In this episode of Chicago Playwrights, we speak with Kristiana Colón. Colón is a playwright, author, activist and former slam poet who received Arizona Theatre Company’s 2014 National Latino Playwriting Award and Polarity Ensemble Theatre’s Dionysos Cup for her play Octagon. She has performed her poetry on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and compiled it the chapbook pieces of shedu (2008), among several other anthologies. She is an artistic associate at Teatro Luna and has been a close collaborator and fundraiser for the protests in Ferguson following the death of Michael Brown. Her new event Octagon Live blends the slam poetry world of Octagon with a real poetry slam, inviting real poets to come and compete in front of an audience against the fictional characters of the play. She is also currently workshopping her play good friday at Stage Left’s Leapfest. good friday runs through the end of July, and Octagon Live begins this August at Chicago Dramatists.
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