My name is Jaime.
I put things on paper.
I also press the REC button.
My name is Jaime Alejandro Cruz. I write and record. I’m sending a creative signal from the WY prairie. My plays have received productions at the University of Wyoming, Evergreen College, Rain City Projects/Annex Theater and the Las Vegas Little Theater, as well as readings at the Seattle Repertory Theater Poncho Forum, the Last Frontier Conference in Alaska, and the American College Theater Festival at the Kennedy Center. I’ve worked on educational commissions for the University of Wyoming and have worked with the Casper Children’s Theater on theater for young audiences. I was a semifinalist for the Screamcraft Horror Contest for The Inherited, a coming of age supernatural thriller screenplay. I was also the national winner of the inaugural NAPAT Playwriting Award, and was a KCACTF national finalist for the John Cauble Award for my short play, Dead in the Kitchen. I studied theater performance at Casper College, and somehow walked out of the University of Wyoming with a BFA in playwriting/directing.
I’m dusting off the old plays to upload and writing new ones. For the latest writings and projects for the web, please visit The Idlewind Blog.
I’m a Mexican-American playwright from Wyoming.
I’d still be doing this, even if I didn’t want to. I find my truth and the truth of the world around me in little big plays. I like the surreal, the unlikely, the divine showing up in the ordinary. I am a working class artist. I come from a family of Mariachis and hardworking women. I write about that, and I write about things I want to learn about. Early on, I found myself thinking about cultures clashing, in a land of sagebrush and cowboys. That’s why I write stories that humanize The Other. We need them now more than ever. My work has been informed by the island of my Latinidad in this beautiful state I call home. I write because I want to show an audience what we have in common, regardless of race, class or what side of the border we started on. I would like to keep doing this, even if the world keeps telling me to stop. I think I will continue to do so: for my wife and son, and for my family. Make art, make haste.