Cherry Lane Theatre NYC, Queens Theatre  NYC, Abingdon Theatre NYC, The Kennedy Center in DC, Firehouse Theater in VA, Wild Project in NYC, Full Circle Theatre in MN, Lark Developmental Theatre in NYC, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Next Iteration Theater in Houston, Wake Forest University, Blank Theatre in Los Angeles, Road Theater in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Theater Center, North Carolina Black Repertory Theater, Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe, Barter Theatre VA, National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle.

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