When David Valdes was growing up on welfare in rural Maine, he didn’t expect to be a published author or produced playwright someday. But he loved reading and writing and knew at least that he’d be first in his immediate family to get a college degree. As a playwright, his work has been presented across the US and abroad, featured twice in the National Showcase of New Plays, as well as in the Humana Festival, and a Rolling World Premiere. His playwriting has won the Generations Prize, a Brother Thomas Artists Fellowship, and multiple commissions.
After making a name for himself as a Boston Globe magazine columnist, he authored three nonfiction books: Homo Domesticus, praised as a “touching, humorous memoir” by BookList; A Little Fruitcake, named a Today Show Top 10 Holiday Book; and Rhinestone Sisterhood, featured on NPR. He has written for the Huffington Post, Body + Soul, HowlRound, and others.
Growing up a Cuban-American, raised fundamentalist Christian, but knowing he was gay at a young age, Valdes says he’s had the full tour of the American experience, which is why his writing is so intersectional. As the parent of a mixed race child, he’s thrilled to bring to life a kick-ass African-American heroine in REVENGERS, in a story whose characters encompass diverse races and orientations.
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