$ 12.00

by Ignacio Lopez
with an introduction by Noel Allain
Oct 2020
80 pages
paper/perfect bound
ISBN: 978-1732545227

Dark, disturbing, deft, irreverent, and revelatory, Ignacio Lopez’s monologue is at once a coming-of-age story, a horror story, and a highly theatrical experiment in radical empathy. Weaving together two voices—that of Ignacio himself as he narrates the painful process of coming out in a strictly Catholic family, and that of Jeffrey Dahmer, speaking in the wake of his arrest for the rape, murder, and dismemberment of 17 people—Severed asks: where do we draw the line between human and monster, severing, as we do so, the possibility of empathy, forgiveness, and understanding? What happens when we see ourselves reflected in the monster’s eye?


Ignacio Lopez is a playwright and performer living in Brooklyn, New York. His work has been supported by New York Theatre Workshop, the Bushwick Starr, and INTAR Hispanic American Arts Center. He has contributed his writing, dramaturgical, and performance talents at the Public Theatre, the Goodman Theatre, the Williamstown Theater Festival, Northlight Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, and the Colorado Shakespeare Festival.

Noel Allain is the Founding Artistic Director of The Bushwick Starr Theater. He is a graduate of Skidmore College and the Juilliard School's Drama Division. As an actor, he has performed in various theater, television, and film productions in and out of New York City. At the Starr, he has programmed artists and companies such as Heather Christian, Jeremy O. Harris, Dave Malloy, Half Straddle, Daniel Fish, Clare Barron, Ayesha Jordan, The Mad Ones, Phillip Howze, Erin Markey, David Greenspan, Haruna Lee, Diana Oh, and Jillian Walker. He has developed the Starr’s workshop, Creating Performance, in collaboration with El Puente Leadership Academy, and its after school program, Big Green Theater, with Superhero Clubhouse. He has served as a panelist for NYSCA, LMCC, The Shed, Sundance Theater Lab, and HERE’s HARP Residency; appeared as a guest artist for the University of Iowa’s New Play Festival; and as a guest speaker at Colombia, NYU, Hunter, Bard, Skidmore, and the Prelude Festival