Nora Montañez
Many Voices Mentorship
Minneapolis, MN
Nora's writing are rooted at intersection of historical re-discovery and self-transformation to highlight the daily-living nuances of the Latinx stories.
Biography

Nora Montañez is an Afro-descendent Indigenous Peruvian playwright, producer, performer, educator and director. She was raised in Paterson, NJ and holds a BFA from Florida Atlantic University. In Minneapolis, Nora has performed at Theatre Latte Da, Children’s Theatre, Jungle Theater, The Guthrie Theater, Theatre Mu, Mixed Blood and many others. In Chicago, Nora has worked with Teatro Vista, Congo Square, Chicago Dramatist and Court Theatre. Nora has been commissioned by Penumbra Theatre (Race Workshop), Theatre 45° and Exposed Brick Theatre. She was a 2018 Next Step Grant recipient and a 2020 Many Voices Mentee with the Playwrights Center. Nora is also the Founder of ALMA (Alliance of Latinx Minnesota Artists), which facilitates alliances among the spectrum of Minnesotan Latinx artists.

Plays

Sabor A Mi is an autobiographical play that traces Nora's personal immigrant journey and told through Latin American music.

Cast:
Nora Montanez (Self)

"A disheveled Marlene returns to her one-bedroom apartment to find herself isolated. What was thought to be a night in takes a sudden turn by the ringing of her buzzer and three old friends organize an impromptu house party. However, nothing makes sense to Marlene. What year is it? Is she dreaming. Marlene is trying to make sense of it all while being caught between was is reality and was is fantasy.”

Cast:
Marlen: 25, Female-identifying/Non-white. Danny/Nurse #2: 20’s-30’s Gender Queer or Non-Binary/Non-white. Juan/ Physical Therapist: 20’s-30’s/Male indentifying/Non-white. Jesenia/ Nurse #1: 20’s-30’s/Female-identifying/Non-white. Jessica/Physician Specialist: 20’s-30’s/Female-identifying/Non-white.

La Comadre, is a Puerto Rican woman who has been living in Paterson, New Jersey since she arrived from la Isla. She is the matriarch of her community which is why she decides to throw a goodbye party for one of the community members. Told through Latin American music and highlighted through projections, we attend the evening festivities and view how La Comadre balances hosting and protecting her barrio.

Cast:
La Comadre, 40-50. Must be Afro-Latina or Indigenous Latina. Strong, gregarious, childlike but maternal. Sexual. Stubborn. A heavy smoker. La Comadre has been living in that 318 Union Ave., the apartment complex for 25 years. Ester, 40-50’s. Must be Black/African American or Afro-Latina. She is sharp and quick. She is resilient, maternal and the voice of reason. A caretaker. Ester lives in the neighborhood. Alejandro, 22. Latino. He is gentle and reserved. He is a caretaker. He tends to his sick mother. They are tenants at 318 Union Ave. Hector Morales, 40’s . Latino. Married to Melinda. Hard working, dedicated to his wife and children. The Morales family has been tenants at 318 Union Aven for years. They are in the process of moving to Florida. The Morales feels indebted to La Comadre, as she has supported them financially through rent party. Melinda Morales, Late 30’s. Any ethnicity. Not white. Married to Hector. Loving. Reserved but strong and honest. The Salsa Band/Tenants: A group of musicians (men and women) who traditionally play congas, bongos, bass, piano, tres, a horn section, and the smaller hand-held percussion instruments: claves, guíro, or maracas and/or trumpets.