Purchase tickets for MÁS shows September 23 at Phoenix Center for the Arts.
Based on over 400 pages of interview transcripts, MÁS is a recount of the movement to save the Mexican American Studies program at Tucson Unified School District. The play takes an intimate look at the people at the center of the movement, and the community’s struggle to hold on to its history, identity and humanity.
Milta Ortiz is a playwright with an MFA from Northwestern University’s Writing for the Screen and Stage program. A Bay Area transplant to Tucson by way of Chicago, she relocated to Tucson, Arizona for a National New Play Network (NNPN) playwright residency at Borderlands Theater. For her residency, she she wrote and developed the play MÁS, featured at the Latino Theater Commons Carnaval play festival 2015, and the 18th Annual Tucson Pastorela. The ongoing headline news surrounding the MAS program prompted her to take up the docudrama format. A departure only in form, as this play speaks to her fascination with relationships and the effects of gender/class/race on these relationships. Her plays include Disengaged (TYA) commissioned by Rising Youth Theater, premiered at the Phoenix Center for the Arts in 2014; You, Me and Tuno, a finalist in NYC’s Downtown Urban Theater Festival 2013; Fleeing Blue won the 2012 Wichita State playwriting contest and a university production in 2012; Last of the Lilac Roses was a runner up finalists at NYC’s Repertorio Español’s, Nuestra’s Voces play contest 2011.