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Death Before Decaf

by Quinn Xavier Hernandez
Dramaturgy and Directing: Rebekah Suellau

JULY 11th, 7:30pm
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When: Jul 11, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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QUINN XAVIER HERNANDEZ is a theatremaker currently residing in Atlanta, GA (originally from Charlotte, NC). Their two favorite books-turned-movies of all time are MATILDA and THE HELP; as a playwright, their work explores the spectrum between the two. Their play, MOMMA, was originally developed at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center during their time with the National Theater Institute. It has gone on to receive development through Working Title Playwrights’ masterclasses and the competitive Ethel Woolson Lab series. Their short plays STORM CLOUDS FOR LONELY HEARTS and EAT YOU ALIVE have been featured at the ImproStudio in Los Angeles through the Wishbone Theatre Collective and at the Atlanta Mask Center through the Atlanta AppCo Alumni Association, respectively. Their play, DEATH BEFORE DECAF!! A dramatic retelling of heavily caffeinated events, is the culmination of their work this past year as Working Title Playwrights’ inaugural New Play Development and Production Apprentice under the mentorship of Amber Bradshaw and Rebekah Suellau. Quinn is also a founding member of The Cultivators, an Atlanta-based new works development organization empowering its member playwrights to create original and impactful works of theatre and film. Quinn received their B.A. in Performing Arts (Theatre) with a minor in Dramatic Writing from Clemson University in May of 2018. They are also a proud alumnus of the National Theater Institute’s Advanced Playwriting program (Spring 2017).


Deep in the bowels of a well-known coffee chain, a mythical and monstrous Icon yearns to return to the time before profitability overtook everything. When barista trainer Johanna welcomes us behind the counter and butts heads with the disgruntled Store Manager, the Icon seizes the opportunity to teach us all a lesson. By manipulating the bold but hapless baristas, interrupting shifts, derailing training sessions, and raising the stakes on our morning cup of coffee to a supernatural level, the Icon delights in spilling the corporation’s proverbial ‘tea’ and reminding us that, at the end of the day, it’s really just coffee.
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