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Posted: Tuesday March 23, 2010
Carmen Aguirre

Carmen Aguirre has written and co-written twenty-five plays, including Blue Box, The Trigger, and Chile Con Carne. She is currently touring her latest one-woman show, Broken Tailbone, and is writing three new plays. Her second memoir, Mexican Hooker #1 and My Other Roles Since the Revolution was published in April 2016 to outstanding reviews, was shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, is a Globe and Mail bestseller, and a National Post and CBC Best Book of 2016. Her first book, the critically acclaimed Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter, won CBC Canada Reads 2012 and is a #1 national bestseller. Carmen is the recipient of the Hispanic Business Alliance’s 2014 Ten Most Influential Hispanics in Canada Award, Latincouver’s 2014 Most Inspirational Latin Award, the 2014 Betty Mitchell Outstanding Actor Award for her work in Alberta Theatre Projects’ The Motherfucker with The Hat, the 2012 Langara College Outstanding Alumna Award, the 2011 Union of B.C. Performers’ Lorena Gale Woman of Distinction Award, and the 2002 New Play Centre Award for Best New Play, for The Refugee Hotel. Carmen has over eighty film, TV, and stage acting credits. She is a graduate of Studio 58.

LATEST Carmen Aguirre NEWS

September 2016 : This Sunday: WORD Vancouver!

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September 2015 : Carmen Aguirre remembers the Chilean revolution

June 2015 : CBC Recommends Memoirs by 15 Canadian Women

August 2014 : 2014 Betty Mitchell Award Winners


Refugee Hotel, The

Playwrights’ Theatre Centre Best New Play Award


Trigger, The

Finalist for the 2005 Jessie Richardson Award for Innovation Award (Touchstone Theatre)


Blue Box

“The play pivots on the fascinating contradictory impulses in this one person: the selfishness of sexual passion versus the selflessness of passionate revolutionary commitment. A good storyteller, Aguirre runs the full gamut of emotion.”
Vancouver Province

“There’s a clear, sophisticated intelligence at work here. The script is riddled with both serious and ironic political references.”
Georgia Straight

“A storytelling tour-de-force …”
Fast Forward Weekly

“She has the force of a hurricane. Aguirre deals in love instead of destruction.”
Mooney on Theatre

“Blue Box is an unapologetic story of power, told with power. Its narrative bathes in it, bemoans the loss of it, fights it and fears it.”
Monday Magazine

“A night of vivid storytelling …”
Calgary Herald

“Vivid tapestry of love, loss and desperation.”
West of West


Refugee Hotel, The

“Full of wonder and terror …The battle between courage and cowardice looms large here; duty to one’s self or to one’s people is a constant internal compromise … humourous … heartbreaking.”

“A powerful new play.”
CBC Radio

“Four-star hotel … This moving, often engrossing play paints rich portraits of eight refugees: some tortured, some fearful, all defiant … a production to catch for its theatrical strengths and historic insights … triumphant.”
NOW Magazine

“[Aguirre is] an artist with an impressive life story and impeccable intentions … Aguirre lived what she is writing about … and that lends The Refugee Hotel real authenticity.”
Globe & Mail

“A humorous and heartbreaking look at life in exile.”
Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles


Trigger, The

The Trigger is a knockout … intelligent, powerful, funny, horrific, theatrically stunning, and utterly free of victimology.”
— Jerry Wasserman

“The writing is at its most revealing when Aguirre shows us how­ the young Carmen’s mind struggles to process adult-scale horror…Going into an evening like this, you might expect sentimentalization of pain or oversimplification of politics … what The Trigger offers is so strange that it has the ring of truth, and it is never simplistic. Often, though, it is beautiful.”
— Colin Thomas, Georgia Straight

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