Have Pen, Will Travel

The story of Elizabeth Otero, New Mexico import, creator of GAS, opening June 4

By Miguel Mouchess
Published on LatinoLA: June 1, 2004

Have Pen, Will Travel

"Ms. Otero is this all you're carrying with you?...(pause) A Pen?...All the way from New Mexico and all you have is a Pen!"

Welcome to Los Angeles...enjoy your stay....or should we enjoy your presence?

Either way: Welcome!!!!

Elizabeth Otero:

Up and coming writer/director....import from New Mexico...her previous production work includes Big I Comedy Construction Project (for Radio) and Missing Ingredients from the overall show titled "Almas," have made good successful runs in Mew Mexico. Elizabeth is currently working with Josefina Lopez (writer, "Real Women Have Curves") at her CASA 0101 theatre and arts center in Boyle Heights. She studies screenwriting with Josefina and also is a member of the theater?s Latina comedy troupe, ?PMS.? PMS produced their first show in August 2003 entitled ?Toxic Shock Media.? In the fall of 2003 Elizabeth directed, performed in and co-wrote the next PMS show, ?Whorror Stories.? PMS most recently produced ?The Passion of the PMS.? Elizabeth also teaches playwriting at the theater. She is also collaborating/developing her first short script alongside her writing partners in the newly formed "Remaining 8" productions.

Elizabeth is pursuing a career in screenwriting, playwriting, and performing. She plans to continue creating comedy with meaning. Digby Wolfe, famed writer and her cherished mentor, said about her in the Albuquerque Journal, ?In my opinion, Otero has a brilliant future as a comedy writer.?

Elizabeth Otero wrote the full-length play, "Gas." It was presented at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the first full-length production to be produced there. It was part of the 2001 ?Words Afire Festival.? This play is another comedy that addresses cultural issues among young people in New Mexico. Gas enjoyed a very successful run and was entered in The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and won the Kennedy Center "Si TV" Playwriting Award, which is presented to the author of the best student-written play by a Latina or Latino playwright participating in KCACTF. Gas has recently been published and licensed by Dramatic Publishing Company who is now marketing the play.

Otero describes her play GAS in this way:

"GAS is basically a play about love overcoming racial differences. It takes place in Las Vegas, NM and is centered around Guillermo Martinez, a 17-year-old Chicano who is dealing with his mother getting married for the first time. Not only that but she's marrying an Anglo. Oh no! Guillermo hangs out at the local gas station with Frank, the quirky gas station attendant from Oklahoma who has basically been Guillermo's father figure since he came to Las Vegas. Janel, a 23-year-old 1/2 Chicana, 1/2 White woman comes into their lives when she stops at the gas station to get some gas. She is escaping her problems back in Las Cruces. She's forced to hang around these two characters for quite a while as her car is stolen from the pumps while she's inside the store trying to pay. The play ensues with Guillermo and Janel getting closer and further apart as they deal with their differences. There is a lot to laugh at in the play as we also see the adventures of the stolen car. We see the thieves take the car and then the car gets stolen from them. By the end of the play Janel and Guillermo fall for each other, Frank wins the lottery and buys them both cars, and the true identity of Guillermo's real father is identified. He's not puro Chicano like he thinks he is. Everything seems to be in line and everyone will accept each other for who they are, not what racial group they belong to."

Gas will run from June 4th - 27th @ Casa 0101 Theatre. 2009 E. 1st St., LA, 90033.

Friday and Saturday's @ 8pm and Sunday @ 3pm

Reservations strongly recommended...

for information call: 323-263-7684

About Miguel Mouchess:
A_TO_Z Productions..562-458-3672

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