|The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle recently awarded Bernardo Solano, assistant professor of theatre, with its ?Outstanding New Play? award for writing ?Nuevo California.?|
The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle recently awarded Bernardo Solano, assistant professor of Theatre, with its “Outstanding New Play” award. Solano was honored for writing “Nuevo California,” which was performed at the San Diego Repertory Theatre last February.
The Rep commissioned Solano to write “Nuevo California,” which is set in 2028, when an international group works to build a borderless California following a devastating earthquake.
“We began by interviewing people in San Diego and Tijuana from all walks of life,” says Solano. “We had town hall forums, workshops and round table discussions in which we asked all kinds of questions about life on the border between our two countries. The contact with all these amazing people was really the source of inspiration. They provided the main source of information for the play.”
A Los Angeles resident, Solano dedicated more than 2 years developing the play, and is honored to receive the award.
“I was elated to win the award,” he says. “It really validated the time and effort not just by me, but by everyone involved in the production. I also feel it honors all the people who shared their stories, hopes and dreams with me.”