Milagro is proud to produce the world premiere of City Without Altar by award winning, Dominican-American playwright, Jasminne Mendez. City Without Altar is a two-act play in verse that amplifies the voices and experiences of victims, survivors and living ancestors of the 1937 Haitian Massacre that occurred along the northwest Dominican/Haitian border during the Trujillo Era.
Milagro’s espectaculo production includes a topical and verse-laden palabrada open mic with panels and workshops centered around the creative diaspora that is explores Dominican and Haitian identities and culture. Art exhibitions will also be included in an effort to enable conversations between community members from a plethora of backgrounds.
City Without Altar is proudly supported by the National New Play Network and the Hampton Family Foundation.
Jasminne Mendez is a Dominican-American poet, playwright, award winning author and podcast host. She is the author of two poetry/prose collections Island of Dreams (Floricanto Press), Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Personal Essays and Poetry(Arte Público Press). Her first full poetry collection, Machete, was a finalist for the Noemi Press Book Award for Poetry and is forthcoming as part of their Akrilica Series in 2022. Her YA memoir A Bucket of Dirty Water: Memories of My Girlhood and her debut picture book Josefina’s Habichuelas(Arte Público Press) will be released in fall 2021. Her work is included in the forthcoming YA Latinx Anthology Wild Tongues Can’t be Tamed (Flatiron, Macmillan), edited by Saraciea Fennell, and in The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext (Haymarket Books). She is an MFA graduate of the Creative Writing program at the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University. She is represented by Stefanie Sanchez Von Bortsel at Full Circle Literary