Cruz is a Bronx-born, award-winning multi-platform playwright, lyricist, translator, and librettist of more than 60 works including: El Grito Del Bronx, Cigarettes & Moby-Dick, The Book of Miaou, & Frida, produced in venues such as BAM, Latino Chicago Theater Company, Mabou Mines, A.R.T., National Theater of Greece, Houston Grand Opera, Ateneo Puertorriqueño, & Teatro Vista. An alumna of New Dramatists, she received grants from Pregones/PRTT, the NEA, McKnight, NYFA, NYSCA, and Pew/TCG Foundations, and was named the 2013 Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright. Migdalia was nurtured by Sundance, the Lark, & by Maria Irene Fornés at INTAR. She taught for the Fornés Playwriting Workshop, Princeton, and LaMaMa/Umbria. She is the current co-chair of the DGF Playwriting Fellows 2019-2021 with Lucy Thurber, a mentor to the NYC Latinx Playwrights Circle; and recently received a commission from Clubbed Thumb via NYSCA to write Fish Tank and INTAR to write Lives of the New Kind of Saints with composer, Cristian Amigo.
Recent Projects: lookinglass: some thoughts on day four @ PlanetConnections, June 2020; Meat & Other Broken Promises @Homebound 4th Edition, July 2020; Never Moscow workshopped at U. of Evansville, November 2020; Richard III translation (a PlayOn!Shakespeare Project) @TheatreSpace NorthEast (Sunderland, England), Summer 2020 and Macbeth in 2021; a geo-located performance in Battery Park, Lives of the New Kind of Saints @INTAR, November 2020. Her Macbeth translation can be heard in a podcast via ncpodcast.com, launched in April 2021, and will be presented in a staged reading by BlackGirlsLoveTheBard, October 2021. In June 2021, Yorick’s Last Laugh: a dead comedy jam wherein he spills the “T” about the Danish royal family premiered at Shakespeare Dallas. Macbeth was published by ACMRS Press, Arizona State/Tempe, 2021.
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Never Moscow is what happens when a dying playwright gets to converse with his own characters outside of the confines of his play, because they really don’t want him to die... He might take them with him.
The story of two middle-aged sisters, cleaning up their dead parents’ house in the Claremont Village section of the South Bronx—but the parents were hoarders, their photographs have come to life, and their ghosts refuse to leave.