Dark Play or Stories For Boys

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A TEENAGE BOY'S fictional Internet identity begins as a harmless game. But the game takes on a frightening reality when it's overwhelmed by real emotion. When the virtual world and the real one collide, Nick's fantasies of love, intimacy, obsession and betrayal spiral out of control, leading him to the brink of death.

  • 3 Men, 2 Women


World Premiere - Humana Festival of New American Plays, Actors' Theatre of Louisville, 2007

Select U.S. Productions - Actors' Express, Atlanta; Collaboraction Theatre, Chicago; Theatre @ Boston Court, Pasadena; Forum Theatre, Washington D.C.; Salt Lake Acting Company, Salt Lake City; Theatre Exile, Philadelphia

European Productions: Vigszinhaz, Budapest; Theatre der Stadt Aalen, Germany (Translated by Henning Bochert); Theatre Lubuski, Poland; Divaldo Andreja Bagara, Slovakia; State Youth Theatre, Lithuania

Workshops & Readings - Latino Theatre Festival, Goodman Theatre, 2006, The Theatre School at DePaul University, 2006; UC Santa Barbara Theatre Lab, 2005


Chicago Magazine, Top 10 Productions of 2012; L.A. Critic Circle Nominee for Best Production and Best Writing, 2007; National Latino Playwriting Award, Arizona Theatre Company, 2006


"Murillo's enjoyably hyper-theatrical play concerns the infinite latent possibilities within us, and the disturbing way in which our alienating and atomizing world encourages the furtive pursuit of one's kinkiest desires." Charles McNulty, LA Times.

"It's provocative and sensual. And it probes the pressing question—the changing nature of identity in the virtual world." Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune

"Top 10 Productions of 2012." - Chicago Magazine

 "Murillo, a Chicago playwright, has crafted a corrosively entertaining piece about a dastardly digital        masquerade -- a kind of perverse modern riff on all those classical plays about disguised wooers." -- Peter Marks, Washington Post

"…a shocking, revelatory look at how the Internet blurs reality and virtual reality. Perhaps no play since Equus has so searingly explored the violently malleable world of pubescent male sexuality." —John Moore, Denver Post.

"…as sharp as a razor and as dark as the mind of a depressed teenager…timely and compelling." —Louisville Courier Journal.

"What Carlos Murillo's drama does so chillingly is show how predator can become prey in the inversion of society that takes root in online forums. It's a fascinating story of a viper who winds up gorging on its own tale, not realizing his own grotesque degree of self-mutilation until too late and he's gnawed his way up to a bloody, broken heart." - Chicago Theatre Beat

"I want to stand up and applaud . . . exciting to watch." - TalkinBroadway.com

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