Álvaro was raised in Puerto Rico but after he becomes estranged from his family he moves to New York to become an artist. He becomes obsessed with an episode of The X-Files when he realizes that he and the protagonist of that episode share the same name. Could the episode contain proof of a real-life conspiracy? Years later, when a friend visits Álvaro’s family seeking permission to publish his plays, she begins to suspect that Álvaro’s conspiracy theories may not be so farfetched after all.

Ghost story or socio-political critique? Cortiñas’s play explores how families – and nations – are haunted by their pasts.


World Premiere in the 2017 Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. 

Recent Alien Abductions was commissioned by Playwrights Horizons with funds provided by The New York State Council on the Arts. The script received development from Fulcrum Theater, efforts that were supported in part by the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, the Ford Foundation and the Surdna Foundation. Special thanks also to New Dramatists, NYTW and The Corporation of Yaddo.


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Written & Directed by:
Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas

Set Design:
Adam Rigg

Costume Design:
Fabian Fidel Aguilar

Lighting Design:
Amith Chandrashaker

Sound Design:
Mikaal Sulaiman



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Toshiki Okada

is a theater-maker based in New York. His most recent plays include Bird in the Hand (Fulcrum, New York Times Critics Pick) and Blind Mouth Singing (NAATCO,  New York Times Critics Pick). His many awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts (three years), and the Helen Merrill Award, among others. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists and a NYTW Usual Suspect.