Cover artwork of the Season in review 2020/21: A group of friends open a time capsule labelled 2020.
Ten Questions with Vickie Ramirez
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What was your most memorable theatrical experience as a child? 

There were no local theatres in my town (and no Drama Club), so I really only have two experiences: once, we family road-tripped to see the Pirates of Penzance, and I watched John Barton on Shakespeare on PBS. I still reference both.

2What production do you wish you’d seen? 

Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing by Tomson Highway. So subversive and brilliant. I really wish I’d seen the original production in Toronto. He’s the reason I’m a playwright.

3Who has made the biggest impact on your career? 

My community. Without them, I would have no subject. Also, Native Voices at the Autry have been strong advocates for my work and have produced me twice.


4What are you reading right now? 

The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking) by Katie Mack


5When you sit down to work, what must you have with you in the room? 

Something to drink, a blanket, and earphones.


6When you’re in despair with a piece of work, how do you maneuver out of that? 

This is when writer’s groups become a godsend. Feedback, good or bad, helps to get me out of my head, and I appreciate it all.


7If you hadn’t become a dramatist, what profession would you have chosen? Heh, probably a lawyer. I love to argue with myself in my plays.



8As a writer, what have you not done that you’ve always wanted to do? 

Like everyone, I’d like to write a novel. I have a fun genre idea I’d like to explore.


9Whose work do you drop everything to see? 

Tomson Highway, Bruce Norris, Larissa Fasthorse, Caryl Churchill, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Kia Corthron.


10What’s next? 

My play, Pure Native, was going to be produced by Alter Theater last year, and they’re looking at dates for this year. (Yay!) And Native Voices at the Autry is doing a First Look at Yuchewahkenh (Bitter) in August or September.

Vickie Ramirez
Vickie Ramirez

(Tuscarora) is a playwright living in unceded Lenapehoking (Queens) who writes about contemporary Indigenous people struggling with intersectionality, identity, and the lingering impact of colonization. She is a resident of New Dramatists (2025). Plays include Smoke, Standoff At Hwy#37, Pure Native, and Glenburn 12 WP.