EDWIN SANCHEZ: I had just done my first play as an actor, The Me Nobody Knows, and I really fell in love with the sense of community I found. When I got to New York I found the roles for Latino actors to be very limited, gang members, drug dealers, so I decided I would write plays that would reflect the world as I saw it. I have always been surrounded by a real mix of people and I wanted my characters and my plays to reflect that.
JL: Tell me a little bit about your writing process. Do you have any writing rituals? Do you write in the same place or in different places?
ES: I really don't have a ritual. The only thing that is a must for me is that I have to write the first draft in long hand. I love the idea of a character coming through me onto the paper.
JL: Can you tell me about the play that’s being published in Plays for Two?
ES: Bea & May is a love story between two women. We open on the wedding of one of them and come to discover they will not wind up together.
JL: What excited you about being a part of this anthology?
ES: Eric and Nina have included my work in a prior anthology so I’m very happy to be back. What’s so important about it is that short plays can just disappear into the ether. These anthologies give them a permanence that is really exciting and gratifying.
JL: What advice do you have for up-and-coming playwrights?
ES: Don’t talk your play, write it. Don’t tell everyone what the story is, write it. It’s the sitting down and doing the work that matters. Also find out what works best for you. Silence, music, solitude.
JL: What next for you? Where can we follow your work?
ES: I have a website, edwinsanchez-writer.com and I’ve just finished my first novel, Diary of a Puerto Rican Demigod, which should be available soon. I continue to write and I teach at ESPA at Primary Stages in NY.
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It takes two to tango—or to perform a duet, fight a duel, or play ping-pong. The two-character play is dramatic confrontation stripped to its essence. These four full-length and twenty-four short plays feature pairs of every sort—strangers, rivals, parents and children, siblings, co-workers, friends, and lovers—swooning or sparring, meeting cute or parting ways. In a dizzying range of moods and styles, these two-handers offer the kind of meaty, challenging roles actors love, while providing readers and audiences with the pleasures of watching the complex give-and-take dynamics of two keenly matched characters.